The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has mourned the loss of world-renowned and multi-award-winning Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who recently passed away in July this year.
Kiarostami was 76 years of age and will be sorely missed by friends and family. NIAC extended their condolences to the family, and his son, Ahmad Kiarostami, a current NIAC board member. Kiarostami was undergoing treatment in Paris for "gastrointestinal complications" before his death.
Kiarostami's career, which spanned over four decades saw him not only direct but also write several films. He received more than seventy awards throughout his years as a filmmaker. He has thus far been the only Iranian filmmaker to take home the prestigious Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. His 1997 film, Taste of Cherry, is a "beautiful and hauntingly realistic film" which broke boundaries in cinema across the globe. His work also focused on his documentary-type films about children, for which he was well-known.
Although Kiarostami started his incredible career in Iran in the 1960s, he remained there following the 1979 revolution and continued his work.
Iranians have suffered a great loss of a man whose work has such an impact on our hearts, brought a smile to our faces, and kept our dreams alive.