Past Sessions

Past Sessions of The Middle East Film Initiative

Middle East Film Initiative

THE COLOR OF PARADISE by Majid Majidi (1999, Persian, 90 min)

August 18, 2013

The Chess Forum


L'Anniversaire de Leila - Middle East Film Initiative

LEILA’S BIRTHDAY by Rashid Masharawi (2008, Arabic, 71 min)

August 27, 2013

The Chess Forum


The Color of Pomegranates - Middle East Film Initiative

THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES by Sergei Parajanov (1968, Armenian, 88 min)

September 9, 2013

The Chess Forum


Yumurta - Middle East Film Initiative

YUMURTA (Egg) by Semih Kaplanoglu (2007, Turkish, 97 min)

November 4, 2013

Turkish Cultural Center Queens


Half Moon - Middle East Film Initiative

HALF MOON (Nîwe Mang) by Bahman Ghobadi (2006, Kurdish, 107 min)

November 25, 2013

Turkish Cultural Center Queens


Little Zizou - Middle East Film Initiative

LITTLE ZIZOU by Sooni Taraporevala (2008; English, Gujarati, Hindi; 101 min)

We continued our exploration of Middle Eastern populations in their homeland and in the diaspora with a session featuring the Parsi community of India. Parsis are the descendants of Persian Zoroastrians, who immigrated to India around the 8th century.

June 23, 2014

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

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FROM BAGHDAD TO BOLLYWOOD

Following a session devoted to Parsi film and theatre, we continued our look at the role the Middle Eastern diaspora played in the making of the Indian film industry with an exploration of the contribution Indian Jews made to Indian cinema. Indian Jews form several culturally distinct communities and have been immigrating to India over a period of likely more than two millennia.

Pictured above are three renowned Baghdadi Jewish actresses of the Indian cinema: Sulochana, Pramila and Nadira. The film documentation we watched was a surprise!

July 21, 2014

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

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Double Lives Cast - Middle East Film Initiative

DOUBLE LIVES

Reading of Screenplays by Shirin Kamal and Iraj Anvar

In July, the Middle East Film Initiative (formerly Middle Eastern Film Club) in partnership with the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE) solicited screenplays, TV and web series pilots. Selected scripts were read at this session. The readings featured students and alumni of the NYU Tisch Department of Drama.

RAINBOW STREET
A TV Series Pilot by Shirin Kamal
A dramedy about four friends in their twenties in Amman, Jordan, who are torn between their own truths and the more conservative aspects of their day-to-day realities.

Directed and Cast by Ruth Priscilla Kirstein
Music: ana wein arouh? by Shirin Kamal

Ali Andre Ali – Muhannad, Cop, Band Member
Salah Anwar – Ameen, Band Member
Lida Darmian – Mothers
Rebecca Goldstein – Hanin
Mostafa Hashish – Editor, Recordist, Uncle, Guy
Sohailla Mahjour – Hadeel, Cleaning Lady, Woman and Man on Phone
Thalia Romina – Stage Directions
Danielle B. Smotrich – Dina

THE STORY OF BARSISA THE HERMIT
A Screenplay by Iraj Anvar
Set in a barren landscape somewhere in the ancient Middle East, this story adapted from Persian literature may be the original tale of Faust.

Directed by Iraj Anvar
Cast by Iraj Anvar and Ruth Priscilla Kirstein

Iraj Anvar – Barsisa
Raquel Woodruff – Stage Directions
Ralph Martin – Narrator
Nicolas Alvo – White Devil, Brother
Andrew Dahreddine – Satan, Brother, King

August 18, 2014

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University

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Supported by

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A special thank you to Le Pain Quotidien on 8th Street & Fifth Avenue.


CHARMED BY CHARITY SOIREE

As we continue our mission to diversify the face and substance of U.S. film, TV, and new media, we are excited that The Middle East Film Initiative is now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. To celebrate, our friends at Alex and Ani hosted a Charmed by Charity event for The Middle East Film Initiative at their SoHo location.

May 12, 2017

 

 

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