Iranian Film Festival finds new home at Emory

By Leslie King | Emory Report | Sep. 5, 2013

The 15th Annual Iranian Film Festival, which runs through September, moves to Emory after being hosted for a number of years at the High Museum of Art.

Emory professors Vincent J. Cornell and Hossein Samei of the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies (MESAS) and Matthew Bernstein of the Department of Film and Media Studies will be introducing the films on a rotating basis.

"Hosting the Atlanta Iranian Film Festival at Emory provides an exciting opportunity for Emory students and the Emory community to learn about contemporary Iran and Iranian culture," says Cornell, chair of MESAS, a festival sponsor. "We are happy to provide a new home for this important Atlanta community event and hope that it will inspire Emory students to explore the rich offerings in Persian studies offered by the MESAS department."

Films will be shown in White Hall 208. All the films are subtitled. Cost is $8 general admission; $6 students.  

Screening schedule

  • Friday, Sept. 6: "Far From Home" (1975) depicts the life of immigrant workers and hardships of living in a foreign land. Actor/director Parviz Sayyad will be present for a Q&A for this film and "The Mission." 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 7: "The Mission" (1983) follows an Iranian assassin sent to the U.S. to kill one of Shah’s former officials. 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 7: "The Ghost Valley's Treasure Mysteries" (1974), a comedy about an underground treasure that changes the lives of villagers. 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 13: "Facing Mirrors" (2012), the story of an unlikely friendship between a transgender girl and a traditional woman. 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 14: "Orion" (2010), a look at the threats and dangers of life inside Iran.
  • Friday, Sept. 20: "Parviz" (2013), a story of fighting personal injustice. 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21: "A Cinema of Discontent" (2013) analyzes censorship and features interviews with 12 Iranian filmmakers. The director, Jamshid Akrami, will be on hand for a question-and-answer session.  8 p.m.