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Berkeley Lecture Series Presents: A seminar by Bahram Beyzaie on "Gilgamesh"

Source: Berkeley Lecture Series

Date:   Sunday, November 10, 2013
Time:  3:00 PM to 6:00 P.M.
Place: Central Stage
5221 Central Ave, Richmond CA, 94804

Biography: Born in Tehran in Dec. 1938, Bahram Beyzaie is a well-known Iranian critic, researcher, teacher, playwright, stage director (and producer), screenwriter and filmmaker (director, producer and editor). He was first introduced to western audiences at the age of 25, when his play was staged at the Festival du Theater des Nations in Paris, 1963. After years of uncompromising creative work, he became Professor and Chair of the Dramatic Arts Department at Tehran University until the Islamic revolution. Presently he is a visiting professor at Stanford University, Iranian Studies Program, lecturing on topics such as Iranian Cinema, Iranian Theater and Cinema and Mythology.

Beyzaie's literary heritage, from his parents, is reflected not only in his prose writings, his plays and films but also in his own personal style and critical outlook. Besides his monograms in volumes on Iranian, Japanese and Chinese theaters and also a book on Hitchcock films, he has done extensive research on the roots of One Thousand and One Nights resulting in two monograms, Seeking the Roots of the Old Tree followed by another about the missing ancient book of Hezar Afsan[One Thousand and One Night as it is called in its Arabic translation].

In the past five decades, Beyzaie has published more than 35 plays, some of them translated and published in English, French, German and Portuguese and also more than 50 screenplays. Despite many obstacles imposed on his life and career he has directed eight of his plays on the stage himself and in his own personal style in Tehran and Bay area. Amongst these the film version of Death of Yazdgerd is available as an example of his artistic expression and historical and cultural view. Furthermore he has made ten feature and four short films, listed below:

Short films: Mustachioed Uncle; The Journey; Talking with the Wind; The Speaking Carpet.

Feature films: Downpour; The Stranger and the Fog; The Crow; The Ballad of Tara; Death of Yazdgerd; Bashu, The Little Stranger; Maybe Some Other Time; The Travelers; Killing Rabids; While We Are All Asleep.

Mr. Beyzaie has been a very prolific playwright and, amazingly, the large body of his work shows a consistent artistic vision with recurrent themes , one of his more prominent themes is his treatment of Iranian cultural myths and the reinterpretations of them for a modern era.

Related Info:

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh: The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is amongst the earliest surviving works of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five independent Sumerian poems about 'Bilgamesh' (Sumerian for Gilgamesh), king of Uruk. Four of these were used as source material for a combined epic in Akkadian. This first combined epic, known as the "Old Babylonian" version, dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit, Shutur eli sharri ("Surpassing All Other Kings"). Only a few fragments of it have survived. The later "Standard Babylonian" version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears theincipit Sha naqba imuru ("He who Saw the Deep"). Fragments of approximately two thirds of this longer, twelve-tablet version have been recovered. Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th-century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. (read more on Wikipedia)
  • Hear The Epic of Gilgamesh Read in the Original Akkadian and Enjoy the Sounds of Mesopotamia
    - Long ago, in the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia, Akkadian was the dominant language. And, for centuries, it remained the lingua franca in the Ancient Near East. But then it was gradually squeezed out by Aramaic, and it faded into oblivion once Alexander the Great Hellenized (Greekified) the region... -OpenCulture

Registration Fee:
General Public: $60.00
Berkeley Lecture Series Members: $45.00

Space is very limited; if you are interested to attend, please e-mail us at  by Thursday November.

Light refreshments will be served

Program in Persian

For more information, please refer to Berkeley Lecture Series site or visit us on facebook

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