Cinema Is a Potent Generator of Change, Says Iranian Filmmaker During Israel Visit

Mohsen Makhmalbaf was the first Iranian director whose films were commercially released in Israel. Now the former anti-Shah activist, who became equally critical of his country's Islamic regime, brings his new film to this week's Jerusalem film festival.

It’s not often that one has a chance to talk to a veteran film director who is still passionate about cinema and art, and who despite his rich oeuvre feels that for him every new film is the start of a new journey and another adventure. That was the nature of my meeting with Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 56, who is a guest of the Jerusalem Film Festival in honor of the screening of his new movie,...