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Farhang Foundation to Host Opening Night and Reception  of the "UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema" on Feb 4, 2011

Source: Farhang Foundation

A special evening with visiting filmmakers from Iran

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 4, 2011 - Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, announced today that it will host the opening night of the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema, on February 4, 2011 at 7 pm at the Billy Wilder Theater, located in the Hammer Museum at 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90024. A private reception, also hosted by Farhang Foundation, is set to follow the screening at Napa Valley Grille in Westwood.

"We are thrilled to support the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema by hosting its opening night and private reception," said Ali C. Razi, chairman of Farhang Foundation. "We are grateful to the UCLA Film & Television Archive for its continued efforts to celebrate Iranian culture through the cinematic arts."

Now in its 21st year, the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinemawill run from February 4 - 27, 2011 and will include a diverse program of contemporary works with a curation of Iranian film classics. This is the first year that the series will include classic films such as The Lor Girl (1933) andQaisar/Caesar (1969), some of which may have never been screened outside of Iran.  In addition, a number of filmmakers from Iran have been invited to participate in this series. Other films to be screened include the anthology film Tehran Tehran(2010); We Are Half of Iran's Population (2009); Payback (2010); and Gesher (2010) to name a few.  A complete listing and schedule of all of the films to be screened is available at

"The Archive is proud to present this diverse and dynamic grouping of features, shorts and documentaries representing an array of perspectives on life in contemporary Iran.  Paired with a grouping of archival treasures from the national cinema, including some of Iran's earliest and most rarely-seen classics, the program allows audiences to consider today's Iranian cinema in the context of a rich national tradition," said Shannon Kelley, head of public programs at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

This year, Farhang Foundation will also be sponsoring the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema light pole banners, which will be on display throughout West Los Angeles area starting in early January through February 2011.

Limited advanced tickets to the opening night film screening at Billy Wilder Theater, followed by the private reception at Napa Valley Grille with the visiting filmmakers, are available for purchase as a package at $150 per person via

About UCLA Film & Television Archive
The UCLA Film & Television Archive is internationally renowned for its pioneering efforts to preserve and showcase not only classic but current and innovative film and television. It is dedicated to ensuring that the moving image history of our time is explored and enjoyed for generations to come. A unique resource for media study, the Archive constitutes one of the largest collections of media materials in the United States - second only to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. - and the largest of any university in the world. Its vaults hold more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles and 27 million feet of newsreel footage. The combined collections represent an all-encompassing documentation of the 20th century. For more info visit:

About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art, culture and heritage for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, films screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. For more info visit

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