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Iran: Women and the 2009 Election

Boston premiere of new documentaries by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Rakhshan Bani Etemad
November 13, 2009

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall,
Harvard University
5:30-7:30 pm 

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University cordially invite you to the Boston premiere of two new documentaries by the celebrated Iranian director Rakhshan Bani Etemad. She is one of Iran's well-known and popular directors whose works often focus the condition of women in Iran.

Screening followed by Q&A with Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, former MP and visiting scholar at UMASS-Boston

We are Half of Iran's Population
(Iran 2009, video, 47 min.)
Filmed during the 2009 presidential campaigns in Iran, this documentary follows the Women Rights Activists of Iran, whose views range from religious to secular, as they pose questions to the presidential candidates. It also includes the reactions of three of the presidential candidates after watching the film. This film provides an extraordinarily intimate glimpse into the current situation in Iran.

Angels in the House of the Sun
(Iran 2009, video, 53 min. )
A documentary about a women's shelter in one of Tehran's poorest neighborhoods, where women gather a few hours a day for respite from daily abuse and problems of poverty and drugs.
This event is free and open to the public.