Production info

Yousef Payambar
یوسف پیامبر
Iran, 2008

Katayoun Riyahi, Mohmoud Pakniyat, Jafar Deghan, Hossein Jafari
Directed by Farajollah Salahshur

45-part television series about the life of "Joseph the Prophet" based on the Quranic tradition and common roots from Judaic and Torah teachings. The main part of the series (starting from episode 9) is set in the historical context of the Amarna period and in some scenes shows better costumes and set dressing than those found in contemporary western productions. The series was warmly received by Iranian as well as Arab audiences and was a big success in the Middle East, although sharp protests were heard from the Sunni Muslim side (especially in Tunesia) for violating prohibitions against biblically depicting prophets of Muslim scripture.

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