Winter Film Awards and the Aftab Committee hosted "Film, Identity and Space: Indie Iranian Films," a panel discussion moderated by Lila Nazemian with panelists Rodin Hamidi, Hossein Keshavarz, and Ghasem Ebrahimian. Fazlollah Tari also made a virtual appearance to join the conversation!
In this discussion, we heard about the experiences of Iranian-American filmmakers and their thoughts on indie Iranian films. The panel included a screening of three short films from Iran: Meeting with the Leaf by Fazlollah Tari, Live with Me by Amirhossein Kotobzadeh, and Dancing in Water by Zahra Jafari.
At this event, we screened two short, internationally-acclaimed documentaries by film director, producer and cartoonist, Fazlollah Tari. The event also featured an exhibit of Fazlollah's artwork focusing on racism and poverty.
Loneliness Full of Hubbub ("Best Documentary" and "Best Editing" in 17th National Youth Film Festival, Iran) - 18 minutes.
A Meeting with the Leaf (Winner, "Audience Favorite Documentary" at 17th Moondance Film Festival/Official Selection at 2nd Chicago Feminist Film Festival) - 14 minutes.
Aftab Committee and the Persian Program at George Washington University Present: Art, Identity and the Iranian-American Narrative: A Panel Discussion.
Moderated by: Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani
Panelsits: Dr. Persis Karim, Maybe Jairan Sadeghi, and Jessica Emami
Ardeshir Mohasses (1938-2008) was Iran's foremost political cartoonist, satirist, painter and illustrator. Drawing upon his intimate knowledge of Iran's culture, history, and sociopolitical situation, Ardeshir attracted the attention not only of the intellectuals, poets and writers of Iran of the time but also the international community. Filmmaker Bahman Maghsoudlou seeks to portray the beauty of Ardeshir's purpose and power in crafting his art to convey the plight of the oppressed, and his universal sense of justice and tyranny, expressed through a satirical visual history of Iran since the Qajar era. Interviews with prominent critics and friends are arranged to depict the nuances of Ardeshir's life: his time and career in Iran, his art and passion later in the United States, sources of his brilliant inspiration, his private reclusive moments, and his progressive political and social outlook. Ardeshir's various artistic endeavors are comprehensively covered, and viewers will see samples of his political cartoons, visual commentaries, and works for the New York Times along with his avant-garde style. This feature documentary admiringly displays the depth of Ardeshir's observations and his extraordinary free spirit.
NYU, Aftab Committee, and NIAC welcomed Iranian artist, Mehdi Ghadyanloo, in conversation with Andy Shallal, Iraqi-American activist and owner of Busboys and Poets.
The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists offers an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us.
Sponsored by The Aftab Committee, the Near East Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, and the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.
"The Persian Book Lecture Series"
2016 Focus: Literature and Performing Arts
Wednesday, September 14th, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building,
African Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220 10 First Street,
S.E. Washington, D.C. 20003
Aftab Presents: An Evening with Martin Amini
Hosted by Simone (DC Improv)
Chris Milner (Limestone Comedy Festival)
Adrian Rodney (202 Comedy Festival)
Benjy Himmelfarb (DC Improv)
Wendy Wroblewski (202 Comedy Festival)
Martin Amini (New York Comedy Festival)
Meet Maz Jobrani at our special film screening of Jimmy Vestvood Amerikan Hero! Stay after the film to watch Maz Jobrani perform and do a Q&A session, moderated by friend and comedian Martin Amini.
ftab Committee would like to thank the 70+ people who came to our “Dispelling Stereotypes” fundraiser comedy show hosted by Martin Amini last night! This event was a small step towards building deeper bonds between the Iranian-American community and other communities, at the same time addressing some of the common issues facing our communities through comedy. “Dispelling Stereotypes,” was the first of its kind for the Iranian-American community and we are proud to have made it happen! A special thank you to Simone, Chris Miller, Lamont King, Rallo Boykins, DJ BO, and Martin Amini for making it a special night.
The Aftab Committee and George Mason University, School of Policy, Government and International Affairs, would like to extend a warm thank all those who participated and attended our panel discussion on Iranian-American identity and community. We expect that the energy and creative flow of ideas from the discussion will generate fresh ways of thinking about the Iranian-American community and its future.
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Watch our latest video from art exhibit event with Asma Khoshmehr. The Aftab Committee organized this event as an effort to engage and empower newly arrived Iranian artists in the United States.
Aftab Committee would like to thank everyone who came out to our Art and Community event last night in support of Alexander Kwanje, a Iranian-Brazilian artist who just immigrated here to the United States. Through our Art and Community events, artists such as Alexander are engaged and empowered to succeed here in the United States, and contribute to the future. Alexander Kwanje was born in Tehran, Iran in 1986. Kwanje studied theatre in Tehran and has performed in Iran and internationally. Besides being a theatre performer, Kwanje is also a short film director. He has directed 4 short films, 2 of which have screened at international film festivals in Poland and France. He moved to the United States in November 2014.
A special thank you to all who helped make Aftab Committee’s “Dispelling Stereotypes” fundraiser comedy event in Brooklyn, New York a success! Thanks to our New York supporters and friends we were able to take another important step in building deeper bonds between the Iranian-American community and the Arab-American, Jewish American, Latino American and African-American communities- and enjoyed a night full of jokes and laughter!
hank you to all of those who participated in our first “Young Professionals Bridge-Building Networking Event”! This event aimed at developing a community of partnerships between diverse communities by sharing experiences, resources and providing an opportunity for young professionals to network. Developing deeper bonds between diverse communities, especially newer and smaller minority communities, for business, cultural and social purposes is beneficiary for not only our communities prosperity, recognition and growth here in the United States, but for all Americans alike. Thank you to Armen Sahakyan: Executive Director of the ERA Institute, Leila Piran: Director of Research and Development Aftab Committee, and Dr. Morad Eghbal for sharing their knowledge and expertise with us! Pictures of the event can be viewed below.