Film Screening & Discussion: Alwan & 3rd i NY Present: DOCUNIGHT: "Lady of the Roses" & "Back Vocal"

Wed, July 2, 2014 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Lady of the RosesDirected by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran, 2008, 52 min, Farsi/English Subtitles

"Lady of the Roses" is the name given to the late Shahindokht Sanati, a lady who went to the Lalehzaar region of Kerman before the Islamic revolution. She replaced poppies with roses and opium with rosewater, and took this so far as to transform the agricultural destiny of a whole region. The story is told by Homayoun Sanati, Shahindokhts spouse, three years after her death. He is the founder of Franklin Publishing, Offset printing house, Pars Paper Co. among others and is considered a one-of-a-kind figure in Irans culture, industry and management.

Back VocalDirected by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, Iran, 2004, 40 min, Farsi/English Subtitles

Capture the struggles of contemporary Iranian singers and musicians working to be heard in their own country. Back Vocal explores Iran’s prohibition, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, of female solo singers. Mirtahmasb says: "Three years of roaming among musicians of Tehran resulted in two films centered on the theme of restrictions on music in Iran. Back Vocal tells the story of women singers whose unaccompanied singing is forbidden by religious laws of the country, but who nonetheless try to remain active, even if that means taking the second seat. I knew from the beginning that such a film would not get permission to be screened, so I never applied for a permit."

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Doors open at 7:30pm

About Docunight

Every last Wednesday of every month, Docunight will screen a documentary about, around, or in Iran, or made Iranians. Docunight screenings will take place across several cities in North America. Currently Docunight has screenings in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, and Washington.

Several organizations are helping us with our screenings: NIAC in San Francisco, New York, and Washington DC, SARV in Los Angeles, ECUPC in Vancouver.

Docunight Website

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: 2014-06-26 18:46:37

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