Premiere Screening of "Beyond the Electronic Curtain" and Policy Panel Discussion
George Washington University will host the premiere screening of the documentary film “Beyond the Electronic Curtain,” produced by award-winning broadcast journalist Tara Kangarlou. This documentary explores the effects of censorship on all aspects of the Iranian society and recounts the compelling story of a young journalist who was imprisoned in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison simply for doing his job. His story provides a brief glimpse into a country that is governed by severe censorship, and the documentary aims to portray the ways in which the electronic curtain prohibits the free-flow of information, constructive communication and meaningful connection with the outside world.
The screening will be followed by a foreign policy discussion centered on Iran’s censorship issues in light of the current sanctions and political climate featuring Ramin Asgard, former senior State Department official and foreign policy expert; Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran; and Bijan Kian, former director of the Export-Import Bank of the United States. Click here for more information.
Friday January 25, 2013
5:00pm Doors Open, Refreshments Served
5:30pm Screening Begins
6:00pm Panel Discussion, Q&A
7:00pm Drinks Gathering at Ritz Carlton (Cash Bar)
Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a co-recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding investigative journalism and the award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. As a multi-platform and broadcast journalist, Tara has reported and produced breaking news stories, investigative pieces and magazine style print and broadcast stories. For the last year Tara worked to report and produce the "electronic Curtain" documentary, which over the past year has gathered much attention from President Obama, Secretary Clinton and others in the International Community.While in Los Angeles, she worked with NBC-LA, NPR, and other local and national news outlets.
Tara’s motivation to become a journalist is rooted in her experiences in Iran. In 2009, her collection of poetry that was due for publication in Iran was banned from print by the government’s cultural ministry for being regarded incompliant with their printing guidelines. Having experienced the effects of censorship at a young age, Tara was inspired to pursue journalism in order to objectively and openly report and tell stories that shape, influence and impact people's lives all over the world.
As she says in her own words, “reporting the news objectively is a privilege and a responsibility that is often taken for granted in free societies; my experience growing up in Iran makes me appreciate the true value of story-telling and the beauty of being the voice of the silent.”
She currently lives in Washington D.C. and works for CNN-Washington DC.