Library & MSA present film - A Separation Tues Oct 8 at 5 in 114

Date:  Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time: 5:00 pm

Location: Belk Library -- Room 114

Admission: Free, open to the public

Students, faculty and community members are invited to attend the Academy Award winning film, A Separation.  There will be a showing of the film on Tuesday, Oct 8 at 5:00 pm in the library, Rm 114.  Discussion after the film will be led by Anousha Shahsavari, an artist and language teacher from Iran.  Faculty who teach courses that would benefit from a better understanding of families and society in Iran are encouraged to ask their students to attend.

The event is presented by ASU Library in conjunction with the Muslim Students Association as the first event of the Muslim Journeys “Let’s Talk About It” Program series of book and film discussions. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association.  This series follows upon the Muslim Journeys Bridging Cultures Program begun in Spring 2013

ABOUT THE FILM: A Separation is a 2011 Iranian film written and directed by Asghar Farhadi. The film focuses on a recently separated Iranian couple and their daughter and the cascading social and legal conflicts that unfold after the husband fires a lower-class care giver of his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. This powerful drama explores conflict that cuts across gender and class at the heart of Iranian society.   Rotten Tomatoes rates the film a 9 out of 10, describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.” Roger Ebert described the film as providing “a useful portrait of Iran today” and showing “a more nuanced nation” than is often depicted in cinema generally seen by Americans. “The writer-director’s only agenda seems to be to express empathy.”

AWARDS: A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award.  It also received the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. It also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 9 out of 10 rating describing it as “morally complex, suspenseful, and consistently involving.”

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For more information contact: Allan Scherlen, Belk Library - scherlnag@appstate.edu

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