DāriyushMihrjūyi (born in Tehran, 8 December 1939) is an Iranian director and screenwriter. Mihrjūyi—who graduated in philosophy from UCLA in 1965—is known as one of the founders of the Iranian New Wave Cinema. His second feature film Gāv (The Cow; 1969), is considered the movement’s first film. Mihrjūyi’s career has been long and prolific, with his directing over twenty-five films in six decades. Hisstyle and interests have evolved over his career. While earlier works center on poverty and rural life, his recent work has shifted to urban settings with a focus on the middleclass.