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11/01/11

Iranian Director Bahram Beyzai at UCLA

Part of the Bilingual Lecture Series of Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA

Derakht-e Sokhangoo
A lecture by Bahram Beyzai, film/theatre Director, screen/play writer, researcher

Bahram Beyzai (right) while directing a play
Bahram Beyzai (right) while directing a play

Sunday, November 20, 2011
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, 147 Dodd Hall, UCLA
See the event page for more information

Bahram Beyzai, born 26 December 1938 in Tehran is a prominent Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher. He was introduced to the world of art when he was still very young. At the age of 21 he did an extensive research on the "Book of Kings" (Shahname) and Ta'azie, Iranian traditional plays. By 1961 he had already published numerous articles in various Arts and Literary Journals. In 1962 he made his first short film (4 minutes) in 8mm format. In the next two years he wrote several plays and published "Theatre in Japan". 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 followed by production of one of his masterpiece "Downpour" (Ragbaar) in 1971 with the late Parviz Fannizadeh as its main character. Beyzai's masterpieces include: "The Eight Voyage of Sinbad", "Banquet", "Serpant King", "Dolls", and "Story of the Hidden Moon." It is for 20 years now that two of his films "Death of Yazdgerd" and "Ballad of Tara" wait receiving screening permit. Both movies have been shelved due to not being 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. Beyzai is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave that started in the late 1960s and includes other pioneering directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, and Parviz Kimiavi. They share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialog, references to traditional Persian art and culture and allegorical story-telling often dealing with political and philosophical issues.

Lecture in Persian
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Bahram Beyzai
Bahram Beyzai

A Night with Bahram Beyzai
Short film screening and discussion with Bahram Beyzai, film/theatre director, screen/play writer, researcher

Monday, November 21, 2011
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, 2160E Broad Hall, UCLA
See the event page for more information

Lecture in Persian
Cost: Free and Ope

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