Quotes by Bahman Ghobadi

Bahman Ghobadi

Iranian-Kurdish film director, producer and writer

Alive from: 1969-

Category: Movie | Writers (Contemporary)

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    Actually, the only thing I regret is not making more underground films and bringing them with me as historical documents.
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    For me, it's better to live without looking over your shoulder, worrying about who is controlling your phone, maybe poisoning your food.
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    I'm free - but I'm also not free because there are millions of young people living in Iran. A filmmaker can only do a little.
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    I'm very much interested in music specifically and wanted to make a film about it, but not in an atmosphere of censorship.
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    If I hadn't turned out to be a filmmaker, I would have been a musician.
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    In Iranian cinema, all the lying takes place before making the film. In order to be able to make the film, you have to lie.
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    In Kurdistan, there's a lot of hardship - a lot of wars, a lot of bitter and difficult lifestyles. And witnessing all those made me a director.
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    In my view, the adults are the burnt generation of Iraq for whom nothing can be done. But for the children, we can worry now, we can talk about them, we can plan for them, we can get our protest heard by others.
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    It feels very, very good to make a film freely, to work without having to wait years for script approval, without looking over your shoulder.
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    Lying and corruption are in the Iranian society in all sense of the world, and if you do research about married women, you see that a lot of them tell you they get a lot of enjoyment from breaking the rules of corruption, because just for the fact that they break the rules, it makes them oppose the system.
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    When you want to make a film abroad, you need producers and people who support you. You need a team that speaks your language.
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