Film: "Filmfarsi"
Film: "Filmfarsi"
WhenSunday, January 19, 2020, 1:30 PM
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationMeyer Auditorium
CostFree. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.


Before the 1979 revolution, Iran was home to a thriving popular film industry packed with violence and melodrama, and populated with sexy starlets and macho action stars. Most of these films  are now lost, but for a few surviving underground VHS tapes. Taking as its starting point the 1978 arson attack the Cinema Rex movie theater in Abadan, which killed over 400 people, Ehsan Khoshbakht’s exhaustively-researched documentary reconstructs this lively era of Iranian cinema history – one which few outside of Iran were aware of until now. (Dir.: Ehsan Khoshbakht, Iran/United Kingdom, 2019, 84 min., DCP, English and Persian with English subtitles)

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