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Life on the Border: The Cinema of Bahman Ghobadi — No One Knows About Persian Cats

When: Friday, May 25, 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: Fine Arts


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.

Friday May 25

7:00 pm: Screening of No One Knows About Persian Cats (2009, 106 min)

Post-screening discussion with Bahman Ghobadi led by Hamid Naficy and Simran Bhalla

"No One Knows About Persian Cats, a heart-pounding descent into the illegal underground music scene of Tehran, comes at you like the scream of an electric guitar. [T]he film has a remarkably exuberant spirit that is impossible to resist… The narrative arc swings between light and darkness, from the sheer joy of the Persian rappers who practice on top of an unfinished skyscraper, to Nadar's arrest and interrogation for his black-market DVDs. In Ghobadi's hands, though, it always feels real." –Los Angeles Times

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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