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Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, Professor, Film and Video, Columbia College, Chicago
1090 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright Street, Urbana
free and open to the public
Filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeedvafa, a professor at Columbia College in Chicago, examines the role that Hollywood movies played in her life, both as a young film lover growing up in pre-revolutionary Iran, and as an adult working as a filmmaker and educator in both Iran and the United States. Of particular focus is the intimate relationship young Mehrnaz developed with the image of Jerry Lewis, the iconic American film auteur who delighted audiences around the world with hilarious portrayals of outcasts and misfits in popular Hollywood comedies of the 1950s and '60s. Produced by Typecast Films
This is part of the 2013 Middle East Film Festival.
Professor Saeedvafa will attend the screening for discussion.
"The Circle" (Iran), 2000, 87 mins.
The film follows the lives of several women who, for one reason or another, are outcasts in their society. The narrative dynamically shifts from woman to woman, their stories culminating with tremendous potency and transforming a shared sense of despair and injustice into one of kinship. Produced and directed by Jafar Panahi, with the participation of Tele +, Mikado Film, Lumiere & Co., Foundation Monte Cinemaverit, Locarno, Director du Dvloppement et de la Cooperation, and Dpartement Fdral des Affaires Etrangres (Switzerland); a WinStar Cinema release. Starring Nargess Mamizadeh, Maryam Parvin Almani, Mojghan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin, Monire Arab, Maeden Tahmasbi, Maryam Shayegane, Khadijeh Moradi, Negar Ghadyani. Screenplay by Kambozia Partovi.