The International Documenary Association presents the Docuweeks festival during August 2009.
Director/Writer: Kristian Fraga
Producer: Kristian Fraga, Marc Perez
Executive Producers: Benjamin Charbit, John L. Sikes
U.S.A | 93 min.
Armed with the world's most lethal ordnance and his home video camera, First Lieutenant Michael T. Scotti takes us on an epic first-person journey with the Marine Corps as they fight their way 300 miles from Kuwait to Baghdad. No Reporters...No Politics...No Censors...This is what he saw.
LACMA and the Farhang Foundation present internationally renowned artist Shirin Neshat at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater at 8:00 pm. The program includes a screening of work-in-progress segments of her film “Women without Men,” followed by a discussion between Shirin Neshat and Nasrin Rahimieh, Professor of Comparative Literature and Film, University of California, Irvine.
With elections in Iran on June 12, all eyes are on the results. Will a shift open further dialogue with the Obama Admistration, or will the Islamic leadership prevail in positioning the West as largely undesirable interlocutors?
Two Iranian intellectuals at UCLA will try to make sense of the arguments.
By Susanna Whitmore
I’m a bit of a glutton for Middle Eastern culture, especially when it comes to the visual and performing arts. It was therefore a no brainer to spend the entire weekend at the 3rd annual Noor Film Festival (May 1-3, 2009), a showcase for Iranian filmmakers. Out of the 15 films I saw (a total of 18 entries were selected out of 172 submissions), there were at least 4-5 truly outstanding feature/ documentary films, a handful that I felt tanked, and the rest falling somewhere in between.
[Los Angeles, April 29, 2009] Since 2001, Levantine Cultural Center (LCC) has been the place in Los Angeles to find public programs on Israelis and Palestinians, Iraq, Iran and North Africa; it has been a rallying point for the Arab/Muslim world to see itself reflected accurately and for the most part, positively, through world-class literary, visual and performing arts programs. Using cultural diplomacy that emphasizes the importance of interfaith relationships, the center presents programs and education to a broad range of constituents in Southern California—to Americans of all cultural backgrounds.
How much do Americans really know about Iraq and W.’s military adventures there?
While scores of books appeared subsequent to the invasion and occupation that began in March 2003, few Hollywood films and documentaries delved below the surface ("In the Valley of Elah," for example, dealt more with Iraq vets here at home than "over there"). Moreover, since the Occupation, fewer than 250 Iraqi nationals have been allowed to emigrate to the United States with refugee status (while over half a million crowd into Amman, Jordan). And for years, American media was banned from broadcasting or publishing images of body bags or coffins. Somehow, Iraq became remote, filtering through to us in a haze of figures and statistics.