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Shorts Program—Iran Hyphenated: Short Films of the Iranian Diaspora

November 17, 2018 @ 4:35 pm - 5:50 pm

Curators: Sara Zia Ebrahimi & Lila Yomtoob
Asian Arts Initiative | 64 mins

Having a hyphenated identity is more than just being between worlds and fixed identities. It includes the active process of forging a new cultural space—a cultural remix. It is often the work of the first generation after a significant migration to begin establishing the cultural products and institutions to capture that remix. This program of short films is part of that work; an attempt to amplify the voices of diasporic Iranian filmmakers.

Filmmakers expected in attendance for post-film Q&A.

A Reluctant Bride
Director: Shideh Faramand | 6 mins | Australia
A single Persian woman, still unmarried at 28, must endure disapproval and meddling from married friends and relatives at her younger sister’s engagement party.

America 1979
Director: Lila Yomtoob | 14 mins | USA
It’s 1979, and the Iran Hostage Crisis is in full force. When an Iranian American girl is teased at school for her ethnicity, her family must come to terms with how world politics is affecting their lives.

Director: Abjeez | 2 mins | Sweden
Music video from Swedish Iranian female pop duo Abjeez about the downside of some traditional Iranian values, juxtaposing traditional imagery with modern sounds and words.

Ice Skates
Director: Sara Zia Ebrahimi and Lindsey Martin | 6 mins | USA
Based on a true story, the film tells a story from the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1980 from the perspective of Haleh, an eight year old who just wants to enjoy her ice skates.

Magic Shoes
Director: Sahand Nikoukar |10 minutes | USA
Nine-year-old Iranian immigrant Kamron can’t seem to fit into the culture of early 90s Los Angeles, forcing him to wonder, is it the shoes?


November 17, 2018
4:35 pm - 5:50 pm
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