Director: Khatereh Khodaei
Duration: 72 minutes
Curated with help from Siavash Fattahinia
The Institute for the Development of Children and Young Adults, commonly referred to as “Kanoon,” is an Iranian cultural non-profit organization founded in 1965 by Queen Farah. It began as an effort to collect books and create libraries in underprivileged parts of the capital city, but grew into a nationwide network of cultural centers for children complete with multimedia libraries, an award-winning publishing house, and producer of films, plays, and music for children. Several of the most prominent contemporary artists in Iranian cinema began their careers in Kanoon.
Based on extensive original interviews with Kanoonʼs founding directors, leading filmmakers (including Abbas Kiarostami), and contemporary artists, who as children attended classes at the center, Khatereh Khodaeiʼs documentary “Kanoon” tells the story of this important institution. The documentary was part of her PhD dissertation, “The Role of Kanoon Institute in the Iranian Art Cinema from 1970 to 1990.”