Forough Farrokhzad

Film (general)
Visual Arts (painting)
Written and spoken word (lyric)
Middle East, America, South, Europe, Western
Iran (Islamic Republic of), Peru, France
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Forough Farrokhzad, born in 1935 in Tehran, initially studied dressmaking and painting at the Kamalolmolk Technical College. She soon discovered her love of writing, composing poems describing the situation of women in Iran. In 1955, she published her first volume of poetry, “Asir” (The Captive), soon following it with a second volume “Divar” (The Wall) similarly advocating women’s rights and further fuelling the acrimonious debate that had broken out over her work and views. In 1959, Forough Farrokhzad left for England to study Film and English. After she had returned to Iran she began to make films, including her key work “The House is Black” (1962), which won several major international awards. In it she pursues her concern for social issues, linking quotes from the Koran and the Torah to images of life in a leper colony. She published two further collections of poetry Esian (Rebellion), Tavallodi Digar (Another Birth) and completed one final volume “Let us believe in the beginning of the cold season” before she tragically died in a car accident on 14 February, 1967. Forough Farrokhzad is regarded as one of Iran’s outstanding creative artists, a key figure in both poetry and painting. Both the UNESCO and director Bernardo Bertolucci have made short films about her life.
Author: Haus der Kulturen der Welt