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04/25/08

Films at UCLA: Caught Between Two Worlds & Voices


Documentary screenings and panel discussion with Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri and Simin Farkhondeh, filmmakers

Caught Between Two Worlds
by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri and Simin Farkhondeh
(USA/Iran, 2007, 58 min)

A documentary that depicts the diverse lives of Iranians in the US who make up a nation in exile. They live in Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C. and other US cities. Many of them left Iran after the 1979 revolution, the departure of the Shah and the start of the Islamic Republic. They are artists, political activists, journalists, academics, Moslem and Jewish, young and old. The film shows the complexities of the Iranian experience in the U.S. for those who have made it their home.

Voices
by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri and Simin Farkhondeh
(USA/Iran, 2007, 20 min)

Voices features noted Iranian-American academics, journalists and doctors candidly discussing what assimilation, transition, identity and cultural adaptation has meant for them. Voices is a poignant new exploration by directors Sadegh-Vaziri and Fakhondeh about what it means to be Iranian in the United States today.

Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri is an independent filmmaker, born and raised in Tehran, Iran.  She currently works as producer for Link Television on the Bridge to Iran series and teaches film studies courses at New York University. She has produced an award-winning series about the war in Iraq as well as documentaries about 9/11. Her films include: Women Like Us (2002); A Place Called Home, (1998); Far From Iran (1990); and Journal From Tehran (1987).

Simin Farkhondeh is an award winning filmmaker, who has been working as an independent producer, artist, educator and activist in New York, Europe and Iran.  She co-produced and co-directed the Gulf Crisis TV Project and was the director of Labor at the Crossroads, a monthly TV program about work issues. Her other films include: Adjunct Agony (1999), Salt Peanuts (2001) and Who Gives Kisses Freely From Her Lips. She currently teaches film theory and art at Hampshire College.

This event is part of the Center's Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran.


Date:
Friday, May 02, 2008
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dodd Hall 147
UCLA
Los Angeles, CA 90095
US

Cost: Free

For more information please contact
Peter Szanton, Center for Near Eastern Studies
pszanton@international.ucla.edu
www.international.ucla.edu/cnes
 

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