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FILM & DISCUSSION: "The Mist" at Brecht Forum in New York

Discussion with Filmmaker Maryam Habbibian & Kathleen Foster

Friday, March 20, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brecht Forum is located at 451 West Street, New York NY.
Tickets are available at the venue on a sliding scale - $6/$10/$15 - or free for Brecht Forum members.

In spite of the social limitations imposed by the Islamic regime, Iran today is alive with youthful energy. With over seventy percent of the population under 40 years of age, a new culture of art, literature, and ideas has taken root and is flourishing, side by side with fundamentalist traditions. Through a series of interviews with painters, poets, intellectuals, and students, Iranian-born ex-patriot filmmaker Maryam Habibian uncovers a reality very different from the monolithic media imagery that currently dominates U.S. thought and policy. The Mist is an eloquent call for understanding of a society, which, for all its undeniable contrasts and contradictions, is not so different after all.

Sliding scale: $6/$10/$15
Free for Brecht Forum Subscribers

Background: the Iranian Revolution

   In 1979, Iran was in turmoil. The Shah, installed as the leader of Iran by the US in the 1950's, had effectively lost control of the country. Rebellion was spilling into the streets as a reaction to widespread corruption and 'westernization'. Liberals and fundamentalist Muslims formed a desperate alliance in an attempt to overthrow the government, and were soon joined by the general population. Few imagined the chaotic conclusion of the revolution: a radical fundamentalist Shia government took complete control of Iran, sparking one of the bloodiest wars since world war 2, the Iran-Iraq war.

   Just two years earlier in 1977, Maryam Habibian left a stable Iran to go to college in the United States, planning to return to her family and life after school. However, with the fall of the government, and the start of the Iran-Iraq war, returning permanently seemed less and less of a possibility. Nearly 30 years later, Maryam has returned to Iran to visit her friends who stayed during the most difficult times in Iran's modern history. Their children, who have grown up entirely under the Islamic Republic, give a unique perspective to accompany the change Maryam has watched on western news as an ex-patriot.

   The Mist documents Maryam's journey across Tehran to visit with poets, actors, artists, and university students living in a culture that is complex and variegated, restrictive and secretly adventurous. It is a unique portrait of young people trapped between extreme belief and the outright rejection of society.

Visit The Mist web site for more information and to watch the trailer.

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