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Life on the Border: The Cinema of Bahman Ghobadi — Turtles Can Fly

When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM CT

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, Block Cinema, 40 Arts Circle Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free of charge & open to the public!

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings


Join us for this series of screenings and conversations with the critically-acclaimed Iranian-Kurdish filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, who has been called "the poet laureate of Kurdish cinema,” between Wednesday May 23 and Friday May 25.

This series is made possible by the generous gift from Northwestern alumnae Tamilla Ghodsi (WCAS ‘91) and Zuleika M. Ghodsi (WCAS ‘93) that established the Iranian-American Fund for Cultural Programming.

Thursday May 24

6:30 pm: Reception
7:00 pm: Chicago Premier of Sometimes Look Up (2014, 15 min)
7:20 pm: Screening of Turtles Can Fly (2004, 98 min)

Post-screening discussion with Bahman Ghobadi and film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum led by Brian Edwards

"Ghobadi has written a spiritual bulletin from the war-ravaged Middle East, and placed children at the centre of the action. ... He also has a journalist's feel for what is relevant combined with a distinctively spiritual capacity for calm. It is a fiercely sombre story, compellingly sited in the here and now." —The Guardian

co-sponsored by the MENA Program & Block Cinema

All screenings are free of charge and open to the public.

For the full series schedule for all three nights, visit this page:

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