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Iran Inside Out Film Series at Chelsea Art Museum



Curated by Livia Alexander, ArteEast. Presented in collaboration with Sam Bardaouil, Chelsea Art Museum; Dan Nuxoll, Rooftop Films, Vali Mahlopuji; and Sara Nodjoumi  

A collaborative project between Chelsea Art Museum, Rooftop Films, and ArteEast this film series presents brilliant feature and short films and documentaries by well-established and emerging Iranian directors. The series, Iran Inside Out's five thematic pillars: War and Politics, Gender and Sexuality, Culture as Commodity, Reinventing the Traditional Art Forms, and Street Culture within Tehran. 

Dates: Every Wednesday, July 15-August 19 at 9pm
Tickets: $15 general admission / $10 students and seniors / CAM members free 


July 15

My City, Pizza (2008)
Length: 26 mins.
Director: Ala Mohseni

Synopsis: This light-hearted, amusing, fast-paced documentary about eating habits in modern Tehran offers a kaleidoscopic view of Iranian society. We see young people, old people, progressive and conservative Iranians who all reveal their identity by telling us what they think of Italian fast food in the capital.

Tehran TV Distorted (2003)
Directors: Farhad Moshiri and Shirin Aliabadi
Length: 21 mins.

Synopsis: In this short piece, the directors reedit scenes from Iranian soap operas to show the influence that these seemingly innocent mediums have on Iranian society.

July 22

Sex My Life (Khastegi) (2008)
Length: 76 mins.
Director: Bahman Motamedian

Synopsis: Sex My Life is the story of seven Tehran Transexuals who live pieces of their own lives on the screen. Blurring the lines of documentary and fiction, director Motamedian evocatively explores their journey in finding their true identity and manages to avoid the obvious trap of sensationalism and victimization.

July 29
Best in the West (2008)
Length 71 mins.
Director: Maryam Kashani

Synopsis: Director Kashani's first-person documentary focuses on her father and his close-knit group of male friends who maintained their tight bonds after emigrating from Iran to San Francisco in the 1960s and '70s. Their personal stories are interwoven with a political and industrial history of Iran and the struggle to control the country's most coveted natural resource: oil.

August 5
The Lizard (2005)
Length: 115 mins.
Director: Kamal Tabrizi

Synopsis: Reza is a petty thief who escapes jail by posing as a mullah. When he has to stay in disguise longer than he expected, he accidentally becomes the revered leader of a small-town mosque.

August 12
Glass House
Length: 92 mins.
Director: Hamid Rahmanian

Synopsis: This ground-breaking documentary follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran. The Girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories.

August 19
The Queen and I
Length: 90 mins.
Director and Producer: Nahid Persson Sarvestani

Synopsis: When Nahid Persson Sarvestani, an Iranian exile, sets out to make a documentary about Farrah, the wife of the shah of Iran, shse plans to challenge the shah's ideology. Instead, she must rethink her own.


The Chelsea Art Museum
556 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011
tel 212.255.0719    e-mail
fax 212.255.2368
open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 6pm
Thursday 11am to 8pm
closed Sunday and Monday
$8 adults, $4 students and seniors, free for members and visitors 16 and under


Related Event:


Exhibition: Iran Inside Out

The Chelsea Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its upcoming exhibition Iran Inside Out.  The groundbreaking exhibition features 35 artists living and working in Iran alongside 21 others living in the Diaspora. The result is a multifarious portrait of 56 contemporary Iranian artists challenging the conventional perceptions of Iran and Iranian art. 


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