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Iranian Film Festival Opens April 11

Iranian Film Festival Opens April 11

Eighteenth annual festival features seven premiere screenings.

UCLA Today Online

2008 MARKS the Archive's 18th annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema, and our program this year is as eclectic and diverse as ever. This year's offerings include seven new features from Iran and the Diaspora, as well as compelling new documentary and short works on film and video.

A major identifiable theme in this year's program is Iranian culture, whether it's pop culture — including a love triangle and murder that rocked Iran in 2002 ("The Red Card") and provided steamy headlines for the Iranian tabloids for months; military culture in "Night Bus" and "Those Three"; small town culture in "Dandelions Dance in the Wind"; an irreverent and entertaining "history" of the city of Tehran in "Tehran Has No More Pomegranates!"; and an ode to one of the world's most important and enduring art forms in "Persian Carpet," which features contributions by contemporary Iran's leading filmmakers, from Bahman Ghobadi to Rakhshan Bani-Etemad.

For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, see the UCLA Film and Television Archive Web site.

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