The Smithsonian is all set to host its annual Iranian Film Festival, now in its 22nd year. A series of films will be shown at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in the Washington, DC Smithsonian Institution.
“Our Iranian film festival is always an opportunity to see an often-misrepresented country and culture in a different light. This year, in addition to a strong selection of work by Iran-based directors, we include two by filmmakers based in Europe, whose distance and freedom from censorship allow them to more directly address social and political issues. The festival also features an exclusive screening of the final film by the late Abbas Kiarostami, adding a coda to the retrospective we presented last year.”
Last year, Voice of America Persian’s Mandana Tadayon sat down to speak with curator Tom Vick about the upcoming festival. Click here to watch the interview (note: it is primarily in Farsi).
The festival kicks off today with the film Blockage, and continues on until February 23rd. Screenings are free and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Cover image: ‘AVA’ directed by Sadaf Foroughi.
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