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Arusi Persian Wedding in New York City

Exclusive Pre-Broadcast Screening and Discussion of:
Directed by Marjan Tehrani (US/Iran, 2008, 63 min, Color, DigiBeta, English/Farsi, Subtitled)

Alex and Heather on their wedding night in Chaluse. Self-portrait

March 4, 7:30 PM
Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 East 8th Street, New York City
Free and Open to the Public

Presented by CinemaEast Film Series
Co-sponsored by Women Make Movies

ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING chronicles Tehrani's brother's journey to Iran, their father's birthplace, as he travels with his American wife to hold a traditional Persian wedding ceremony and explore his lost heritage. Weaving the young couple's personal story with historical footage that illuminates the complex history of America's relationship with Iran, ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING goes behind the curtain of political tension to offer a rare glimpse of both modern and traditional Iran.

Heather in front of wall with Farsi graffi

Born in America and raised by their Iranian father and American Jewish mother, Tehrani and her brother, Alex, grew up during the Iranian Islamic Revolution, when the Shah was expelled and anti-American sentiment exploded, resulting in the infamous hostage crisis of 1979 and setting in motion decades of miscommunication, threats and vitriol between the American and Iranian governments. With a foot in each culture, Marjan and Alex grew up feeling alienated from both cultures, not really at home in either. Through this very personal story, ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING explores the complex and troubled relationship between America, the country of Marjan and Alex's birth, and Iran, the country of their heritage.

ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING will have its broadcast premiere on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at 10 PM (check local listings) as part of the PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard.

Followed by a discussion with director Marjan Tehrani and moderated by Debbie Zimmerman (Executive Director, Women Make Movies).

To learn more about the film and the issues, visit the companion website for ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING at

Marjan Tehrani is an independent director and producer from Berkeley, California. She founded the production company Tru Films and has since directed and produced Her Israel, which premiered on the Sundance Channel in 2004, and ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING. In addition, she is currently producing P Star's Redemption, a feature documentary that follows a 13-year-old female rap star phenomenon as she fulfills her father's deferred dreams of making it in the music business. Beyond her independent work, Tehrani has produced several original series for television, including dLIFE TV for CNBC and the Emmy®-nominated After School for PBS, which featured celebrity alumni such as Harvey Keitel and Tim Robbins returning to their urban high schools as role models. Through Tru Films, Tehrani is dedicated to promoting dialogue between cultures, sharing the intricate and subtle aspects of identity, and capturing the transformative moments of the human experience.

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