Source: Iran Heritage Foundation
A film essay portraying Iran’s relationship to the Western world, seen through the eyes of ordinary people.
Monday October 29, 2012 - 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Asia House, 63 Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Iran Heritage Foundation
To the Allies during World War II, Iran was the bridge of Victory, but to hundreds of thousands of Polish refugees, Iran was a bridge to freedom.
‘My Iranian Paradise’ is the story of a woman and her relationship with the country she grew up in but was forced to leave. Katia Forbert Petersen, one of the directors of this documentary was raised in Iran. Her father, a Danish engineer and her mother a Polish survivor of Stalin's Gulag camps met and married in Iran after the war. In ‘My Iranian Paradise’ we witness a crucial time in the history of Iran from the last days of the Second World War up until the onset of the Islamic Revolution through the narrative of a western expatriate family Returning to Iran to look for her happy childhood, Petersen and her co-director Olsen succeed in showing us Iran and its present day complexities as well as capturing the longing and the nostalgia usually associated with Iranians themselves, through Petersen’s unshakeable bond with the place and its people.
"Through archival footage - including newsreel shots of Iranian political upheavals over the past half-century and home movies from the family's once-happy days in Iran - coupled with beautifully photographed present-day scenes. My Iranian Paradise underscores the fact that life has indeed become "quite different" - Video Librarian
The screening is followed by a panel discussion with the directors, Katia Forbert Petersen and Annette Mari Olsen and Ryszard Antolak, a writer specialising in Iranian and Eastern European history. The discussion will be led by Prof. Ali M. Ansari, Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at St. Andrews University.
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When & Where
Monday October 29, 2012
Doors open 18:30
Film screening 19:00
Panel discussion 20:30
Asia House: 63 Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Iran Heritage Foundation, 63 Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP.
Tel: +44 (20) 7493 4766
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