Tehran Has No More
Directed by Massoud Bakhshi, Iran 2007, documentary, 68 min. In Persian with English subtitles.
Introduced by James Neil, followed by a Q+A by Jon Snow with Massoud Bakhshi, Dr Nayareh Dalali, James Neil and Malu Halasa.
Tehran Has No More Pomegranates marks the arrival of a new auteur in Iranian cinema - Massoud Bakhshi. The film belongs to that rare breed: a collage 'ciné poem' of a great city metropolis. Like its spiritual brethren Berlin: Symphony of a City and Man with a Movie Camera, Pomegranates is at once suffused with a dizzying array of photographs and never before seen archive film from the past century brought together with a witty voiceover and a pulsating musical score by Mohsen Namjoo. Shot over five years and deploying a range of experimental film devices, it captures with humour and razor-sharp observation the transformation of Tehran from rural village to city of dreams.
Transit II: Lecture Programme:
Monday, 19 October 2009, 6.30-8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Young Iran: Pictures,
Politics and Stories
by Malu Halasa, with illustrations and Q+A
Transit III: Documentary Film Programme:
Wednesday, 21 October 2009, 6.30-8.30pm
New Theatre, East Building
Online Ayatollah directed by Maziar Bahari, Iran 2001, documentary, 26 min, plus Countdown directed by Khatereh Hanachi, produced by Maziar Bahari and supported by the BBC World Service Trust, Iran 2008, documentary, 50 min. Both documentaries in Persian with English subtitles.
Online Ayatollah shows a day in the life of Grand Ayatollah Youssef Sanei. At home in the holy city of Qom, the Ayatollah advises on matters such as buying a house, travelling, marriage and divorce, gives religious instruction and reaches a world-wide audience through his website. He shares his office and a family meal with filmmaker Maziar Bahari, and sheds light on one of the most misunderstood professions in Iran, that of religious clerics. This short documentary film reveals a traditional holy man offering very modern advice. Produced for Al Jazeera (English), the documentary was made by Maziar Bahari, a Canadian/Iranian journalist arrested in Tehran on June 21 while covering the Iranian elections for Newsweek.
Countdown directed by Khatereh Hanachi, produced by Maziar Bahari and supported by the BBC World Service Trust, is a fly-on-the-wall documentary about 18-year-old Parisa Pouladi who buries herself in books day and night in preparation for the national college entrance exam. Along with more than a million other Iranian high school graduates, Parisa hopes high marks will secure her a place in a top-notch university. Less than half of all the students taking the exam will pass. As the exam draws near, Parisa's parents' household - like thousands of others across the country - begins to implode.
Transit Tehran exhibition
28 September 2009 - 06 November 2009
Monday-Friday 10am - 8 pm
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