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Iranian Films at the Tiburon International Film Festival

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Iranian Films at the Tiburon International Film Festival

Tiburon International Film Festival in Northern California, a showcase for the independent feature and short films from around the world, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with over 140 films (made by or about Iranians) from 55 countries including Iran.
Salve Marham
Country:  Iran
Director:  Alireza Davoodnejad
Cast:  Ehteram Habibian, Tanaz Tabatabaei, Kobra Hasanzadeh, Reza Davoodnejad,  Siavash Agha Mohammadi
Description:  A girl from a poor family succumbs to addiction and runs away from home.  Her grandmother follows her like a shadow in order to help her.

The film depicts a generation that is closer to their grandparents than their own parents.  It is a story about the pain and misery of grandmothers who are struggling to free their grandchildren from the evils of time.

The Orion
Country:  Iran
Director:  Zamani Esmati
Cast: Nasim Kiani, Mehrdad Sheykhi, Harned Baraghani, Mohamad Reza Farzad
Description:  Elham, whose boyfriend is going to leave her, is facing a problem.  She is not a virgin anymore.  To have a bright future in the Iranian society, he must handle the situation.  Now her boyfriend decides to do something for her by the help of two of his friends.

According to tradition, there is only one way Elham’s father can solve her unfortunate situation.  Director Zamani Esmati cogently spells out the hopeless position of an intelligent, educated woman in a traditionally-structured Muslim society.  Behind the compelling minimalist visuals of his psychological dram, shot in the best tradition of Iranian cinema, the filmmaker questions what kind of society considers Elham’s tragic situation acceptable.

Renowned director and screenwriter Jafar Panahi contributed to this film as an editing consultant.

The Other Side (Oyan)
Country:  Iran
Director:  Esmaeel Monsef
Cast: Naser Ja’fari, Reza Eesapoor, Zhila Shahi
Description:  We find out that the letters, that a young girl believes are from her fiancé living on the other side of the border, are not being sent by him.
Cultures of Resistance
Country: USA
Director:  Lara Lee

From Iran, where the graffiti and rap become tools in fighting back the regime, in Burma, where monks acting in the tradition of Gandhi take on a dictatorship, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard.  Cultures of Resistance explores how art and creativity can be the ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Digitial Bomb
Country:  Germany
Director:  Herrman Vaske
Cast:  Tron Guy, Maria Angelica Figueredo, Hermann Vaske
Description:  The Digital Bomb is a roller-coaster-ride through the land of digital creativity.  Internet-celebrity Tron Guy presents the past, present, and the future of the digital galaxies of the internet: the social galaxy, and the commercial galaxy, the commercial galaxy, and the media galaxy.  It contains a segment on the Iranian Diaspora and the recent election.

Paled Twice
Country:  Germany
Cast:  Karl-Werner baumberger, Lea Kaiser, armin Riahi, Tim Schneider, Axel siefer
Director:  Shirin Saghaie & Annkatrin Hausmann
Description:  The short film, Paled Twice, connects episodic stories that take place during one night in a hotel -- a girl who rejects the world, a man who breaks the silence, and a transvestite who bares himself.

“Understanding the World through Film”

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