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Ebrahim Golestan

Filmmaker, Writer
19 October 1922 to 22 August 2023

An Iranian filmmaker and writer, who was a leading figure in Iran’s film industry. Ebrahim Golestan was originally recruited to make a series of PR-led educational shorts and films for an Anglo-Iranian oil consortium. He left in 1957 to set up his own production house, Golestan Studios, creating such critically-acclaimed works as A Fire (1961), The Hills of Marlik (1963), Brick and Mirror (1964), The Crown Jewels of Iran (1965), Harvest and the Seed (1965), Kharab-abad (1966) and Secrets of the Treasure of the Jinn Valley (1974). After the death of his partner Forugh Farrokhzad, director of the documentary The House is Black (1967), which Golestan produced, he sold his studio and relocated to the UK, where he continued to write and publish several stories and books. He featured in Mitra Farahani’s documentary See You Friday, Robinson (2022), in discussion with fellow intellectual and filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.

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