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Iranian Director Bahram Beyzaie holding workshops at Stanford University

The ten-week workshop offered by Mr. Bahram Beyzaie during the Winter quarter, made possible by the Bita Daryabari Endowment was a singular success.  We have since then received many notes of appreciation for the Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, the Daryabari Endowment and Mr. Beyzaie. Since one of the initial wishes of Ms. Daryabari in making her endowment was that courses in Persian and on Persian arts and letters be taught at Stanford, and since both the Moghadam Family and Ms. Daryabari have emphasized their desire for stronger ties between Stanford and the Iranian-American community, we are once again happy to announce that Mr. Bahram Beyzaie will present another ten-week workshop, open to public, and in Persian. The title of the workshop is "Cinema and Mythology."

Bahram Beyzaie

Title: Cinema and Mythology
(Spring Quarter, 2011, Lectured in Farsi)

Location: Stanford University -- Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 040


Brief description: In this course ten examples from International Cinema are introduced with an analytical view of their mythological content in open discussion format class meetings. Each session is two hours long with a ten minute break. All those who attend the lectures are expected to view the related film carefully, from the list (access through this link:, before each meeting.

Participation in the workshop is on a first-come first serve basis. The workshop will take place in Jordan Hall, Building 420, Room 040 and will meet on the following dates:

Friday, April 1st at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 8th at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 15th at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 22nd at 6:30 pm
Friday, April 29th at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 6th at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 13th at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 20th at 6:30 pm
Friday, May 27th at 6:30 pm
Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 pm

To access the workshop program and additional information, please visit:

To access directions to the Workshop venue, please click on the following link:
Please note, parking at Stanford is free after 4pm.

For questions please email Iranian Studies Program:

Program Manager
Hamid & Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
Encina Hall West, Room 216
Stanford University
Phone: 650 724 0939

Biography: Bahram Beyzaie (Director, Producer, Screen-writer and Editor) was born in Tehran, Iran in 1938. He was introduced to the world of art when he was still very young. In high school he wrote two historical plays which eventually became his prefered method of writing. He then entered University of Tehran, but did not finish his studies due to lack of interest in the subject he was studying.

It was then that he started researching Iranian theatre and epic literature. At the age of 21 he did an extensive research on the "Book of Kings" (Shahname) and Ta'azie which is Iranian traditional plays. He also studied the pre-islamic history and familiarized himself with persian painting.

The next ten years of his life were dedicated to writing in various publications about Eastern Art and Iranian theatre. He also wrote a good number of articles about cinema which later became the subject of one of his books. It is during this time that Bayzai wrote some of his masterpieces: "The Eight Voyage of Sinbad", "Banquet", "Serpant King", "Dolls", "Story of the Hidden Moon" and many more...

In 1968 he was one of the first ones to join the controversial Iranian Writer's Guild ( Kanun-e Nevisandegan-e Iran ). He started his film career with a successful short named "Uncle Mustache" (Amoo Sibiloo) in 1970. Immediately after that he directed and produced his masterpiece "Downpour" (Ragbaar) with the late Parviz Fannizadeh as its main character.

Since then he has produced and directed 8 other movies and has made significant contribution to the development of cinema and theatre in Iran. Despite his popularity and knowledge, Bayzai has never been successful in gaining the support of the government, neither before nor after the revolution. After close to 20 years, two of his films "Death of Yazdgerd" and "Ballad of Tara" have still not been able to recieve a screening permit. Both movies have been shelved due to the fact that they are not in accordance with the Islamic code currently in use in Iranian motion picture industry. "Bashu, the Little Stranger" was going to be his third film to be shelved..but it finally got a screening permit after the end of Iran-Iraq war. The movie is about a little boy who has lost his home and family to the war.

For the past seven year Bayzaie has not made a movie. His last movie "The Travellers" was practically destroyed after censors cut out about 30 minutes of the movie. He is breaking his silence after seven years with a group work called "Stories of Kish" which consists of seven episodes and is scheduled to participate in the 17th Fajr Film Festival this winter.

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