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The Bakhtiari Alphabet, a documentary on nomadic life in Iran, to be screened at Sacred Heart University



FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Sacred Heart University's Isabelle Farrington School of Education will present a screening of "The Bakhtiari Alphabet," a documentary on nomadic pastoral life and education in Iran, on Friday, November 6, at 7:00 p.m. A question and answer session will follow the film. The event will take place in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield. Admission is free. For reservations contact or 203-365-4717. 



Directed by Reza Ghadiani and Sacred Heart University Associate Professor Cima Sedigh, this film follows the Bakhtiari tribe, a nomadic community in Iran. It provides cultural insight and engaging issues related to the challenges of educating children in a nomadic community.


"In a world where we sometimes experience fear of 'the other,' this film shares a different perspective that we need to see. Peace in the world can come through education, understanding and respecting one another. This film helps us take a step toward that end," said Dr. Shirley A. Pavone, assistant professor of Psychology at SHU.



"The Bakhtiari Alphabet" was created over the course of 7 years in the remote and mountainous regions of Iran, where the Bakhtiari live and migrate. Over that time, Dr. Sedigh lived with the nomadic tribe anywhere from a few weeks to a few months each year, studying their geography, history, economy, politics and culture. The film reveals both the struggle and humanity of this rapidly disappearing culture.



This event is sponsored by Sacred Heart University's Isabelle Farrington School of Education. For more information about "The Bakhtiari Alphabet" visit




About Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University, the second-largest Catholic university in New England, offers more than 40 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs on its main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut, and satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland. Approximately 6,000 students attend the University's four colleges: Arts & Sciences; Education & Health Professions; University College; and the AACSB-accredited John F. (Jack) Welch College of Business. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its "Best 371 Colleges: 2010" and "Best 301 Business Schools: 2010" and U.S. News & World Report ranks SHU among the best master's universities in the North in its annual "America's Best Colleges" publication. As one of just 23 institutions nationally, SHU is a member of the Association of American Colleges & Universities' (AAC&U) Core Commitments Leadership Consortium, in recognition of its core, "The Human Journey." SHU fields 31 division I athletic teams, and has an award-winning program of community service.

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