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5/16/07

Book Launch: Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema - by Hamid Dabashi

 

To celebrate the Publication of Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema, The Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. present the screenings of two masterpieces of Iranian Cinema: Jafar Panahi’s Crimson Gold and Amir Naderi’s The Runner. Hamid Dabashi will introduce the films and sign his book.

 

 


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 Saturday 19th May at 2 p.m.
Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington D.C.

 

Sunday 20th May at 4:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Arts, Washington D.C.

 

Professor Dabashi will also give a talk in Persian on Monday 21st at 7 p.m. for the Iranian Cultural Association (Kanoon) of Washington Metropolitan Area. His talk is titled: “Donya Khaneye Man Ast”:  The Case against Nostalgia and Diaspora.

 

About the author: An academically acclaimed and globally celebrated cultural critic, Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York. He is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books and articles on Iran, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, and the philosophy of art, among them: Authority in Islam; Theology of Discontent; Truth and Narrative; Close Up: Iranian Cinema, Past, Present, Future; Staging a Revolution: The Art of Persuasion in the Islamic Republic of Iran; Iran: A People Interrupted; and an edited volume, Dreams of a Nation: On Palestinian Cinema.

 

Praise for Masters & Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema and Hamid Dabashi’s work:

 

“Hamid Dabashi, one of the most significant intellectual voices emerging outside of Iran since the Islamic revolution, offers a remarkable overview of Iranian cinema and the directors who have transformed the shape of Iranian culture in modern history. With his superb authority on the social and political history of the region, Dabashi provides a tour de force of the artistic developments in Iran over the past half a century and thus beautifully lays out the alluring dynamic between Iranian art and politic.  Perhaps the most significant accomplishment of this marvelous book is Dabashi’s refusal to limit the importance of Iranian cinema to its regional domain and consistently cultivates its global prominence.”

 —Shirin Neshat, Artist

 Director of Women without Men

 

“For over a decade Hamid Dabashi’s revelations have been as instrumental in the fashioning of my own cinema as Naderi, Kiarostami, Bresson, or Rossellini. Dabashi brilliantly weaves together Iranian cinema, literature, history, philosophy, and politics in a national and global setting, and lovingly and masterfully guides his readers to cultural and aesthetic insights. If Iranian cinema brought the world a “poetic” vision of modern Iran, Dabashi has done no less in this piercing analysis.”

—Ramin Bahrani

 Director of Man Push Cart

 

“A rare cultural critic.”

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Director of Gabbeh, Kandahar

 

“An important man in New York”.

—Sir Ridley Scott

Director of Alien I, Thelma & Louise, Kingdom of Heaven

 

“Dabashi’s book remains one that pays respect to Iran’s culture pioneers, criticizes rigid systems, celebrates the globalism of Iranian cinema and looks forward to a brighter future led by the new filmmakers who are now the Other, but who, as Dabashi says about Samira Makhmalbaf, have the tools to ‘liberate a nation’.”

—Dr Lina Khatib
Royal Holloway, University of London

 

“Sparkles with verve and a sometimes punishing wit...Encyclopedic in its scope, informal in tone, shrewd in its interpretation, indispensable...Dabashi is the perfect guide.”

—Edward W. Said

 

“The grand clash of civilizations and ideologies [over Islam and the West] will increasingly take place in the West, with such writers and intellectuals as Dabashi.” 

—The Guardian

 

“There are few better places to begin than with Dabashi’s subtle and vividly presented wealth…on Iran.”

—Professor Said Amir Arjomand

State University of New York, Stony Brook

 

“Lively and well written…Objective and empathetic…unlike many others on contemporary Iran.”

Professor Ervand Abrahamian

Baruch College, New York

 

“Original, creative and insightful…significant…utilizing a new approach which yields fresh and valuable perspectives.”

Professor John L. Esposito

Georgetown University

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