List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-10-03

    Geneive Abdo: Mecca and Main Street, Muslim Life in America after 9/11

    Tuesday - October 3, 2006     07:30 AM

    Mecca and Main Street examines in detail how the lives of over six million Muslims in America have changed since 9/11. Noted author and journalist Geneive Abdo, Liaison for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations, examines such questions as: who are our Muslim neighbors? What are their beliefs and desires? How are they coping with life under the War on Terror? Abdo offers illuminating answers to these questions as she discusses Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11.



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    Film - 13 and 1/2

    Vancouver Tuesday - October 3, 2006     01:30 PM

    "13 and a Half" at Vancouver International Film Festival October 1 and 3, 2006
    Unprecedented, daring and set in Tehran, co-directors Abbas Ahmadi and Nader Davoodi's film provides a rare glimpse beneath the chador, as they document the all-female stage play 13, courageously directed and entirely cast with women.

    Film Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxkQWcuxRok

    Tue, Oct 3 1:30 pm Empire Granville 7 Theatre 5 $7.50

    DAVID & LAYLA- a political romantic comedy! [New York]

    Tuesday - October 3, 2006     07:30 PM

    DAVID & LAYLA- a political romantic comedy!



    MARKOR at 35 West 67th at Columbus, Manhatan.



    Persian actress "Shiva Rose (Layla) excels as a self-reliant damsel in distress worth rooting for." VARIETY.



    18 Official Festival Selections; 2 Wins



    From an impossible romance, a hope (a fantasy!) for peace: David & Layla- A Political Romantic Comedy! Set in New York, inspired by a true story.



    "This new comedy about young loves and the large ethnic families (on both sides) that stand between them could have been just another My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but its originality and insight set it apart. This outright charmer by Jay Jonroy has the potential of being a broad crowd-pleaser, along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Only David and Layla is a superior variation on that film, with unexpected insights…” Joe Baltake.



    Q & A with Director & Cast.



    Admission Fee $15 reduced to $7.50 by using 50% discount code 'FAF'. Plus $4 Service Charge is reduced by 50% when buying more than one ticket.



    Tkts online at www.Makor.org. There click Or Tel charge 212 415 5500 or at venue: 35 W 67th St at Columbus Makor is the most eclectic liberal Jewish cultural center in America.



    Screening again at Makor at 7.30PM, Tues Oct 10.



    David & Layla- a Political Romantic Comedy!

    New York Tuesday - October 3, 2006     07:30 PM

    Two New York Sneak Previews



    17 Official Film Festival Selections, 2 Wins.



    Persian American “Shiva Rose (Layla) excels as a self-reliant damsel in distress worth rooting for." VARIETY



    "This new comedy about young loves and the large ethnic families (on both sides) that stand between them could have been just another My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but its originality and insight set it apart. This outright charmer by Jay Jonroy has the potential of being a broad crowd-pleaser, along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Only David and Layla is a superior variation on that film, with unexpected insights…” Joe Baltake.



    From an impossible romance, a hope (a fantasy!) for peace:



    David & Layla - A Jewish Muslim Romantic Comedy! Set in New York- inspired by a true story!



    7:30 pm Tues, Oct 3rd, & Oct 10th at Makor/Steinhardt, 35 West 67th @ Columbus.



    Tkts: Tel charge 212 415 5500 Or at Makor



    Or online: www.Makor.org then click then



    Press & Industry passes contact: dv@NewrozFilms.com or 1 212 757 4743.



    Though Layla is Kurdish, Shiva plays her as she’s meant to be: a symbol of the grace & femininity of women from the Middle East and the Islamic world- from Baghdad to Beirut, from Tehran to Los Angeles. Layla's dilemma to keep the best of her rich Eastern culture while adapting to and accepting the best of Western culture and freedom is common to millions of women in Diaspora. The film uses comedy, romance and sensuality as playful veils to highlight and celebrate the history, politics, and the glorious diversity of culture, music, food, and art of the Middle East.



    Also screening at Makor at 7.30PM Tues Oct 10.



    Makor also screened the controversial pro Palestinian films “Paradise Now” and “Edward Said: The Last Interview.”



    Norouz 2006 Persian Art Festival was held at Makor.



    David & Layla full info at: www.NewrozFilms.com

    David & Layla - a Political Romantic Comedy!

    New York Tuesday - October 3, 2006     07:30 PM

    $ 15 Tickets direct online at www.Makor.org

    Or at Hotline: 212.413 8806; or main: 212 601 1000

    35 W 67th St at Columbus.

    New York, NY 10023



    A Most Romantic film? Film just got selected by Tahiti Romantic Film Festival to compete with another 11 features from World Cinema as the Most Romantic Film of the last 2 years! Details at: www.NewrozFilms.com



    17 Official Film Festival Selections in Competition & 2 Wins.



    Persian actress "Shiva Rose (Layla) excels as a self-reliant damsel in distress worth rooting for." VARIETY.



    David & Layla is distinguished by being invited not only by standard film festivals, but also by Political/Human Rights, as well as by Love/Romantic film festivals.



    “A Political Romantic Comedy” logline of a ‘Jewish Muslim romance’ inspired by true story is perhaps further justified!



    Independent Film Critic Joe Baltake:



    "This new comedy about young loves and the large ethnic families (on both sides) that stand between them could have been just another My Big Fat Greek Wedding, but its originality and insight set it apart. This outright charmer by Jay Jonroy has the potential of being a broad crowd-pleaser, along the lines of My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Only David and Layla is a superior variation on that film, with unexpected insights..."



    The film is now even more topical. This final film is shorter. It now has 23 new score music that renders Layla to be more tender and tragic and the whole film more poignant and serious yet still funny!



    Shiva interprets Layla magnificently. Though Layla is a Kurdish war victim, she could be a Palestinian or a Sephardic or a Lebanese war victim or indeed any woman from Eastern traditions living in Diaspora. Layla refuses to play victim. Her plight and dilemma to keep the best of her Eastern culture while adapting and accepting the best of the West’s culture and freedom is common to millions of women in the Middle East and the Islamic world, both in Diaspora and in their homelands.



    Makor is on Upper West near Lincoln Center – the largest Jewish cultural center in NY. Liberal Makor also showed the pro Palestinian film “Paradise Now.” Also, Persian/Iranian Norooz 2006 was celebrated at Makor.



    Though Layla is Kurdish, Shiva plays her as she’s meant to be: a symbol of the grace and femininity of women from the Middle East and the Islamic world- from Baghdad to Cairo, from Tehran to Beirut.



    Some may have seen an earlier version of this film. The film uses playful comedy, romance and sensuality as veils to highlight and celebrate the history, politics, and the glorious diversity of culture, music, food, arts and crafts of the Middle East.



    The Tortoise and the Hare? A slow start due to this independent film’s taboo ‘Jewish Muslim love story’ and its bold mixed-genres: romance, comedy, drama and tragedy/politics!



    But this film’s classic love story and its relevant themes are proving to be timeless, assuring David & Layla a long life!



    Due to tragic, shifting, polarizing political b.g of this love story, this “controversial” film of originally 138 mins had to be edited several times to its present 108 mins- final film locked with new music score June 2006.



    Geneive Abdo: Mecca and Main Street, Muslim Life in America After 9/11

    Tuesday - October 3, 2006     07:30 PM

    TIME CORRECTION: THIS EVENT IS AT 7:30 PM



    Tuesday, October 3 7:30

    Mecca and Main Street examines in detail how the lives of over six million Muslims in America have changed since 9/11. Noted author and journalist Geneive Abdo, Liaison for the Alliance of Civilizations at the United Nations, examines such questions as: who are our Muslim neighbors? What are their beliefs and desires? How are they coping with life under the War on Terror? Abdo offers illuminating answers to these questions as she discusses Mecca and Main Street: Muslim Life in America after 9/11.





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    ATISH

    Tuesday - October 3, 2006     10:00 PM

    Saturday October 7th

    PARSRHYTHM Presents



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