Leaving Iran: Film Festival

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Leaving Iran: Film Festival

DC Reads Event Highlights Life-Changing Choices

Leaving one's homeland is never an easy decision.  In these films, this decision is made only slightly easier when two Iranian families consider the alternative:

A Separation DVD coverA Separation (Jodái-e Náder az Simin)
A film by by Asghar Farhadi.

A marriage crumbles as an Iranian couple struggles with the decision to leave their homeland. When the court intervenes, a daughter’s future and an elderly parent’s illness push the couple further apart. Secrets and resentments surface, leading to an explosive confrontation.

In Farsi with English subtitles; an Academy Award winner. 

123 mins. 2011, PG-13

Persepolis DVD coverPersepolis
A film by Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud.

An outspoken Iranian girl finds her unique attitude and outlook on life repeatedly challenged during the Islamic revolution. Her family sends her to Europe to school, in hopes that it will protect her. After a difficult and lonely assimilation, she returns to find both herself and her homeland changed. Based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi.

Animated. In English; a Cannes Jury Prize winner. 

95 mins. 2007, PG-13

The Film Festival begins on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. in Room A-5 on the Library's lower level, and is part of the Kick-Off of this year's DC Reads, a month-long celebration of Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books.  Nafasi's account of a clandestine book discussion group centered in Iran's capital city was a New York Times bestseller.
Reading Lolita in Tehran book cover
Author Azar NafisiOther events in the Oct. 20 kick-off include a Persian Crafts for Kids session at 1 p.m. and a Silk Road Dance Company performance at 2 p.m., both in the Great Hall.

DC Reads: One Book. One City. One Good Read. is an annual literary event sponsored by the DC Public Library that encourages the community to come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. This city wide program is a four-week celebration of the joy of reading which will include discussions and special events inspired by the themes and issues of the book. The goal of the program is to promote the pleasure of reading, appeal to a wide audience generating in-depth questions and discussions, and engage the community in an array of programs using various artistic means.

Find more DC Reads events at http://www.dclibrary.org/dcreads.