GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
1969: Iran's "New Wave" in filmmaking begins with the production of Dariush Mehrjui's The Cow.

The film The Cow, which concerns a poor village that loses its only cow and the devastation of that loss, is banned in Iran upon its release for its depiction of poverty and poor social conditions. Mehrjui's controversial, critically acclaimed film ushers in the Iranian New Wave in filmmaking, noted for its rejection of commercialism and melodrama in favor of social consciousness. Iran's film tradition is currently among the most celebrated in the world.

PBS Iranian Culture
http://www.pbs.org/visavis/culture_mstr.html

Vis Vis looks at Iran's rich traditions of cinema, literature, and music.