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A portrait of late Iranian actress Bita Farrahi

Late Iranian actress Bita Farrahi is best known for her role in Darioush Mehrjouee's 'Hamoon'.

Late Iranian actress Bita Farrahi is best known for her role in Darioush Mehrjouee's acclaimed film 'Hamoon'.

Born in Tehran in 1958, Farrahi pursued studies in Arts at the John Powers School in the United States.

Returning to Iran in 1980, she marked her entry into the film industry with a noteworthy performance as Mahshid in the 1989 film ‘Hamoon’.

In this production, she shared the screen with the late Iranian actor Khosro Shakibaee, a figure of immense renown in Iranian cinema.

Farrahi's portrayal earned her the Diploma of Honor for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 8th Fajr Film Festival.

The success of 'Hamoon' turned the spotlight on Farrahi, leading to collaborations with Iranian directors such as Ahmad-Reza Darvish, Bahman Farmanara, and Masoud Kimiaee in the subsequent years of her career.

Notably, she showed her acting skill by taking on complex and independent female characters dealing with familial and psychological challenges.

Her impact is evident in a range of films, including Ehsan Biglari's ‘My Brother Khosrow’, Alireza Raeesian's ‘Time of Love’, Ahmadreza Darvish's ‘Kimia’, Masoud Kimiaee's ‘Protest’, Bahman Farmanara's ‘A House on Water’, and Rasoul Sadr-Ameli's ‘Waiting for A Miracle’.

In addition to her cinematic achievements, Farrahi showed her talent in several notable television series, including Bijan Birang's ‘Green Land’, Mehdi Fakhimzadeh's ‘The Guardianship of Love’, Darioush Farhang's ‘Spellbound’, Mohammadreza Varzi's ‘Irandokht’, and Kamal Tabrizi's ‘Motherland’.

Her performances in ‘A House on Water’ (2001) and ‘Awaiting a Miracle’ (2010) garnered her nominations for the Crystal Simorgh for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Fajr International Film Festival.

Furthermore, her role in the film 'Mainline' (2006) earned her accolades for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the Karachi International Film Festival and North Korea’s Pyongyang International Film Festival.

Farrahi passed away on November 25, 2023, at the age of 65, succumbing to complications of lung and heart failure. Her legacy continues to serve as a source of inspiration. Rest in peace.

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