ⓘ Sacred Defense cinema refers to a genre of Iranian films that deals with various aspects of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980–1988. Although little noticed in the West, ..

                                     

ⓘ Sacred Defense cinema

Sacred Defense cinema refers to a genre of Iranian films that deals with various aspects of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980–1988. Although little noticed in the West, the genre has produced more than 200 movies. The first examples of Sacred Defence cinema were released while the war was still going on. Since then the genre has gone from strength to strength, producing both critical and commercial hits. Some of Irans most noted directors have engaged with the genre, among them Ebrahim Hatamikia, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Majid Majidi and Kamal Tabrizi. Hatamikia is one of the most prolific and successful proponents of the genre.

In 2007, Iranian war cinema retrospectives were held in New York and at the Barbican Centre in London. The first comprehensive academic study in the West was published in 2012: Iranian Sacred Defence Cinema: Religion, Martyrdom and National Identity by Pedram Khosronejad.

                                     

1. Notable films

  • The Eagles, 1984
  • The Little Soldier Bakhshaian
  • The Scout, 1988
  • Two Semi Blind Eyes Makhmalbaf
  • Crossing, 1988
  • The First Bell Fatemi
  • Fence, 1983
  • A Boat Towards the Shore, 1984
  • The Stranded Bearer, 1985
  • Lovers Place, 1983
  • From the Karkhe to the Rhine, 1993
  • Journey to Chazabeh, 1996
  • Abadanians, 1993
  • Bravados, 1981
  • Horizon, 1988
  • Passage, 1986
  • The 5th Kilometer, 1980
  • The Sergeant, 1991
  • Union of the Good, 1992
  • Mohajer, 1990
  • Deliverance, 1983
  • We Are Standing Hor
  • A Military Base in Hell, 1982
  • Man and Weapon, 1988
  • Snake Fang, 1989
  • The Glass Eye, 1991
  • Bashu, the Little Stranger, 1990
  • Identity, 1986