Middlebury

October 18, 2001

Contact: Sarah Ray
802-443-5794
sray@middlebury.edu
Posted: October 18, 2001

MIDDLEBURY, VT - A symposium titled "A Glimpse Behind the Veil: Culture and Cinema in the Islamic Republic of Iran" will take place at Middlebury College Nov. 1-3. Activities will include lectures, film screenings, a dinner, and a musical performance. All events are open to the public.

On Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m., the symposium will begin with two talks followed by an open discussion. Negin Nabavi, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, will discuss "Cinema, Politics and Society in the Islamic Republic of Iran." Her lecture will be followed by a talk titled "From Kiarostami to Panahi: Master-Disciple in Iranian Cinema" given by Hamid Dabashi, associate professor of Persian literature and sociology of cultures at Columbia University, and the author of "Close-Up: Iranian Cinema Past, Present, Future." The event will take place in Dana Auditorium in Sunderland Language Center on College Street (Route 125).

The symposium will continue at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, with a lecture titled "Private Lives and Public Images in Iran" given by Christiane Bird, author of "Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran." The event will take place in the conference room of the Robert A. Jones House on Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125).

At 6:15 p.m., a slide presentation about Iranian culture will accompany a Middle Eastern dinner in McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30).

The dinner will be followed by a performance of classical Persian music by Kazem Davoudian, who will play the santur, a classical Persian stringed instrument, and percussionist Behrouz Jamali. The concert will be at 8:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30).

On Saturday, Nov. 3, the symposium will conclude with two feature films, which are also part of the College's Hirschfield Film/Video Series. At 3 p.m., there will be a screening of "The Wind Will Carry Us" (1999), which tells the story of a journalist who travels with his crew to a remote Kurdistan village to covertly shoot a rare funeral rite. However, the dying woman lingers, and the deathwatch leads the urban visitors into a confrontation with village life. Directed by Iran's well known filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, "The Wind Will Carry Us" was called "a stunningly lyrical and eloquent exploration of both rural village life and the nature of artistic responsibility" by The New York Times.

At 8 p.m., there will be a screening of "The Circle" (2000) directed by Jafar Panahi. The film addresses a central concern of the Iranian women's movement?called the "woman problem" by some residents of Iran. "The Circle" opens with the birth of a baby girl, it then follows three women released from prison, and witnesses an unmarried woman seeking an abortion. The women's spirits endure in the course of their struggle to survive. The film won six awards at the 2000 Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion Prize. "The Circle" has been banned in Iran.

Both films are in Farsi with English subtitles and will be screened in Sunderland Language Center's Dana Auditorium on College Street (Route 125).
All symposium events are free, except the Nov. 2 dinner, which is $3 for students and $5 for adults. Tickets for dinner are available at the door or in advance from symposium organizer Wasim Rahman at 802-443-4251. For more information, contact Rahman at wrahman@middlebury.edu or 802-443-4251, or visit the Middlebury College Web site at http://community.middlebury.edu/~islamic/ for directions and a program.

To follow is an events calendar listing:

Nov. 1-3

A Glimpse Behind the Veil:
Culture and Cinema in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Thursday, Nov. 1
4:30 p.m.
Two lectures followed by an open discussion: "Cinema, Politics and Society in the Islamic Republic of Iran" by Negin Nabavi, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University. This talk will be followed by "From Kiarostami to Panahi: Master-Disciple in Iranian Cinema" by Hamid Dabashi, associate professor of Persian literature and sociology of cultures at Columbia University, and the author of "Close-Up: Iranian Cinema Past, Present, Future."
Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, College Street (Route 125)
Free

Friday, Nov. 2
4:30 p.m.
Lecture: "Private Lives and Public Images in Iran" by Christiane Bird, author of "Neither East Nor West: One Woman's Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran"
Conference room of the Robert A. Jones House, Middlebury College, Hillcrest Road off College Street (Route 125)
Free

6:15 p.m.
Middle Eastern dinner and slide presentation about Iranian culture
Middlebury College McCullough Student Center
Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30)
Tickets for dinner are $3 for students and $5 for adults and are available at the door or in advance from symposium organizer Wasim Rahman at 802-443-4251.

8:30 p.m.
Concert: Classical Persian music by Kazem Davoudian, who will play the santur, a classical Persian stringed instrument, and percussionist Behrouz Jamali
Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on South Main Street (Route 30)
Free

Saturday, Nov. 3
3 p.m.
Feature film: "The Wind Will Carry Us" (1999) tells the story of a journalist who travels with his crew to a remote Kurdistan village to covertly shoot a rare funeral rite. However, the dying woman lingers, and the deathwatch leads the urban visitors into a confrontation with village life. Directed by Iran's well known filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, "The Wind Will Carry Us" was called "a stunningly lyrical and eloquent exploration of both rural village life and the nature of artistic responsibility" by The New York Times.
In Farsi with English subtitles
Sunderland Language Center's Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College, College Street (Route 125)
Free

8 p.m.
Feature film: There will be a screening of "The Circle" (2000) directed by Jafar Panahi. The film addresses a central concern of the Iranian women's movement?called the "woman problem" by some residents of Iran. "The Circle" opens with the birth of a baby girl, it then follows three women released from prison, and witnesses an unmarried woman seeking an abortion. The women's spirits endure in the course of their struggle to survive. The film won six awards at the 2000 Venice Film Festival, including the Golden Lion Prize. "The Circle" has been banned in Iran.
In Farsi with English subtitles
Sunderland Language Center's Dana Auditorium, Middlebury College, College Street (Route 125)
Free

 

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