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Film Screening curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad

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Doors open at 6pm. Screening will begin promptly at 6.30pm, followed by a discussion and Q&A at 7.15pm. Light refreshments provided.

Curated by Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad, this screening focuses on experimental film essays produced by Persian female filmmakers. The programme showcases some of the most thought-provoking films that reflect on the traces of memory, history and philosophy in Iranian culture through cinematic syntax, poetry and visual aesthetic. The selected films by Zara Zandieh and Maryam Tafakory look at the duality and shared experience of suffering or pleasure; enforcement and innocence; as well as individuality and universality.

The screening is followed by a discussion with Professor Griselda Pollock and Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad.

Supported by School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds.


SELECTED FILMS

Taklif (Task) by Maryam Tafakory

UK | 2014 | 10 mins | experimental short

Funded by the British Film Institute, Taklif is an abstract yet lyrical story of religion forced into a girl's life, seen from the innocent perspective of the child herself. It conveys the violence of early marriage and rites of passage, as faced by pre-pubescent girls in an Islamic context. Inner monologues, whispering, forms of (self-)censorship, memories, notions of the secret, transitional objects and props are interwoven with syntax, semantics and embodied forms of language to create a split-screen, fictional scenario incorporating choreography, daily obligations and part-presences. Taklif has been presented at Zurich Film Festival, British Film Institute, Underwire Film Festival (London), Hackney Picturehouse, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Athens International Short Film Festival, and Shnit International Short Film Festival (Bern), among others.

Khoshbakhti (Happiness) by Zara Zandieh

Germany | 2015 | 20 mins | experimental short

“I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year in 2014. The New Year can be or may become joyful if we can see the moments of our life with inner eyes. One cannot define ‘happiness’; instead, it lies before us. But only for a glimpse, for a moment. Then it continues on. One cannot take hold of it, rather it is something one can taste.”

Amir, an electrical engineer by trade, engages with philosophical texts and, for New Year, sends greetings to his friends and clients. In the text he has written for this purpose, he refers to the meaning of universal happiness. What does it mean that happiness cannot be defined? What does it mean that happiness is fleeting and can only be tasted? Are these mere poetic, playful thoughts or do they contain something that may help us perhaps to get a taste of happiness? In this essayistic experimental short film we enter into the speaker’s intellectual world, which emerges as lively and reflective, and, at its deepest, a very moving place. Khoshbakhti was selected for the 2016 Achtung Berlin New Berlin Film Award part of the Berlin Film Festival in the ‘Made in Berlin-Brandenburg’ category, as well as 2015 DOK Leipzig in the German Competition Short Film category.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Dr. Azadeh Fatehrad is an artist and curator based at the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies University of Leeds working in the context of historical representation. Underpinning Fatehrad’s research is a cross-cultural approach that looks at the artistic, social, aesthetic and political implications of ‘existing images’, and their relation to life today. Fatehrad has curated diverse public programmes such as ‘Sohrab Shahid-Saless: Exiles’ at the Close-Up Film Centre, Goethe-Institut and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (2017-18); ‘The Feminist Historiography’ at IASPIS, Stockholm (2016); and ‘Witness 1979’ at the Showroom, London (2015).

Professor Griselda Pollock is a visual theorist, cultural analyst and scholar of international postcolonial feminist studies in the visual arts. Based in England, she is well known for her theoretical and methodological innovation, combined with readings of historical and contemporary art, film and cultural theory. Since 1977, Pollock has been one of the most influential scholars of modern and postmodern art. She is also a major influence in feminist theory, feminist art history and gender studies.

Image: Still from Khoshbakhti (Happiness), 2015, dir. Zara Zandieh.

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