List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2008-01-15

    new session of "Shahnameh of Ferdowsi"

    Orange County Tuesday - January 15, 2008     07:00 PM

    Jan 15 (Tue)-OC: The beginning of the new session of "Shahnameh of Ferdowsi" weekly classes by Dr. Maryam Sadeghi, every Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30PM, @ OC Plaza (2575 McCabe Way, Irvine 92614), Info: 800-260-3744, 949-614-6725, www.universeoflove.com

    Documentary on Iranian Diaspora at PFA

    Bay Area - East Bay Tuesday - January 15, 2008     07:30 PM

    Pacific Film Archive presents

    TUESDAY JANUARY 15

    7:30 Best in the West

    Maryam Kashani (U.S., 2006, 71 mins)

    Maryam Kashani in Person

    When a group of young men left Iran in the 1960s and seventies to study abroad, they believed it was only temporary. Maryam Kashani, a graduate of UC Berkeley's Film Studies program, catches up with them forty years later, living in San Francisco. "The guys" include her father and uncle. Their story is reflected in the local urban landscape, as revealed in photos of the restaurants, nightclubs, and gas stations they owned. But just as relevant to their lives are the changing relations between Iran and the United States, as the price of oil rose and the Shah fell. Kashani deftly negotiates these two scales, personal and international, interweaving industrial and archival footage with intimate interviews and family portraits. The guys tell their personal stories with warmth and humor, finding their way through the counterculture, two gas crises, bankruptcy, and marriage, but always against the backdrop of an enduring friendship marked by laughter and songs, and a gamble or two.





    Part of the series Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Recent Experimental Documentaries.



    The Pacific Film Archive Theater is located at 2575 Bancroft Way (between Telegraph and Bowditch) in Berkeley. Advance tickets are available by calling (510) 642-5249 or visiting http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/tickets



    For more information on these and other programs, visit http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries





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