On February 28, 2017, Winter Film Awards and the Aftab Committee presented 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 "appeared" virtually to join the conversation!
In this discussion, we heard about the experiences of Iranian-American filmmakers and got their unique perspectives on indie Iranian films. The conversation brought up issues of censorship, identity, and the unique challenges that filmmakers encounter in differing contexts.
The panel was proceeded by 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.