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Up Close and Personal: Iranian Filmmakers in their Own Words

In conjunction with the visit of a group of prominent Iranian filmmakers to Los Angeles, the Academy and the UCLA Film & Television Archive will present a series of recent Iranian films, each followed by a discussion with one or more of the films principal creators.

Saturday, October 10, 2009
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Filmmaking has a long and impressive history in Iran, a country of poets and storytellers. The large and well-established community of Iranian film artists currently working in Tehran and elsewhere has developed both technical expertise and a lyrical narrative style that has been embraced by film viewers, and honored by numerous film festivals, throughout the world. At the same time, new filmmakers and different narrative structures are emerging.

UCLA has one of the oldest ongoing Iranian film festivals in the United States, but rarely have the filmmakers been present at their screenings. This program offers eight recent films, representing each of the members of a visiting artist delegation from Iran, and will offer the opportunity to hear about their creative process in their own words. The five nights of screenings will begin at the James Bridges Theater on the UCLA campus and conclude at the Academy’s Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Tickets for each venue must be purchased separately.

Screenings at the UCLA FIlm & Television Archives

JAMES BRIDGES THEATER (Melnitz Hall, on the northeast corner of UCLA’s campus in Westwood, near the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard Ave.)

DIR/SCR: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.
This documentary tells the story of the late Shahindokht Sanati, who transformed the agricultural destiny of an entire region in pre-revolutionary Iran through the planting of roses in place of poppies, and the production of rosewater in place of opium.
DVCam, color, in Farsi with English subtitles, 40 min.

IN PERSON: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.


DIR/ SCR: Ebrahim Hatamikia. CAST: Golshifteh Farahani, Parviz Parastui, Mahtab Nasirpour.
A young girl whose father was a military commander in the Iran-Iraq war goes to an ancient hill near the Iraq border in search of old pots, only to encounter mines that were placed there by her own father.
35mm, color, in Farsi with English subtitles, 105 min.

IN PERSON: Ebrahim Hatamikia.


Cost : Tickets for screenings at UCLA may be purchased at For more information, call (310) 206-FILM.

AmyBruinooge, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies

Sponsor(s): , UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

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