Moslem Mansouri was born in Iran in 1964.

He worked as a writer/reporter for film magazines from 1991-1994.

In that period he wrote and published a book titled “ Cinema and Literature “.

During the years 1993-1999 he secretly made six documentary films titled :

“ Close-up Long Shot “, “ The Trial “, “ Shamlou : Poet of Freedom “,

“ The Epitaph “, “ Utopia “ and “ The Extras “ .


1-  “ Close-up Long Shot “ is about a man called Hossein Sabzian who loves

movies but under the existing conditions dominant in Iranian cinema

industry, has no chance of making a movie. As he says “ ones like me

melt like a snowflake and have no chance to exist.


2-   “ The Trial “ is a film about a man named Ali Matini.

He lives in a village near Tehran where he works in a brick kiln.

Using creative techniques  and an 8mm camera, he makes movies with

the help and participation of fellow villagers as actors. He writes books and

screens his movies in the village.

The Iranian government arrests and imprisons him for the offense of making films without a government issued permit.


3-  “ Shamlou : Poet of Freedom “ is a documentary film about the life and times of  Ahmad Shamlou, one of the most famous Iranian poets.


4-  “ Epitaph “  is a documentary about the harsh and unbearable life of

sex trade workers  in the Islamic Republic of Iran.


5-  “ Utopia “ is a documentary about women of war ( Iran / Iraq ) who are

still incarcerated and held in “ quarantine “ in an apartment complex in  suburbs of Tehran.


6-  “Extras “  is a documentary about the lives of older generation of movie

extras and  stuntmen of Iranian movie industry who in their old age are

unemployed and have no income or means of support.


Mansouri edited “Close-up Long Shot “  and “ Shamlou : Poet of Freedom “ in Iran. The rest of his films were edited  and distributed in the U.S.A., Canada and Sweden.


“Close-up Long Shot “ won  “The Critics Award “ in Turin Film Festival Italy

and  “ The Best Documentary “  award in Lisbon  Portugal.

This film was also screened on “Arte “ TV channel in France, channel 3 in

Italy and the Euro channel.


“ The Trial “ was screened in many film festivals in Europe, U.S.A. and Asia.

It won the “Best Documentary “ award in the New York “Tribeca Film Festival” and  “ Movie Eye “ film festival in Russia.


“ Utopia “ and  “ The Epitaph “ were noted in Austria’s “ Viennale “ film festival. “ Utopia “ was acknowledged as “ notable “ in the Gutenberg film festival.


In 2006 the “Vienna Film Festival “ in collaboration with University of Vienna published a book titled “ Poets, Chroniclers, Rebels “.

Moslem Mansouri was among 19 documentary filmmakers whose films

were introduced and noted.


In 2004 Moslem Mansouri founded the “ Iranian Underground Cinema “

And in 2006 published “ The Time Unspent “, a screenplay about the life

of Ahmad Mahmood, a contemporary Iranian novelist.


In 2008 he made “ The Final Word “ his second film about

Ahmad Shamlou, the Iranian poet.


In 2016 he made a film entitled “ The Grapes Of Wrath “, about

anti-government demonstrations in Iran, interviews with young adults who

actively participated in the protests, and had to take refuge in Europe after the government crackdown.


In 2018 he made a documentary film called “ Naked Solitude “, a film about the life and works of Sadegh Hedayat, one of the most noted 20th century Iranian novelists, who committed suicide in Paris, France in 1951.


Over the  last few years, Mansouri has also written articles critical of globalization, the government-sanctioned movie industry in Iran and the suppression of Iranian underground film makers.