The 13th episode of Parse is an excerpt from a presentation given by Dr. Anne Démy-Geroe on how Iran became a cinematic “hotspot” in the 1990s and Iranian films became an indispensable part of many international film festivals. Demy-Geroe’s presentation is based on her experience as a festival director and focuses on tracing a politically contextualized history of the reception of Iranian cinema in the West from 2000 to 2013, and will also briefly examine the response from the Iranian government.
Démy-Geroe teaches Asia Pacific cinema at Griffith University. An inaugural member of the Nominations Council for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, a Vice President of NETPAC, and a Co-Director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, Anne was the inaugural Director of the Brisbane International Film Festival from 1991 to 2010 and co-Director of the Iranian Film Festival Australia from 2010 to 2017. She has a Ph.D. in the area of Iranian cinema and is the author of Iranian National Cinema: The Interaction of Policy, Genre, Funding and Reception published in 2020.