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Looking to know more about Iran's rich culture and conditions of life? Are you part of a film club or book club, or teach a class? Here is an initial list of books and movies to experience and share -- a work in progress.


Feature films

“The Day I Became a Woman” by Marzieh Meshkini (IMDb)

“Taxi”, “No Bears”, and “The Circle” by Jafar Panahi (IMDb)

“There is no Evil” by Mohammad Rasoulof (IMDb)

“The Color of Paradise” and “Baran” by Majid Majidi (IMDb)

“Turtles Can Fly” a Kurdish war drama by Bahman Ghobadi (IMDb)

“Holy Spider” by Ali Abassi (IMDb)

“Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi (IMDb)

“A Separation” by Asghar Farhadi (IMDb)

“Leila’s Brothers” by Saeed Roustayi (IMDb)


Nasrin” by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross

The Secret Fatwa” by Delnaz Abadi

Coup 53” by Taghi Amirani

Born in Evin” by Maryam Zaree

Hitch, an Iranian Story” (French) by Chowra Makaremi



“Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran 1988” by Nasser Mohajer Rev Books

“We Live to Tell: Political Prison Memoirs of Iranian Women” by Asadeh Agah

“No Friend but the Mountains, writings from Manus Prison” by Behrouz Boochani (Rev Books)

"White Torture", by Narges Mohammadi (Rev Books)


“The Siege of Azadi Square” by Manny Shirazi (Amazon)

“Daughters of Smoke and Fire” by Ava Homa (Rev Books)

“Persepolis” graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi, 20th anniv. edition (Rev Books)

“Children of the Jacaranda Tree” by Sahar Deligani (Rev Books)