In honor of their culinary focus on Iran, Conflict Kitchen has organized the Iranian Film & Video Festival, which will include exclusive and ongoing film events throughout the city. The festival will spotlight various works that “explore the diversity of the Iranian experience through fiction and experimental storytelling.” See film details and schedule below:
Curated by Sohrab Kashani, this 60-minute recent video work from Iran includes artists Maryam Amini, Yousha Bashir, Mahsa Biglow, Mina Bozorgmehr / Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Samira Eskandarfar, Farid Jafari, Maedeh Jenab, Shadi Noyani, Aliyar Rasti, and Mamali Shafahi.
Shattered Frames will screen at 6 p.m. in the Carnegie Museum of Art. The evening includes a post-screening discussion with Kashani. Admission is $5, free for students with valid ID.
Directed and co-written by Rakhshan Banietemad, Tales features mostly female characters from her previous films, people who represent different layers of the society. The movie also depicts a courageous and honest image of today’s Iranian society and its recent issues, covering subjects like students’ and workers’ movements as well as many others. The characters, which include filmmakers, workers, intellectuals, state employees, and social workers, have one thing in common. They are all passionate and in love. Tales, in fact, is a love story of mothers and sons, husbands and wives, and men and women whose love and passion give them the hope to overcome their difficulties, whether these difficulties are the universal struggles of the society’s lower ranks, or any other social or emotional issues. So with that hope, they find the power to continue their fights for a better life, ending in enjoying one that is brightened by love.
Tales will screen at 12 p.m. in the Melwood Screening Room. A live Skype discussion between Tales screenwriter Farid Mostafavi and his son, Sohrab Kashani, will follow. Tickets are $10. This event is presented in partnership with CMU International Film Festival.
A suspenseful tale of love and family upended by obsession and suspicion, Circumstance is also a provocative coming-of-age story that cracks open the hidden, underground world of Iranian youth culture, where a young woman’s most electrifying passions can become the most dangerous of secrets. The Audience Award winner at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, writer-director Maryam Keshavarz‘s debut feature boldly takes filmgoers inside a modern Iran rarely witnessed by outsiders: an exhilarating, invisible realm of illicit parties where young hipsters risk arrest, and their futures, as they experiment with sex, drugs and defiance, all while trying to evade the authorities.
Circumstance will screen at 6 p.m. in the Row House Cinema. The event includes Iranian dessert and tea. Tickets cost $15 and are available for advance purchase at the Row House website.
The Iranian Film & Video Festival also includes two ongoing works, the 2014 film Precious Little and the 2016 virtual non-fiction film Tour of Tehran. Both are available daily at the Conflict Kitchen location in Oakland.