List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-03-31

    Persian Film "Iron Island" opens in NY March 31

    New York Friday - March 31, 2006     12:00 PM


    Kino International is proud to announce the theatrical release of IRON ISLAND, one of the most acclaimed Iranian films of 2005. Written, produced and directed by Mohammad Rasoulof, IRON ISLAND played at the 2005 Cannes, Toronto and Telluride film festivals and was hailed by critics as “a work of extraordinary ambition” (Richard Peña, FILM COMMENT) and “a sharp-edged allegory about the country of Iran” (Deborah Young, VARIETY). Set to open in New York City on March 31, 2006, at the Cinema Village in New York City, IRON ISLAND will expand to other U.S. markets during the spring and early summer of 2006.

    The story of a vibrant community living inside an abandoned oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, IRON ISLAND chronicles the lives of a people in transition. Anchored several hundred yards offshore, the Iron Island is an impoverished but viable place to live: kids go to school, labor is divided, resources are shared, and residents peacefully congregate and socialize.

    But when Captain Nemat (Ali Nasirian), a commanding but soft-spoken man in his 50s, finds out that his ship is slowly sinking – and that its real owners have decided to retrieve it – he begins a clandestine search to locate a new home for his “tenants”.

    Determined to relocate his people to firm ground, Nemat resolutely coordinates the efforts of all men, women and children living under his auspices. In a scene stunningly filmed by cinematographer Reza Jalali, young boys dive into open sea to help Nemat clandestinely sell some of the tanker’s oil to a man in a nearby boat.

    However, for the sake of collective survival, Nemat also uses his absolute power to pacify those challenging his rule. As an example, when the young Ahmad (Hossein Farzi-Zadeh) finds out that the girl (Neda Pakdaman) he loves is destined to marry a mysterious wealthy man, he escapes by stealing one of the ship's motor boats. After being captured, Ahmad is forced to apologize — and Nemat almost drowns him in the process.

    “As wrenching as it is beautiful” (Janice Page, BOSTON GLOBE), IRON ISLAND challenges Western audiences to rethink our notions of leadership and collective participation. As writer/director Mohammad Rasoulof imagines an allegorical narrative that directly tackles issues of governance without placing liberal ideology at its center, he not only explores the possibility of a society uncommitted to Western traditions but also makes a powerful —and topical— statement about Iran’s ongoing search for a fair political model.

    Norooz: Persian New Year

    Maryland Friday - March 31, 2006     07:00 PM

    Come join us in celebrating the arrival of spring and the PERSIAN NEW YEAR with the Johns Hopkins University's Iranian Cultural Society! Enjoy a fun night with Persian food, special performance by Amir Vahab and the Soroosh Ensemble, student performances, hookahs, and dancing! Tickets are $10 for students and $15 for others. To buy tickets, please send an e-mail to Johns Hopkins University's Iranian Cultural Society at Buy your tickets as soon as possible before they are sold out.

    WHERE: Glass Pavilion, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus (3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21218)

    WHEN: Friday March 31st, 7:00pm-12:00pm

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