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Films & Schedules - Middle Eastern

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8 PM (B2)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 2:45 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

DIRECTOR: Eran Riklis - ISRAEL

Riklis’ comic and ultimately moving film starts in Jerusalem, when the unclaimed body of a woman killed by a suicide bomber turns out to be that of a foreign worker at a prominent local bakery. Worried that all the press coverage might damage the reputation of her business, the owner theatrically insists on memorializing the woman and instructs her personnel officer to escort the body back to Romania for a dignified funeral. But who was this woman, and why was she in Jerusalem? As a surreal journey to the backwaters of Romania unfolds, the personnel officer soon learns more than...

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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

Fri, Feb 18, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 20, 2011
at 5:15 PM (B3)
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MY TEHRAN FOR SALE

DIRECTOR: Granaz Moussavi - IRAN

Filmed in secret, renowned poet Moussavi’s bold first feature crafts a timely story of a generation living double lives in their own country. Marzieh, a young actress in Tehran, chafes under the pressure of government authorities who want to suppress her theater work. When she meets Saman at an underground rave, the Iranian-born Australian citizen offers her a way out of Iran and the possibility of a livelihood without fear. Set against the backdrop of Tehran’s thriving underground art, music, and theater scene and framed through a series of artful and dramatic flashback sequences, Moussavi acutely registers the trials of...

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SON OF BABYLON

Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6:45 PM (B4)
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Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 8:15 PM (B2)
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SON OF BABYLON

DIRECTOR: Mohamed Al-Daradji - IRAQ

A son’s search for his father and a mother’s search for her son form the centerpiece for an exploration of the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Set in 2003, just after Hussein’s downfall, young Ahmed and his determined grandmother journey across Iraq in search of his father, Ibrahim, a soldier missing in action since 1991. Focusing on forgiveness and people’s ability to overcome rather than on the many atrocities of the regime, Son of Babylon offers a poignant, eye-opening take on post-war Iraq, telling the story of two as the story of many. “Chases a poetic answer for the crimes...

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THE WHITE MEADOWS

Sat, Feb 12, 2011
at 6 PM (B3)
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Mon, Feb 14, 2011
at 8:30 PM (B3)
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THE WHITE MEADOWS

DIRECTOR: Mohammad Rasoulof - IRAN

Rasoulof’s enigmatic feature tells the story of Rahmat, an elderly man who collects the tears of souls in pain in a tiny pitcher—remaining all the while a nonjudgmental witness to the absurd havoc wreaked by the powers that be. Traveling by boat to scenes of sorrow through a seascape dotted with salty white islands and cliffs, he encounters a woman consigned to the sea for rejecting an unwanted marriage, an artist punished for his choice of colors, a young virgin drowned as a sacrifice to the gods in hopes of rain, and other unfortunates. An allegory for government persecution of...

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