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Cultural Encounters with Iran

Sat, Dec 5 / 7 pm
Shahrbanoo
Directed by Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard
2002, Iran/USA, 57 min
(Farsi and English w/English subtitles)

Admission by donation

In conjunction with the Lines of Identity: Middle Eastern Diasporas in North America workshop at the University of Manitoba (organized by the History and Political Science departments), we are honoured to co-present a special film screening and public discussion with Iranian filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian, his collaborator Melissa Hibbard and host Hamid Naficy.

Hamid Rahmanian is a critically acclaimed Iranian filmmaker and graphic designer who collaborates with his partner, filmmaker and photographer Melissa Hibbard, in creating films for their company Fictionville Studios based in New York. They have collaborated on many prestigious films that have won acclaim worldwide.

Host Hamid Naficy is a leading authority in cultural studies of Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas. He has published nearly a dozen books and has lectured  nationally and internationally at major international film festivals. He also initiated annual Iranian film festivals in Los Angeles in 1990 and in Houston in 1992.

The encounter of an American woman with a super-conservative Iranian family living in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Tehran was surely not an accident waiting to happen. But this is not a movie about politics. It is a heart-warming, alternatively hilarious, harrowing and heartrending testimony to the hidden ties that connect us across vast cultural gulfs. The centerpiece of the story is Melissa who was visiting her new husband’s family in Tehran. She was befriended by Shahrbanoo who has been moonlighting as her mother-in-law’s housekeeper for more than a quarter of a century without the knowledge of her own family.

Plays with:

Sir Alfred of Charles de Gaulle Airport / Dir. Hamid Rahmanian & Melissa Hibbard, 2001, Iran/USA, 29 min / See the real story that inspired The Terminal by Steven Spielberg. Mehran Karemi Nasseri has been living in the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. For the past 12 years he has been waiting for the document that would allow him to leave.

Sponsored by the Stephen A Jarislowsky Chair in the History of the Modern Middle East & North Africa

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