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

    David & Layla - a Political Romantic Comedy! Premier of final film in Manhattan/New York

    New York Tuesday - October 10, 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.

    DAVID & LAYLA- a Political Romantic Comedy!

    New York Tuesday - October 10, 2006     07:30 PM

    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: ww.NewrozFilms.com

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

    17 Official Film Festival Selections in Competition & 2 Wins

    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.

    Film: Unwanted Woman - Middle East Film Series Fall 2006

    Bay Area - Peninsula Tuesday - October 10, 2006     07:30 PM

    Middle East Film Series Fall 2006
    Sponsored by Sohaib & Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies
    The Middle East Collection, SUL-AIR


    Schedule:
    Oct 10: An Unwanted Woman
    (dir. Tahmineh Milani, Iran, 2005)
    When Sima is asked by her abusive husband to tolerate his affairs, she feels humiliated and broken. Then fate steps in to provide her with the perfect chance for strike back at him.
    Oct 24: Kurtlar Vadisi Irak
    (dir. Serdar Akar, Turkey, 2006)
    An elite Turkish commando squad infiltrates the Kurdish region of US occupied Iraq. They find their supposed American allies are involved in murder squads, extortion, organ dealing and more. Not in our name indeed.
    Nov 7: Karim's Harem
    (dir. Ali Idris, Egypt, 2005)
    When Karim's wife leaves him, he enlists the aid of his old college (girl) friends to help win her back. But they have their sights set on winning Karim for themselves.
    Nov 28: Le Harem de Mme Osmane
    (dir. Nadir Mokneche, France/Algeria, 2000)
    Set in Algeria on the eve of the civil war in 1993, Mme Ousmane exercises a casual dictatorship over the inhabitants of her apartment house, as all the women try to maintain a semblance of a peaceful existence against the backdrop of mounting violence and political unrest.
    Dec 5: Bachehaye Bad (Bad Kids)
    (dir. Alireza Davoudnejad, Iran, 2000)
    Two ne'er-do-well friends take a road trip to the Caspian Sea. On the way they meet a mysterious girl, whose seeming freedom and power fascinate them. As they learn her secret they discover the price she has paid.

    *Films will be shown in their original languages with
    English subtitles.

    *Hosted by David Giovacchini, Middle East Collection,
    SUL-AIR.

    *Free Admission. All welcome.

    All films will be shown in Piggott Hall, Rm 113 at
    7:30 PM.
    Stanford University
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