Taraneh Alidoosti, in hijab, and Shahab Hosseini in a kitchen scene from Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning “The Salesman.”
Photo courtesy of the Cannes Film Festival
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For Iranian viewers sitting down for this year's primetime historical drama during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, there was a shock.The month of Ramadan, which started Saturday, is always a showcase for high-profile TV serials and this year it is Saman's "Nafas" (or "Breath"), about a nurse being dragged into the revolutionary tumult of the late 1970s, that has garnered the most attention.Saman said it would have been absurd to show everyone in a headscarf since the show is set before the Islamic Revolution of 1979 when women were free to wear whatever they wanted.So instead Saman turned to "green screening," in which actresses are filmed in front of a green background that can be digitally removed and the character inserted into other scenes.
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