The Boston Festival of Films from Iran

Friday, Jan 17, 2020 at 5:00pm

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Schedule of Events:

5:00 pm–7:25 pm When the Moon Was Full

Directed by Narges Abyar (Iran, 2019, 137 min.). In Farsi and Baluchi with English subtitles.

Based on true events, When the Moon Was Full follows Hamid, a young man living on the border of Iran and Pakistan with his young bride, Faezeh. Hamid’s brother, Majid, trained by Al-Qaeda forces in Pakistan, strongly opposes the marriage. Disregarding his brother’s opposition, Hamid lives a happy life with Faezeh and the couple’s newborn child. But, their hope of a joyful future is torn apart when Majid, now the leader of the Jundallah terrorist group, returns, forcing Hamid to choose between religious extremism and the love of his new family.

8:00 pm–9:30 pm Filmfarsi

Directed by Ehsan Khoshbakt (Iran/UK, 2019, 84 min.). In Farsi with English subtitles.

A personal journey through the history of Iranian pre-revolutionary popular cinema banned after 1979, this documentary reveals a picture of Iran rarely seen or acknowledged. Director Ehsan Khoshbakt put nearly 100 films together—some sourced from the filmmaker’s own VHS tapes, many believed to have been lost or destroyed—revealing a society in rapid change. Filmfarsi uncovers a cinema of titillation, action, and big emotions, while also presenting a troubled mirror for the country, as Iran struggled to reconcile its religious traditions with the turbulence of modernity and the influences of the West. Filmfarsi is an eye-opening introduction to the world of Iranian musicals, gangster films, and more from of the most vibrant film industries of the Middle East.

Location: Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)

Member: $10.00
Nonmember: $13.00

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