Iran and the West: Attraction & Detraction in Sabereh Kashi's Films
Diaspora Arts Connection proudly presents a screening of Iranian documentary filmmaker Sabereh Kashi's films, "Poems of Winter and Cigarettes" (2014, Canada), and "Lalezar Street" (2000, Iran). and a sneak preview of her upcoming documentary "Home Yet Far Away." Come spend a fun and nostalgic Sunday afternoon with filmmaker Sabereh Kashi and let her take you into the world of a gifted poet in Canada and into a beloved old Tehran neighborhood where thousands of Iranians fell in love with American movies and movie stars. A Q/A with the filmmaker will follow.
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 3:00 pm; East Bay Media Center; 1939 Addison Street, Berkeley. Tickets: $10 advance; $15 door. Tea and cookies will be served.
Home Yet Faraway (in production): After her mother dies of a sudden heart attack, an Iranian immigrant in the U.S. embarks on a five-year journey between Iran and California in a quest to heal her relationship with her father and her homeland. View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfcwutbXc6c
Poems of Winter and Cigarettes (2014, Canada): Siavash Shabanpour was a promising young poet in Iran before he immigrated to Canada in 2002. Today, he studies theater at York University, and writes and directs controversial and provocatively plays for the Iranian community in Toronto. This film is an intimate portrait of two days in his life. We observe him as he smokes cigarettes in his tiny apartment, recites poetry, goes to school, and meets with friends while continually struggling to find his place in Canadian society. View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z71iUCgrSU
Lalezar Street (2000, Iran): Lalezar Street was built 160 years ago in Tehran by the order of king Nassereddin Shah. With its cafes, theaters, and music halls it resembled European style streets in the heart of the Iranian capital, and left many vivid memories in the minds of those who experienced that era. Over time, the street gradually lost its glamour, and was filled with lighting stores as an extension of Tehrans big bazaar. View the Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyalgnjv_7E
Sabereh Kashi is a PhD holder and filmmaker who has lived and worked in Iran, Canada and the U.S. Her 35mm documentary Lalezar Street (2000) was a selection of International Fadjr Festival in Iran. Immigrating to Canada in 2001, she earned a post-graduate degree in Advanced TV and Film with major in Film Editing. She edited Calling Nate (2004), a documentary about a transgender teenager in Toronto, a selection at the Hot Docs international festival. She also worked as staff video editor at Canadian networks of Toronto 1, Sun TV, and MTV. In 2007, she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she edited and co-wrote the Public Television-funded documentary, Our Summer in Tehran (2011) by Oscar nominated and Emmy Winner Justine Shapiro. The documentary was a selection at many worldwide festivals including IDFA (International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam), and was broadcast in many countries around the world. She has been the editor and story consultant of several documentaries including Boys and Men Healing (2010), In The Name of Their Mothers (2011), Surviving International Boulevard (2015), and Sufi, Sailor, Spy (in post-production). She has also produced diary-style documentaries about Iranian diasporic artists. Her documentary Poems of Winter and Cigarettes (2014) was a selection of Diaspora Film Festival in Toronto. Since 2010, she has been working on Home Yet Faraway, portraying her five-year journey of self-discovery between Iran and America.
East Bay Media Center (View)
1939 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
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