Seifollah Samadian

Born in Tehran in 1954, Seifollah Samadian is an accomplished Iranian artist, photographer and cinematographer. Highly-regarded internationally as an art director with experience working with directors like Martin Scorsese and Abbas Kiarostami, Samadian came to the forefront of critical attention in a wave of Iranian photography that gained momentum in Iranian the arts scene in the years following the 1988 end of the Iran-Iraq war.
Samadian later became Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Tehran and is today Publisher and Editor-in-chief of the Iranian cultural magazine Tassvir (Photography).

Tehran: the 25th Hour

On the 29th of November, 1998, moments after the Iranian National Football Team qualified as the 32nd team in World Cup `98, the usually quiet streets of Tehran were transformed into isles of joy as people united to celebrate their nation's sporting victory. It was one of the happiest days in the life of the modern Iranian nation; a day that would come to be known as "Sweet Saturday."

Screening with Offside.

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