Meydan: Screening of the Iranian Film Taste of Cherry Past

Friday, Oct 28, 2016 ,
7:00 PM
- Denver, CO, United States

Free Event

Please join the University of Denver Center for Middle East Studies for a screening of the Iranian film Taste of Cherry, which won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize (the Palme d'Or) in 1997, directed by the late Abbas Kiarostami, widely regarded as Iran's greatest filmmaker and a master of world cinema. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Middle East scholar Joel Gordon.

This FREE screening will be followed by an informal discussion/audience Q & A led by Joel Gordon, Professor of Modern Middle East History and Popular Culture at the University of Arkansas and a Research Affiliate of the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. He teaches and writes about political change, intersections of popular and public culture, historical memory and nostalgia, and religious and secular crosscurrents, with emphasis on cimena, music, and mass media.

Meydan: Middle East Film Series at DU is an invitation to engage with the Middle East on the level of culture and everyday life through the region's extraordinary cinema. Every other Friday night, we present a fascinating film from the Middle East followed by an informal discussion with a scholar of the region — all free of charge and open to the general public, and held in the beautiful Reiman Theatre in Margery Reed Hall (located on the southwest corner of University and Evans).

In Arabic (میدان), Turkish (meydan), and Persian (میدان) alike, 'meydan' means square, field, plaza, open space, or public gathering place. The term has deep symbolic significance in the cultural and political geography of the region, embodied in such vital and contested spaces as Cairo's Meydan al-Tahrir (Tahrir Square), Istanbul's Taksim Meydanı (Taksim Square), and Tehran's Meydan-e Azadi (Azadi Square).

About the film:
A middle-aged Tehranian man, Mr. Badii is intent on killing himself and seeks someone to bury him after his demise. Driving around the city, the seemingly well-to-do Badii meets with numerous people, including a Muslim student, asking them to take on the job, but initially he has little luck. Eventually, Badii finds a man who is up for the task because he needs the money, but his new associate soon tries to talk him out of committing suicide.

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