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An Evening with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad at UC Irvine

Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture, UC Irvine Film & Video Center , together with the Farhang Foundation proudly present:

Two special evenings with internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter RAKHSHAN BANI-ETEMAD

May 6 and May 7, 2010 at UC Irvine
FREE and open to the public

Thursday, May 6, 2010
Reception at 5:30 pm

In Humanities Instructional Building 135
Film Screenings at 7 pm
In Humanities Instructional Building 100

We are Half of Iran's Population (2009, 47 minutes)
This documentary takes place shortly before the June Presidential election and provides an extraordinarily intimate glimpse into the current situation in Iran

Angels of the House of Sun (2009, 53 minutes)
A documentary about a women shelter in one of Tehran's poorest neighborhoods

Followed by Q&A with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Friday, May 7, 2010
Film Screening at 5:30 pm

McCormick Screening Room - 1070 Humanities Gateway

Under the Skin of the City (2001, 92 minutes)
The film deals with Tuba, a mother of four, who is faced with unexpected challenges that threaten her family and way of life. She works in a textile factory, returning home every night to deal with the rest of her problematic family, which includes: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly, a teenage son with a burgeoning career in radical politics, and an older son who goes to great lengths to get an engineering job in Japan as a means of getting out of Iran. When the older son's travel plans fall apart, Tuba is forced to take drastic measures to save their home and her son.

Followed by Q&A with Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad is an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter. Widely considered as Iran's premier female director, her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in film directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Tehran University and began her career as a documentary filmmaker for IRIB. She worked as an assistant director before directing her first feature film Off Limits (1987). Social theme is dominant in her works and women play the leading role in most of her films. She made an international breakthrough with The Blue-Veiled, which including others, was awarded the Bronze Leopard in the 48th Locarno Film Festival (1995). She has been the member of jury in several local and international festivals.

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