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My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns

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True Story · Films about Film · Labor  

  • CountryIran
  • Production Year2012
  • Running Time65min
  • Format DV
  • ColorColor
Program Note
Negahdar Jamali has been making western films in Iran for 35 years. Not screened in normal theaters, and with few?or no?sponsors let alone producers, his films are made and watched by and with people in his neighborhood. This engaging documentary pays witness to this passionate director making his beloved westerns while earning a living. Director Kamran Jamali always introduces himself by saying, “My name is Negahdar Jamali and I make westerns”. This borrows from Hollywood icon John Ford’s famous comment before the Director’s Guild when Hollywood found itself caught in the communist witch-hunts of the 1950s. Resisting the political suppression of film directors, this statement directly applies to Jamali as well, who is showing his genuine love of cinema through his western films. The film is filled with unreserved fervor for a man who cannot stop making films despite many realistic problems, among them social prejudices, family conflicts and making ends meet. (CHO Young-jung)
Kamran Heidari was born in Gachsaran, near Shiraz in 1977. After receiving his Diploma he started making films and attended classes for making documentary films for 5 years. All his documentaries and photos are about people from his region Shiraz (Fars). <My Name Is Negahdar Jamali and I Make Westerns> is his first long documentary.
  • Director Kamran HEIDARI 캄란 하이다리
  • Producer Monavarian Mehrdad
  • Cinematography Heidari Kamran
  • Production Design Alavizadeh Tahereh
  • Editor Kiarostami Bahman
  • Production Company Mehrdad Monavarian
    Iran no 160, Golshan Town, Quran Sq, Shiraz