Film Screening & Discussion: Alwan & 3rd i NY Present: DOCUNIGHT: Kahrizak, Four Views

Tue, May 27, 2014 6:30 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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KAHRIZAK, FOUR VIEWS: DOCUMENTARY FILMRakhshan Bani Etemad, Mohsen Amiryoussefi, Bahman Kiarostami and Pirooz Kalantari, Iran, 2012, 86mins, Farsi/English Subtitles

Kahrizak, Four Views, is featuring as part of the Docunight series which presents documentaries and films from Iran. Created by four prominent directors of different ages and levels of experience who each demonstrate a view of the Kahrizak Charity Centre in the south of Tehran. The film introduces fascinating characters and rituals, and offers a reflection on life and death. Displayed as episodes, audiences witness the situation of the elderly; a blind man without hands and legs who performs Hamlet; and the Centre’s Feast of Sacrifice.

Suggested Contribution
General Admission $10 | Students, Seniors, Members $5
Doors open at 5:30pm

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Mohsen Amiryoussefi is a renowned Iranian filmmaker who has contributed some of the most celebrated and influential short films and documentaries into the canon of Iranian Cinema. His filmography consists of: “Stony Hands”; “Caravan”; “Fire Keeper”; and “Bitter Dream” among others. He has won numerous awards including the Golden Alexander at the Thessaloniki Film Festival (2004), the Innovation Award at the Montreal Film Festival (2009) and the Special Jury Prize at the Dubai Film Festival (2012) among others.

Rakhshān Bani-E'temādis an internationally and critically acclaimed Iranian film director and screenwriter who has been making socially engaged documentaries since 1984 and feature films since 1988. She is widely considered Iran's premier female director, and her films have been praised at international festivals as well as being remarkably popular with Iranian critics and audiences. Her title as “First Lady of Iranian Cinema” is not only a reference to her prominence as a filmmaker, but it also connotes her social role of merging politics and family in her work. She has been awarded the Bronze Leopard at the 48th Locarno Film Festival, The Prince Claus Award (1998) among others.

Pirooz Kalantari started his career as a journalist in 1986 where he collaborated with the publication “Film Monthly” primarily as a film critic. He made his first documentary “The Refugee” in 1992 which received the Press Prize at the 3rd Tokyo Global Environmental Film Festival (1994) and the Bronze Torch of Best Documentary at the 5th Pyongyang Film Festival (1995). Kalantari has continued to create outstanding and controversial documentaries and feature films including the internationally acclaimed “Alone in Tehran” (1999), “That’s Life” (2002) , “In Un-ended Streets” (2009) and “If There Were Not the Aged-People” (2012). Pirooz Kalantari is the founding member of the Iranian Society of Documentary Film Directors.

Bahman Kiarostami is an Iranian film director, cinematographer, editor and producer who made his cinematic debut with ‘Morteza Momayez: Father of Iranian Contemporary Graphic Design’ in 1996. Kiarostami’s films have featured in numerous international festivals and demonstrate a thematic focus on art, music and the visible yet obscured and unnoticed details which define post-revolutionary Iran. He has been awarded Best Documentary at the London Iranian Film Festival (2011) and Best Director Award at the Mid East Film Festival (2003). Filmography includes: Taxi-Tehran 2011, The Treasure Cave 2009, Statues of Tehran 2008, Anonymous (co-directed with Kaveh Kazemi) 2007

About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-05-22 22:44:13

Kahrizak, Four Views
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