List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2011-09-02

    CIRCUMSTANCE -Persian movie Opens at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre

    New York Friday - September 2, 2011     12:41 PM

    CIRCUMSTANCE begins Sept 2 at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre. For show times, call 631-423-FILM or got to www.CinemaArtsCentre.org
    Maryam Keshavarz’s debut feature is a riveting political drama and love story that focuses on the fraught allegiances and desires of a single family in Tehran. Atafeh, the privileged daughter of an educated, well-to-do family and her new friend, Shireen, share in an underground culture of nightclubs and parties that are banned in Iran. As the young women move about the city without male escorts and remove their headscarves in public, they defy the morality police—exhilarating but dangerous activities. Their friendship deepens and they fall into a sweet, forbidden love affair. When Atafeh’s brother, Mehran, returns home, newly fundamentalist in his views, the home itself becomes a dangerous web of surveillance and intrigue. Mehran, with direct access to powerful conservative forces in Tehran, uses his newfound prestige to rule over the daily activities of his sister and parents. Thus, the family becomes a microcosm of the political and social problems of Iran overall, where neighbors insist on their own moral superiority and pleasure takes place behind closed doors. Keshavarz fashions a sexy, engaging narrative that captures the paranoiac secrecy and repression that accompanies authoritarian rule, while revealing that politics truly do begin at home.

    France, 106 min., Persian with English subtitles

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