Iran's greatest generation? Provocative filmmaker recasts Iran-Iraq War

"The Ascendants" shows an ordinary family caught up in the Iran-Iraq War, which shapes Iran even today. But in its depiction of the war, the film defies the official narrative of a "sacred defense."

By , Staff writer

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    Iranian film director and a former leader of the hard-line Ansar-e Hezbollah vigilante group, Massoud Dehnamaki stands beside a banner for his film "Ekhrajiha," or "The Outcasts," in 2007, the year of its release. The director's latest war movie takes a more nuanced view of the Iran-Iraq War in which he fought.
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