BEIRUT — Iran’s expatriate filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is facing withering condemnation in his homeland for attending a film festival in Israel, the Islamic Republi’s archfoe.
The acclaimed director, considered a pioneer of moviemaking in Iran, traveled to the Jerusalem Film Festival this month to screen his latest work, “The Gardener,” which explores the conflict between two generations about the role of religion in society.
Javad Shamgdari, the head of Iran’s official cinema organization, penned a letter to the leadership of the Iranian cinema museum demanding the removal of all of the director’s awards and trophies.
“Makhmalbaf made his first 10 films in Iran using the money of the state-run organizations to learn cinema,” Shamgdari was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Mehr news agency. “Now he has fallen into the arms of the occupier, the murderous Zionist regime.”
Read the rest of the Times piece here.
Come see the timely pro-privacy documentary TERMS AND CONDITIONS this weekend and participate in the discussion during one of several post-screening Q&A’s. Friday 7/19 after the 7:40 PM screening there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback, John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, and Yaman Salahi of the ACLU in Southern California.
Saturday 7/20 @ 7:40 PM show – Immediately following show, there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback.
Sunday 7/21 @ 3:20 PM show – Immediately following show, there will be a Q&A with director Cullen Hoback.
We’re very pleased to open NICKY’S FAMILY July 19. Today the L.A. Times published a piece about Sir Nicholas Winton, a very modest hero whose life-saving accomplishments went unacknowledged for decades: “Winton said he didn’t talk about his accomplishments because ‘there were more important things going on than to dwell in the past.'”
Beginning July 19 we’ll be screening NICKY’S FAMILY, the acclaimed documentary about Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II: He was a big part of what we now know as the Kindertransport. This hero is still alive and in May CNN marked the occasion of his 104th birthday by broadcasting this piece about him and the new film.
Actresses Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah and Camryn Manheim will participate in a Q&A following the 7:30 screening of THE HOT FLASHES and will introduce the 10 PM screening at the Music Hall on Friday, July 12th. Please join them for a lively conversation about women, film, basketball….. and lots of other interesting things.