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My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns

April 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm
Kamran Heidari.

My Name is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns  (Iran, 2013)

Utterly unexpected and thoroughly charming, director Kamran Heidari’s debut documentary about an amateur filmmaker in southwestern Iran explodes preconceived notions and illuminates the universal power of popular culture.  Since he was a teen, Negahdar Jamali has obsessively made low-budget westerns modeled on his idols John Ford and Sergio Leone in the arid plains surrounding his hometown of Shiraz.  Ignored by the official film ministry and harangued by his long-suffering wife, Jamali perseveres with a dreamer’s passion.

Producer: Merdad Monavarian.  Director: Kamran Heidari.  Cinematography: Kamran Heidari.  Editor: Bahman Kiarostami.  Cast: Negahdar Jamali.  DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 65 min.