Analysis of being a man in Sacred Defense Cinema. The Case of Hatamikiya’s Bodyguard
Keywords:masculinity in cinema, Islamic masculinity, Sacred Defense Cinema, cinema in Iran, Ebrahim Hatamikiya
The political developments in Iran at the end of the 20th century, particularly the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war immediately after the revolution in Iran, had a deep influence on storytelling in general and movie-making in particular. This gave rise to new social definitions, including a unique form of masculinity. The war, with its masculine atmosphere and Shi'ite-rooted ideology, gave birth to a new definition of masculinity, which can be seen reflected in the Sacred Defense Cinema genre. Sacred Defense Cinema has played a significant role in defining gender with Islamic roots. This paper aims to shed light on Iranian cinema, specifically the Sacred Defense Cinema, through an analysis of Hatamikiya's film “Bodyguard”.