Esmail Koushan

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Esmail Koushan or Kooshan (Persian: اسماعیل کوشان‎) (1917-1981) was an Iranian film director who was one of the pioneering figures of Persian cinema. He has been called "the father of the Iranian film industry" by Georges Sadoul.[1]

Koushan, who studied film-making in Germany at Universum Film Aktienge-Sellschafe (UFA), began by dubbing foreign-language films into Parsi.[2][3] He then set up the Mitrafilm company, which produced the first Iranian "talkie" feature film in 1948, The Storm of Life.[3]


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  1. ^ Sadoul, Georges (1949) Histoire du Cinema Mondial des Origines a Nous Jours, Flammarion, p. 485
  2. ^ "A BRIEF CRITICAL HISTORY OF IRANIAN FEATURE FILM (1896-1975)", University of Washington, retrieved 2011-01-29
  3. ^ a b Film, Issues 59-67 (1972), p. 13, British Federation of Film Societies