Mason Hosts Iranian Animation and Film Festival

Posted: October 31, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

A series of Iranian feature-length films and animated shorts will be shown in the Johnson Center Cinema Saturday through Monday, Nov. 1, 2, and 3. The festival will also feature a panel discussion and presentations by contemporary Iranian directors. All screenings are free and open to the public.

The five feature-length films to be shown range in topic from poignant drama, to romance, to surrealist political satire. Narges is the first post-revolutionary film to portray a romantic triangle. Secret Ballot is a satire about a female election officer and the soldier assigned to assist her as they travel through a remote, rural area trying to convince villagers to vote. The Color of Paradise, which tells the story of a boy at Tehran’s institute for the blind and his callous father, won Best Picture at the Montreal International Film Festival. The Traveler tells the story of a defiant youth from a small Iranian town who is determined to go to Teheran for a big soccer match, at any cost.

The animated portion of the festival will include a retrospective on the history of Iranian animation and a review of contemporary animated shorts. A selection of stop-action animation by director Abdollah Ali Morad will be shown, and Ali Morad will be on hand to give a demonstration of stop-action techniques.

A panel discussion on the history of Iranian animation will be held, featuring Ali Morad, director and artist Ali Akbar Sadeqi, and Mohsen Chiniforousham, director of the Center for Intellectual development of Children in Iran. The panel will be moderated by Mason Art and Visual Technology professor Y. David Chung.

The festival is sponsored by the Department of Art and Visual Technology, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Film and Media Studies Program, the Department of English, and the Office of the Provost. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and a detailed listing of times and events, visit the festival web site.

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