Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series - "October 13, 1937"

Department: Center for Persian Studies and Culture

Date and Time: April 26, 2019 | 6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Event Location: McCormick Screening Room (HG 1070)

Event Details

Please join us for another Docunight: Iranian Documentary Series titled "October 13, 1937" directed by Baktash Abtin on Friday, April 26, 2019, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in UC Irvine's McCormick Screening Hall (HG 1070).

October 13, 1937
Directed by: Baktash Abtin
2018 / 67 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Synopsis: 'October 13, 1937' is a documentary about Iranian-Armenian maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor. He is one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Armenia and Iran. As one of the leading conductors of his generation, he has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, United States’ Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, and Israel. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki, American Symphony Orchestra in New York, Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, London Percussion Virtuosi, Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra. Tjeknavorian himself said the film is about a mad person, and "I have always said that the mad people make the world and the wise ruin it". "When I was told they were going to make a film about me I was afraid, since we are all making changes every day, I never thought about the replies to the questions in this film and gave the responses immediately. I am still a child and I never want to leave this childhood of mine because that world would have no pleasure for me." In 1963, Professor Carl Orff granted Loris Tjeknavorian a scholarship, which allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera, Rostam and Sohrab, based on a story from the epic Shahnameh.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: (

A discussion and Q&A will follow the screening.

A wine and hors d'oeuvre reception will follow afterwards.

This event is presented by UCI Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture, Docunight, and with generous support from Saman Foundation.

Parking at UCI
Closest parking structures are Mesa Parking Structure and/or Student Center Parking Structure. Parking permits are required at all time at UC Irvine's campus and daily or hourly permits could be purchased from manned or automated kiosks in the parking structures. Parking is $2/hour or $10/day. The location of this event is in Humanities Gateway building (4100 Humanities Gateway, Irvine, CA 92696), room HG 1070.