Rakhshān Bani-E’temād (Persian: رخشان بنی اعتماد , Rakhshān Bani-E’temād, born 3 April 1954 in Tehran) is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. She is widely considered Iran’s premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.Her title as “First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is not only a reference to her prominence as a filmmaker, but it also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work.
Early Life and Education
Rakhshan Bani-E’temad was born into a middle-class family. While her parents wanted her to pursue a career in teaching, Bani-E’temad demonstrated an interest in film from a young age. As a teenager, she had decided to study film. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in film studies from the Dramatic Arts University in Tehran.
Shortly after completing her degree, Bani-E’temad… read more