SOAS University of London

LMEI marks SOAS Centenary with special day 'Celebrating Iranian Culture & Community in London'

28 June 2017

To conclude its series of events marking the SOAS Centenary celebrations, the LMEI at SOAS presented a special event on 'Youth, Cinema and War in Iran'.

The theme of the day's film screenings and panel discussions focused on youth in Iran, and secondly on the Iran-Iraq War (1980-88). The programme was presented in two parts: (a) Short Films by the Iranian Young Cinema Society (IYCS) and (b) The 'Sacred Defence' Film Genre. Running alongside the programme of film screenings was a Book Fair in the Brunei Suite with several stalls from different Persian-language publishers, in addition to participation from Asia House, Persia Educational Foundation and the Magic of Persia (MOP) Foundation.

The first section of the programme began with the screening of four short films by the IYCS involving students at Iranian film institutes: Lachak (The Scarf), Man Ghadeemi Hastam (The Outsider), Raha (Released) and Gardesh (Turnabout). The screenings were followed by a Q&A session, led by Roya Arab, with Shahin Parvizi, a former IYCS student who discussed his experiences of learning film making in Iran.

A break in the programme following the conclusion of the Youth and Short Films session gave visitors an opportunity to sample Persian tea and sweets in the Brunei Suite and browse the final hour of the book fair, which had a lively and bustling atmosphere.

LMEI Director, Dr Hassan Hakimian, welcomed visitors to the concluding section of the day's programme, which kicked off with a specially recorded message from Iranian filmmaker, Kiumars Pourahmad, before the screening of his feature movie, Otobus-e Shab (The Night Bus), which is set during the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980s.

After the feature film, Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad, Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS, chaired a discussion and Q&A on Iranian cinema with Kaveh Abbasian, a filmmaker, visiting lecturer and PhD student at the University of Roehampton.

LMEI is grateful to Roya Arab for her lead in planning and organising the 'Youth, Cinema and War in Iran' with the LMEI team.

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