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11/02/11

Noor Film Festival in Florida

The Ancient Persia - Modern Iran Program Series presents
Selected Highlights from the 4th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 & 6, 2011
At the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach

All Noor Festival film screenings will be presented in the Madorsky Theater of the Southeast Museum of Photography, located on the Daytona Beach campus of Daytona State College at 1200 West International Speedway Blvd., three miles east of I-95. The museum is located in the Mori Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200). Visitor parking is available.

All Noor Festival screenings are free and open to the public. Strictly limited theater seating. No reservations. (Sorry, no popcorn!) For more information visit www.IASDB.org or call (386) 760-0362.

The Co-Founder and Director of the Noor Iranian Film Festival, Mr. Siamak Ghahremani, will host and present all the festival titles and will lead film discussions after each screening, as well as discuss the history and mission of the Noor Film Festival.

The Ancient Persia Modern Iran Program Series is a joint presentation of the Iranian American Society, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Department of Cultural Arts at Daytona State College.

Saturday, November 5

The Lost Journey - (Feature)
Dir: Ant Horasanli (Canada, 2011/1390) 89 min.
Saturday, November 5 at 3:00 pm

Arriving in Toronto from Iran, 19 year old Pedram Abasi embarks on a journey shared by millions of people every year, adapting to a new language and culture. While making great progress to the delight of his aunt and uncle who have taken him in, Pedram's life drastically changes course when he meets Nima and Chirssy who introduce him to a world of all night raves, promiscuous sex, and taking Ecstasy till sunrise. Before long, Pedram's family begins to resent his irresponsible ways and regret ever taking him in. With his education in peril and his life on a downward spiral, Pedram must now regain control before all hope is lost.

Fahimeh's Story - (Documentary)
Dir: Faramarz K. Rahber (Australia, 2004/1383) 83 min.
Saturday, November 5 at 8:00 pm

Fahimeh's Story is an observational documentary about a vivacious 47 year old Iranian woman who migrated with her children to Australia after fleeing an unhappy, arranged marriage to a husband who she could not divorce under Iranian law. Five years on she has fallen in love with and married John, a 77 year old Australian ex-army officer and RSL member. John is now converting to Islam in order to better relate to his young wife. Both John's and Fahimeh's children are unhappy about the marriage. A few months later, Hossain, the Iranian ex-husband, arrives in Australia looking forward to seeing his wife and family again. He does not know his wife has remarried...

Movie following 6:30pm Dinner at Cafe 101
(For dinner reservations, please RSVP to VSims@IASDB.org by Thursday, Nov. 3)
Sunday, November 6

American Coup - (Documentary)
Dir: Joe Ayella (USA, 2010/1389) 98 min.
Sunday, November 6 at 1:00 pm

AMERICAN COUP tells the story of the first coup ever carried out by the CIA - Iran, 1953. Explores the blowback from this seminal event, as well as the coup's lingering effects on the present US-Iranian relationship. Includes a segment on the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis and its relation to the 1953 coup. Concludes with a section on the recent Iranian presidential election. Contains interviews with noted Middle East experts and historians and prominent public figures such as Stephen Kinzer (author, All The Shah's Men), Prof. Ervand Abrahamian, Trita Parsi, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Ted Koppel and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. With Iranian cinematography by James Longley.

Contemporary Short Films
Dir: various; 100 min.
Sunday, November 6 at 3:00 pm

A collection of seven provocative short films that deal with Iranian topics, themes and issues.


ABOUT THE FILM FESTIVAL

The Noor Iranian Film Festival (www.noorfilmfestival.com) was founded in 2005 by Siamak Ghahremani and is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. The festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood and was the first Iranian film festival to occur outside of Iran.

The 4th annual Noor Iranian Film Festival was held in Los Angeles in August 2011. Aptly named "Noor," meaning "light" in Persian, the Noor Film Festival makes reference to the key element of "light" used in the art of filmmaking as well as the festival's purpose to "shed light" on Iranian culture and heritage.

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