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Iranian films Nahid and Sonita to screen at Portland International Film Festival

Source: Portland International Film Festival

The 39th Portland International Film Festival is being held February 11-27 in Portland, Oregon. This year the Iranian films Nahid, directed by Ida Panahandeh, and Sonita, directed by Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami, will be screened at the festival.

DIRECTOR: Ida Panahandeh - IRAN

Panahandeh depicts the near impossibility of finding security and happiness within Iran’s strictures of socially enforced respectability. Nahid, an impoverished young divorcee, is allowed to live with her teenage son, but only on the condition that she does not remarry. Hoping to move in with the man she loves, Nahid considers an option called “temporary marriage,” a legality that allows short-term domiciles and perhaps won’t jeopardize her custody. But is this legal loophole a salvation or a curse? Starring A Separation’s Sareh Bayat, Nahid weighs the rewards of domestic security against the sacrifices of personal freedoms. Winner, Un Certain Regard Prix de l’Avenir (debuting films) at the Cannes Film Festival. (105 mins.)

Filmography: The Story of Davood and the Dove (2011)


Thu, Feb 18, 2016
at 6 PM (Moreland Theater)

Wed, Feb 24, 2016
at 6 PM (Roseway Theater)

DIRECTOR: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami - IRAN

If 18-year old Sonita had a say in things, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother, and she captures her dream of being a famous rapper in her scrapbook. For the time being, her only fans are the other teenage girls in a Tehran shelter. There, Sonita, a refugee from Afghanistan, gets counseling for the traumas she has suffered and receives guidance in shaping her future. Despite Sonita's dreams of fame, her family has a very different future planned for her: as a bride she's worth $9,000. What's more, women aren't allowed to sing in Iran. How can Sonita still succeed in making her dreams come true? (90 mins.)

Filmography: Going Up the Stairs (2011)


Sun, Feb 14, 2016
at 1 PM (World Trade Center)

Mon, Feb 15, 2016
at 3:30 PM (World Trade Center)

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