Ebrahim Golestan

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Ebrahim Golestan
Ebrahim Golestan.jpg
Native name
ابراهیم گلستان
Born (1922-10-19) 19 October 1922 (age 96)
EducationUniversity of Tehran (unfinished)
OccupationWriter and director
Spouse(s)Fakhri Golestan
Partner(s)Forough Farrokhzad[1]
ChildrenLeili (b. 1944?)
Kaveh (b. 1950–d. 2003)
FamilyMani Haghighi (grandson)
Mehrak Golestan (grandson)
Wykehurst Place owned by Ebrahim Golestan

Ebrahim Golestan (also spelt Ibrahim Golestan, Persian: ابراهیم گلستان‎), (born October 19, 1922 in Shiraz, Iran) is an Iranian filmmaker and literary figure with a career spanning half a century. He has lived in Sussex, United Kingdom, since 1975.

He was closely associated with the controversial and eminent Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad until her death, whom he met at his studio in 1958. He is said to have inspired her to live more independently.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Golestan was married to his cousin, Fakhri Golestan. He is the father of Iranian photojournalist Kaveh Golestan, and Lili Golestan,[3] translator and owner and artistic director of the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, Iran. His grandson, Mani Haghighi, is also a film director. His other grandson Mehrak, is a rapper.

Golestan was a member of Tudeh Party of Iran, but he broke away in January 1948.[4]

After Farrokhzâd's death, Golestân was protective of her privacy and memory. For example, in response to the publication of a biographical/critical study by Michael Craig Hillmann called A Lonely Woman: Forugh Farrokhzad and Her Poetry (1987), he published a lengthy attack against Hillmann in a Tehran literary magazine,[5] to which Hillmann responded to the attack at length in an article part of which was also published in the same Tehran literary magazine and which is available online at Academia.edu/Michael Hillmann under the title "Az Shâ'eri-ye Nâder Nâderpur to Fârsi'khâni dar Qalb-e Tekzâs, Javâbiyeh'i be Ebrâhim Golestân."

In February 2017, on the occasion of 50 years after Farrokhzad's death, the 94-year-old Golestan broke his silence about his relationship with Forough, speaking to the Guardian's Saeed Kamali Dehghan.[6] “I rue all the years she isn’t here, of course, that’s obvious,” he said. “We were very close, but I can’t measure how much I had feelings for her. How can I? In kilos? In metres?”



  • Âzar, mâh-e âkher-e pâ’iz (Azar, the last month of autumn), 1948
  • Shekâr-e sâyeh (Shadow-hunting), 1955
  • Juy-o divâr-o teshneh (The stream, the wall and the thirsty one), 1967
  • Madd-o meh (Tide and mist), 1969
  • Rooster, 1995



  • Yek atash (A fire) (1961)
  • Moj, marjan, khara (1962)
  • The Hills of Marlik (1963)
  • The crown jewels of Iran (1965)



  1. ^ http://www.chouk.ir/maghaleh-naghd-gotogoo/1451-2012-02-20-09-32-04.html
  2. ^ "Farough timeline". Retrieved 8 April 2012.
  3. ^ Masoud Soheili, Photographer, Portrait & People: Lili Golestan
  4. ^ Maziar, Behrooz (2000). Rebels With A Cause: The Failure of the Left in Iran. I.B.Tauris. p. 168. ISBN 1860646301.
  5. ^ "Az Yek Maqâleh va Chand Ostâd."
  6. ^ Ebrahim Golestan's interview with the Guardian's Saeed Kamali Dehghan


  • Hamid Dabashi, Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema, 451 p. (Mage Publishers, Washington, DC, 2007); Chapter III, pp. 71–106: Ebrahim Golestan; Mud Brick and Mirror. ISBN 0-934211-85-X

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