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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.

Thursday, October 15, 2009
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
1313 North Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90028

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 Academy's Linwood Dunn Theater

DIR/SCR: Ali Hatami. CAST: Rogheyeh Chehreh-Azad, Akbar Abdi, Amin Tarok.
The younger members of a family gather around their dying mother and relive their childhood memories, as the mother prepares herself for her passing by involving herself in the planning of her funeral ceremony.
35mm, color, in Farsi with English subtitles, 108 min.

IN PERSON: Amin Tarokh.

DIR: Alireza Raisian. SCR: Farhad Tohidi. CAST: Niki Karimi, Amin Tarokh, Hamid Rezapegah.
When the government cancels a promising biotechnology project, the western-educated Iranian scientist in charge of the project finds himself discredited when he takes his complaints to the press.
35mm, color, in Farsi with English subtitles, 110 min.

IN PERSON: Alireza Raisian, Farhad Tohidi.

Cost : Tickets for screenings at the Academy may be purchased at For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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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