The Paris IssueNovember 2020
Mozaffar Din Shah in Europe

Mozaffar al-Din Shah and Akkasbashi: The Initiators

The French-Iranian Film Connection dates back almost as far as the history of cinema itself. In 1900, making profligate use of a loan from the Russian tsar, Mozaffar al-Din Shah, fifth in the line of Qajar monarchs, undertook a months-long pleasure tour of Europe.

Farokh Ghafari: The Cosmopolitan

In the 1940s, Farokh Ghafari moved to Paris and into the heart of its vibrant cinephilic milieu, hired as an assistant by Henri Langlois, cofounder and director of the Cinémathèque Française.