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- A Tribute to Shirin Neshat
Showtime:   Monday, March 13, 2006 @ 07:30 PM

Description:
  We are delighted to have a tribute to one of the most talented women artists/filmmakers working today to talk about her films and her career. Shirin Neshat will be joined by Behrouz Vossoughi, the famous Iranian actor, and Shahrnush Parsipur, one of the leading Iranian women's writers who wrote the book in which inspired Shirin Neshat to make Zarin.

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Shirin Neshat doesn't quite know where to call home. The 46-year-old artist was born and raised in Iran but moved to the U.S. after high school to study art. When the Islamic Revolution overtook her homeland in 1979, Neshat was exiled and couldn't return until 11 years later-- and the country she went home to bore little resemblance to the one she left.

Neshat dealt with her sense of displacement by trying to untangle the ideology of Islam through art. The result was Women of Allah (1993-97), a photographic series of militant Muslim women that subverts the stereotype and examines the Islamic idea of martyrdom.

In 1996, Neshat began working with film, eager to create more poetic, open-ended works. She produced a trilogy of split-screen video installations-- Turbulent (1998), Rapture (1999), Soliloquy (1999), Fervor (2000) -- and Paasage (2001) and Tooba (2002) -- all sumptuously filmed meditations on the male/female dynamic in Islamic societies.

The films that are part of this tribute are:

- Zarin (With: Behrouz Vossoughi, Shahrnush Parsipur, Orsi Toth)
- The Last Word (With: Azita Shahrzad, Mohammad Ghafari)
- Making of Mahdokht
- Tooba

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Please also see: 9/11/03: A Day in the life of New York [With: Shirin Neshat, Salman Rushdie, Reverend Al Sharpton, Joe Torre, Russell Simmons, Fareed Zakaria...]

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