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The Ancient Persia - Modern Iran Program presents
Selected Highlights from the 5th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 2, 3 & 4, 2012


The Co-Founder and Director of the Noor Iranian Film Festival, Mr. Siamak Ghahremani, will host and present all the festival titles and will lead film discussions after each screening, as well as discuss the history and mission of the Noor Film Festival. 


Friday, November 2, 6:00 pm
with The Co-Founder and Director of the Noor Iranian Film Festival
Mr. Siamak Ghahremani


 The Ancient Persia - Modern Iran Program Series is a joint presentation of the Iranian American Society, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Department of Cultural Arts at Daytona State College.
Presented in cooperation with Cinematique Theater of Daytona.

 The Noor Film Festival is free and open to the public.

Film Program: Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm
2012 NOOR Iranian Film FestivalThe Iran I Remember - (Documentary)
Dir: Morteza Rezvani (USA, 2012) 50 min.
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm 


Iran is an enigma in the West, where it is talked about but rarely understood. When I went there to attend a family wedding I took my camera ready to explore, learn, and document our journey. THE IRAN I REMEMBER is the echo of this journey to a homeland that I left so many years ago. It is the search for my own past intertwined with the history, culture, and literature of Iran.


Two documentaries: My City Pizza & Tamam Gol will also be screened.

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Film Program: Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm

2012 NOOR Iranian Film Festival

Nasseredin Shah and His 84 Wives - (Documentary)

Dir: Beate Petersen (Norway, 2011) 58 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm


Women with moustaches, a self-indulgent king, an imperialistic England, and not at least, a beautiful calico cat, are the main actors in this documentary depicting the power struggles and intrigues in the Persian harem in the second half of the 19th century.



This documentary is an investigation into how things became as they are in Iran, but from a perspective that is all too often overlooked, namely, the influential role played by women in the political processes.


Three shorts: 4 Minutes, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and Pashmaloo will also be screened.


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Film Program: Saturday, November 3, 3:00 pm

2012 NOOR Iranian Film Festival

Keys to My Home - (Documentary)

Dir: Luna Shad (USA) 36 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm


Since June 2009, at least 150 Iranian journalists have fled Iran, where persecution, unfair trials, forced confessions, torture, and long prison sentences have made the Islamic Republic of Iran the worst jailer of journalists worldwide, according to Reporters Without Borders. Today, more than half of the Iranian journalists living in exile are under the age of 35, according to Committee to Protect Journalists, most of whom crossed over the Turkish or Iraqi borders, facing difficult paths to relocation. Dozens have permanently resettled in Western countries, most having been granted political asylum. "Keys to My Home" is Luna Shad's first documentary about the lives of Iranian journalists in Turkey, on their way to relocation in other countries.  U.S. PREMIERE
The documentary: Voiceless will also be screened.
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Film Program: Sunday, November 4, 1:00 pm

2012 NOOR Iranian Film FestivalA Very Close Encounter - (Feature)

Dir: Esmaeel Mihandoust (Iran, 2009) 105 min.
Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 pm



A car accident creates a suspicion for the investigator to find out the cause and the events that led to the accident...while discovering deep emotional and personal relationships among the characters. It is about a friendship that goes sour as the story widens through the detective findings.
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Film Program: Sunday, November 4, 3:00 pm

2012 NOOR Iranian Film Festival

Be Like Others - (Documentary) 

Dir: Tanaz Eshaghian (USA, 2009) 79 min.

Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm


In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country with strict social mores and traditional values, sex-change operations are legal. Over twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (religious edict) making sex change permissible for "diagnosed transsexuals." Yet homosexuality is still punishable by death. Highly feminine and attracted to members of the same sex, yet forced to live in secret for fear of retribution, a generation of young Iranian men are adopting an identity legally allowed to them as transsexual.


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About the Festival

The Noor Iranian Film Festival ( was founded in 2005 by Siamak Ghahremani and is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. The festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood and was the first Iranian film festival to occur outside of Iran.


The 5th annual Noor Iranian Film Festival was held in Los Angeles in August 2012. Aptly named "Noor," meaning "light" in Persian, the Noor Film Festival makes reference to the key element of "light" used in the art of filmmaking as well as the festival's purpose to "shed light" on Iranian culture and heritage.

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