With a brief survey of Iranian fiction and film since the early twentieth century, this article reflects on the changes and developments in these two art forms in recent decades. It argues that although serious writers and filmmakers in the past century displayed a commitment to social and political issues in their country, and while the nature of the endeavors of the postrevolutionary literary authors and serious filmmakers have generally remained the same, the 1978-79 Iranian Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war ,as well as the new restrictions imposed by the Islamic regime, have had considerable impact on and brought changes to the art of storytelling in Iran.

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