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Unveiling Rouhangiz Saminejad: Iran’s Pioneering Actress Forgotten in History

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Unveiling Rouhangiz Saminejad: Iran’s Pioneering Actress Forgotten in History

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Cinema Iranica (June 20, 2024) Unveiling Rouhangiz Saminejad: Iran’s Pioneering Actress Forgotten in History. Retrieved from https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/.
"Unveiling Rouhangiz Saminejad: Iran’s Pioneering Actress Forgotten in History." Cinema Iranica - June 20, 2024, https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/
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"Unveiling Rouhangiz Saminejad: Iran’s Pioneering Actress Forgotten in History." Cinema Iranica - Accessed June 20, 2024. https://cinema.iranicaonline.org/article/9036-2/

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.