Azar Shiva is an actress, known for King of the Hearts (1968), Aras Khan (1963) and Forgiveness (1962). Art films have garnered international fame and now enjoy a global following. There has been lauded as one of the best exporters of cinema in the 1990s. Some critics now rank as the world’s most important national cinema, artistically, with a significance that invites comparison to neorealism and similar movements in past decades. A range of international film festivals have honored Iranian cinema in the last twenty years. World-renowned filmmakers along with many film critics from around the world, have praised Iranian cinema as one of the world’s most important artistic cinemas.