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This article illuminates the obscured story of Rouhangiz Saminejad, who starred as the lead actress in Iran’s first sound film “Dokhtar-e-Lor” (1933), despite strog societal opposition to Muslim women in cinema at the time. Analysis spotlights how Saminejad navigated barriers as the nation’s first on-screen talent, facing backlash like protests and family ostracization for breaching established mores. Underscoring her migrant upbringing in 1920s Mumbai amidst Iran’s burgeoning film scene, discussion weighs external pressures and personal tribulations that likely prompted her post-acting life in obscurity as she retreated from the spotlight. This article works to unveil the forgotten narrative of this groundbreaker, piecing together a fragmented history of her fleeting movie career, subsequent marginalization, and quiet later years, ultimately arguing for properly recognizing Saminejad’s importance in Iranian cinema history.

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Cinema Iranica (April 13, 2024) Rouhangiz Saminejad. Retrieved from https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/.
"Rouhangiz Saminejad." Cinema Iranica - April 13, 2024, https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/
Cinema Iranica December 23, 2023 Rouhangiz Saminejad., viewed April 13, 2024,<https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/>
"Rouhangiz Saminejad." Cinema Iranica - Accessed April 13, 2024. https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/