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WOMEN MAKE FILM/HISTORY, in association with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture

The Films of Rakshan Bani-Etemad

Two Documentaries

Thursday, May 6

5:30 p.m. Reception HIB 135

7 p.m. Screening HIB 100

WE ARE HALF OF IRAN'S POPULATION
directed by Rakshan Bani-Etemad (Iran, 2009, 47 min.)
Persian with English subtitles

and

ANGELS OF THE HOUSE OF SUN
directed by Rakshan Bani-Etemad (Iran, 2009, 53 min.)
Persian with English subtitles

Followed by Q & A with director

Free and Open to the Public

Angels of the House of the Sun

Feature film

Friday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.

McCormick Screening Room
1070 Humanities Gateway

UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY
(Zir-e poost-e shahr)

directed by Rakshan Bani-Etemad (Iran, 2001, 92 min.)
Persian with English subtitles

Followed by Q & A with director

Free and Open to the Public - Please Note that Seating is Limited

WE ARE HALF OF IRAN'S POPULATION (May 6th) was shot shortly before the June Presidential election and provides an extraordinarily intimate glimpse into the current situation in Iran. ANGELS OF THE HOUSE OF SUN (May 6th) focuses on a women's shelter in one of Tehran's poorest neighborhoods. UNDER THE SKIN OF THE CITY (May 7th) portrays the life of Tuba, a mother of four, who is faced with unexpected challenges that threaten her family and way of life. She works in a textile factory, returning home each evening to deal with the rest of her problematic family: a pregnant daughter whose husband beats her regularly, a teenage son with a burgeoning career in radical politics, and an older son who goes to great lengths to get an engineering job in Japan as a way out of Iran. When the older son's travel plans fall apart, Tuba is forced to take drastic measures to save their home and her son.

Film director and screenwriter Rakshan Bani-Etemad was born in 1954 in Tehran. She holds a B.F.A. in film directing and began her career making documentaries for Iranian TV, which steered her in the path of socially-conscious filmmaking, blending documentary with fiction. She has served on the jury of several international film festivals and is now considered one of the leading Iranian film directors. Her film THE BLUE VEILED (NARGESS, 1992), which focuses on characters living outside Islamic law, won the Bronze Leopard award at the 1995 Locarno International Film Festival, while her feature GILANEH (2005), which reveals the consequences of the Iran-Iraq war for the civilian population, especially mothers of young soldiers, was showcased at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Photo of Director

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