The Persian Student Association and Bechtel International Center


"In the past decade, Iranian films have won nearly 300 awards at international festivals, where directors such as Abbas Kiarostami and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are recognized as among the cinema's most accomplished artists. Many critics now rank Iran as the world's most important national cinema artistically, with a significance that invites comparison to Italian Neorealism and similar movements in past decades."

- Film Critic, Godfrey Cheshire in PBS's Beyond The Veil


January 27: CHILDREN OF HEAVEN - Academy Award Nominee; Winner of Best Picture Award, Montreal Film Festival

Directed by Majid Majidi. Ali and his sister Zohre encounter a rather simple problem, which turns into a complicated issue under exceptionally hard circumstances. They decide to solve the problem on their own--without informing their parents. (1 hr, 28 min; Release: Jan. 1998).


Directed by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. An Iranian king with 84 wives and 200 children is categorically against cinemas, regarding it as perdition. Until one day he goes to the movies and the unforeseen occurs: he falls in love with the heroine of the film, as if by magic. Now confused, he will have no more of his kingdom, and much less of his wives and children.

He hankers only for the sight he saw on a movie screen. To be close to the love of his life, the king does not think twice: he decides to be an actor. With a Chaplinesque touch, the film is a touching tribute to movie-making, with a wealth of magic and poetry.

A wonderful, fairy-tale like comedy set during the Qajar dynasty which is a condensed history of Iranian cinema in general. (100 minutes, 1992)

February 10: TASTE OF CHERRY

Winner of the top prize at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Taste of Cherry is an existential fable of weight and clarity from director, Abbas Kiarostami. (95 minutes, 1997)

"When Satyajit Ray died, I was sad. And then I saw Kiarostami's films and I thought that God had sent Ray's replacement." -Kurosawa

February 17: THE RUNNER ("Davandeh")

Director, Amir Naderi, was assisted by distinguished playwright and filmmaker, Bahram Bayzaie, in writing and editing this tale of a young boy struggling to survive in Khuzestan. Even though the hero of the film lives in Abadan, he's a drifter and a stranger in his own world.

Since Naderi emigrated to New York in 1976, he has directed several films set in the US, including the 1997 Cannes Film Festival entry, A, B, C...Manhattan.


* This film will be shown on March 9 at Cubberly Auditorium *


Directed by Kim Longinotto and Ziba Mir-Hosseini. A new documentary that goes where Western cameras have never before gone: into an Iranian divorce court. Inside an Iranian divorce court, a stream of veiled women (some only teenagers, others elderly) make use of reason, wit, charm, and chicanery to get what they want above all else: a divorce.

A question and answer session with Ziba Mir-Hosseini will follow the screening.


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>From 280: Turn north on Page Mill Road. Turn left on Junipero Serra, then right on Stanford Avenue. Turn left on "Bowdoin" (the first stop sign), then left on Campus Drive East, then right on Mayfield Avenue. After turning left at the next stop sign, make a right into the parking lot. Bechtel is a white building at the far end of the parking lot.

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