Rethinking the history of enslavement through the lens of Iranian cinema

A new book by assistant professor of comparative literature and near eastern studies, Parisa Vaziri, exams African enslavement in the western Indian Ocean through the lens of Iranian cinema.

From the publisher:

Racial Blackness and Indian Ocean Slavery reveals how Iranian cinema preserves the legacy of this vast and yet long-overlooked history that has come to be known as Indian Ocean slavery. Revealing the politicized clash between commercial cinema and alternative filmmaking, Parisa Vaziri shows that Iranian film preserves the legacy of African slavery’s longue durée in ways that resist its overpowering erasure in the popular and historical imagination.

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