UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

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Iranian Cinema Dazzles at UCLA April 25 to May 16

Farhang Foundation sponsors the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema, a popular film series now in its 26th Year.

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What is the Time in Your World, directed by Safi Yazdanian.  Tales, directed by Rakhshan Banietemad. 


LOS ANGELES, APRIL 16, 2015 - Farhang Foundation is proud to once again be the sole sponsor the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema, curated by UCLA Film & Television Archive. This year marks the 26th anniversary of the popular film series, which kicks off on Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. with the much-anticipated film, Tales (Ghesse-ha), directed by the award-winning filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad. Banietemad is one of Iran's most critically acclaimed directors and screenwriters, and she will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film screening, followed by a special VIP reception with a Persian inspired menu and refreshments.

"We are so pleased to continue our support for the UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema," says Mark Amin, chair of the Farhang Film Festival Committee and a member of the group's board of trustees. "It is an honor to join forces with the UCLA Film & Television Archive to present American audiences with the powerful voices and exceptional storytelling prevalent in Iranian cinema."

Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive, says, "For more than 20 years, we have partnered with the Iranian community of Los Angeles to curate and produce one of the longest standing Iranian film festivals in America. In bringing this program to local audiences, in association with the Farhang Foundation, we hope to further understanding and communication between our two countries."

This year's lineup will include movies by established filmmakers, as well as highly regarded emerging artists. Along with Rakhshan Banietemad, many of the other festival's featured directors and producers will be in attendance for Q&A panels, including Shahram Mokri, Kamran Heidari, Sepideh Farsi, Zhinous Pedram and Amir Badie.

The cinema series comes to a close on Sat., May 16, with the 1974 classicStill Life (Tabiate Bijan) by Sohrab Shahid Saless, and Mohsen Badie: Artisan of Cinema, by Amir Badie.

A complete schedule of films featured in the 2015 UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema and $10 general admission tickets are available at the UCLA Film & Television Archive website. Special screening and reception packages are available at Farhang.org.

Films will screen at the Billy Wilder Theater, located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024.

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About Farhang Foundation

Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Shab-e Yalda, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit Farhang.org.