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Film Screening — Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy on/in Exile

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00 PM - 3:30 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 and open to the public.

Contact: Danny Postel  

Group: Middle East and North African Studies

Category: Fine Arts


Mouth Harp in Minor Key: Hamid Naficy on/in Exile
(Maryam Sepehri, 2017, Iran/USA, digital, 62 min.)

Please join us for this FREE screening of the new documentary film about Northwestern professor Hamid Naficy, a pioneering scholar of Iranian, post-colonial, and diaspora cinema, followed by audience Q & A with Naficy and director Maryam Sepehri.

A story told between two continents and spanning half a century, Mouth Harp in a Minor Key is a uniquely intimate portrait and an examination of life under exile. Sepehri’s film contextualizes Naficy’s intellectual achievements within his personal experience and the dynamics of Iranian-American politics.

Hamid Naficy is Professor of Radio/Television/Film and a faculty member of the Middle East and North African Studies Program at Northwestern. His many books include Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (1999), An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (2001), and the four-volume masterwork A Social History of Iranian Cinema (2011-12), published as:

Volume 1: The Artisanal Era, 1897–1941

Volume 2: The Industrializing Years, 1941–1978

Volume 3: The Islamicate Period, 1978–1984

Volume 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984–2010

“The four volumes of A Social History of Iranian Cinema constitute a landmark achievement.” —Sara Saljoughi, International Journal of Middle East Studies

“Hamid Naficy is…the doyen of historians as well as critics of Iranian cinema. [This] colossal critical narrative…is a must read for virtually all concerned with modern Iranian history, and not just cinema and the arts.” —Homa Katouzian

A Social History of Iranian Cinema is an extraordinary achievement, a scholarly, detailed work in which a massive amount of material is handled with the lightest touch.” —Laura Mulvey, author of Death 24× a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image

A Social History of Iranian Cinema is essential reading not only for the cinephile interested in Iran’s unique and rich cinematic history but also for anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the cataclysmic events and metamorphoses that have shaped Iran...” —Shirin Neshat

“This magisterial four-volume study of Iranian cinema will be the defining work on the topic for a long time to come.” —Annabelle Sreberny

This event is co-sponsored by the Middle East and North African Studies Program, the Department of Radio/Television/Film, and the Block Museum of Art, and 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.

Free of charge and open to the public!

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