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08.08.02

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The Makhmalbaf Film House

BBC FOUR
Monday 26 August 2002, from 7pm

At 17 Samira Makhmalbaf was the youngest filmmaker ever to have a film screened at Cannes.

Three years later, she continued to astound the filmmaking world by becoming the youngest-ever director to win one of the film world's most prestigious awards - The Cannes Film Festival's Prix de Jury.

An incredible achievement, when you consider her age, her gender and the country in which she was raised - The Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Makhmalbaf Film House, a new documentary for BBC FOUR, examines Samira's work and the influences that helped form her.

The daughter of one of Iran's most prominent and controversial filmmakers, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Samira decided to leave state education aged 14.

Along with the rest of her family, Samira was educated at home by her father, forming what would eventually become known as The Makhmalbaf Film House – a self-styled, home film-studio.


BBC FOUR examines the Makhmalbaf filmmaking phenomenon.

Including in-depth interviews with both Samira and Mohsen, the programme explores their reception inside and outside Iran, Samira's success and her plans for the future.

Preceding The Makhmalbaf Film House, BBC FOUR also presents the acclaimed Blackboards.

Producer Susan Kemp
A BBC Production for BBC FOUR


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