Since the mid-1960s, Kamran Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address issues of everyday life in Iran and influenced generations of Iranian New Wave filmmakers. Originally hired as a filmmaker for the government sponsored Ministry of Culture and Art, Shirdel has withstood periods of banning, confiscation, and censorship of his films, ironically in some instances by the same parties that commissioned them. This month, he makes his first US appearance for a special two-night event at the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) and the Melwood Screening Room.
Presented as part of the 2013 Carnegie International exhibit, each night will include different screenings, as well as brief introductory comments by Shirdel and a discussion with Carnegie International co-curator Tina Kukielski. On Feb. 20th, CMOA’s Culture Club will feature Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison) (1965), The Silver Canvas (1965), and An shab ke barun amad (The Night It Rained) (1967–74). On Feb. 21st, the Melwood Screening Room will screen Qaleh (The Women’s Quarter) (1966–80), Tehran Raitakhte Iran Ast (Tehran is the Capital of Iran) (1966–79), Solitude Opus (2001–2002), and Pearls of the Persian Gulf (1975).
The Culture Club screening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an artist happy hour in the Carnegie Café. Films and discussion will take place in the CMA Theater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door and include one drink ticket. Guests can also purchase tickets for both nights (Culture Club and Melwood Screening Room) for $15. The Melwood Screening Room event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Shirdel’s films are also shown daily at the Carnegie International exhibit.