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Pearls on the Ocean Floor: Documentary about the lives and work of contemporary Iranian women artists

WHAT: Screening, Pearls on the Ocean Floor. Work in progress. 30 min.
WHEN: Sunday, November 15, 2009, 3:00 PM
WHERE: Downtown Independent Cinema. 251 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Leila Pazooki being interviewed by Robert Adanto, the director

Los Angeles, CA - Morono Kiang Gallery presents a special preview screening of Pearls on the Ocean Floor, a new documentary (in progress) by Robert Adanto, about the lives and work of contemporary Iranian women artists around the world. The segment being presented includes interviews with Afshan Ketabchi, Sara Rahbar, Leila Pazooki, Parastou Forouhar, Shirin Neshat, Negar Ahkami and Pooneh Maghazehe. The director will be present for question & answer after the film. This program is presented in tandem with the current exhibition Traces of Being: Iran in the Passage of Memories.

Shirin Neshat being interviewed by Robert Adanto

The screening will start at 3 pm on Sunday, November 15, 2009 at Downtown Independent Cinema, just over a block away from the gallery, followed by a reception at Morono Kiang Gallery.

About Pearls on the Ocean Floor:

"Facing issues of identity, gender, and social restrictions, the female artists in Pearls on the Ocean Floor speak with a compelling quiet reserve and a striking boldness. Their work reveals encounters between religion and secular modernity, change and tradition, contemporary life and history. These brave women seem to know now more than ever that their voice must be heard and their people understood. Through their words and their art, the real Iran will be discovered and this important historical moment will be documented."


Robert Adanto is an independent documentary filmmaker. His debut feature-length documentary, The Rising Tide, premiered at the United Kingdom's China Now! Festival and has been screening throughout U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Admission is free. RSVP is required.
To RSVP please email with "Pearls" in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number and indicate the number of guests. 

Traces of Being, Iran in the Passage of Memories is on display through Saturday November 21, 2009.


Morono Kiang Gallery is located at 218 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, in the Bradbury Building, between Spring and Broadway.

For more information, please call 213-628-8208 or visit

Downtown Independent: 213.617.1033

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