Will Sponsor Conference On Women And Iranian Cinema March 30
9, 2001-- The University of Virginia will sponsor
a three-day conference, "Women and Iranian Cinema," featuring
major figures in Iranian contemporary art, filmmaking, film criticism
and scholarship Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1.
has the world's most adventurous national cinema today, and this
conference will explore one important aspect of this creativity
the complex representations of and by Iranian women that
challenge stereotypes of their roles," said Richard
Herskowitz, artistic director of U.Va.s Virginia Film Festival
and one of the conference organizers.
participants include the acclaimed media installation artist Shirin
Neshat, who will premiere a new film with original music by Philip
Glass. Other participants include film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum,
author of "Movie Wars: How Hollywood and the Media Conspire
to Limit What Films We Can See," and film scholar Hamid Naficy
of Rice University.
conference is a way of fostering a dialogue among cultures,"
said Farzaneh Milani, co-organizer of the event and director of
Persian Studies and interim director of the Studies in Women and
Gender programs at U.Va. "It will be fashioned like an intensive
course on the role and representation of women in Iranian cinema."
topics include "Women in Iranian Cinema," "Crossing
Artistic Borders: Film, Architecture and Poetry," "Iranian
Women Directors," and "Shirin Neshat and Expanded Media."
Sessions will be held in Campbell Hall.
Saturday morning session will feature Forugh Farrokhzads 1962
short film, "The House is Black," the first film by an
Iranian woman. For years, no one in America had access to this
work until the New York Film Festival screened it in 1998.
film is one of the masterpieces of 20th-century cinema,"
said Herskowitz. "It is a fusion of cinema and poetry that
sears its words and images on those lucky enough to see it."
highlight of the conference will be screenings of six short and
two feature films at Vinegar Hill Theatre, including a rare theater
screening on March 31 of Shirin Neshats dual-screen trilogy:
"Turbulent," "Fervor," and "Rapture."
"Passage," commissioned by composer Philip Glass, also
will be presented. Neshats "Turbulent" won the Golden
Lion at the 1999 Venice Biennale, and she is one of the most esteemed
visual artists working today.
feature films, which begin their U.S. theatrical releases in April,
will also be shown at Vinegar Hill Theatre as part of the conference:
Marzieh Meshkinis "The Day I Became A Woman" and
Jafar Panahis "The Circle." "The Day I Became
A Woman," fresh from its premiere a week earlier at the New
Directors/New Films festival in New York City, will be shown
at 9:15 p.m. on March 30 and at 7 p.m. on April 1 and 2. "The
Circle," winner of the top prize at the 2000 Venice Film Festival,
will be shown April 2 at 2 p.m. and April 3-5 at 7 p.m.
conference is sponsored by U.Va.s Persian Program, the Studies
in Women and Gender programs and the Virginia Film Festival. Co-sponsors
include the Middle Eastern Studies Program, South Asia Center, Special
Lecture Series, the Bayly Art Museum, the Persian Cultural Society,
the Program for the Humanities and Medicine, and Asian and Middle
Eastern Languages and Cultures.
conference is free and open to the public. There is a charge for
the films shown at Vinegar Hill Theatre at 220 Market Street.
will be available on the Web at www.vafilm.com.
A complete conference schedule is attached.
Jane Ford, (804) 924-4298