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Stanford Summer Human Rights Film Series – Camera as Witness: Individual to Universal – Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution

July 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2016, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.

The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). For more information on the Continuing Studies companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategies, Struggles, and the Quest for Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please visit the POL 180 course page.

Camera As Witness: Individual to Universal

This program will be moderated by Jasmina Bojic, Camera As Witness program director and founder of the international documentary film festival, UNAFF.

Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution
Today Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the word. Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution traces the development of this film industry, which has always been closely intertwined with the country’s tumultuous political history. It shows how mainstream commercial cinema served as a propaganda tool, recounts the sporadic efforts of some filmmakers to reveal grimmer social realties, and the struggles against censorship and traditional cinematic formulas by such pioneers as Bahram Beyzai, Sohrab Shahid Saless and Parviz Kimiavi and pre- and post-Islamic revolutionary “new wave” filmmakers such as Amir Naderi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Dariush Mehrjui, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Jafar Panahi, Bahman Ghobadi, and Abbas Kiarostami.Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution reveals the changing social functions of Iranian cinema and explains how today its leading filmmakers have become Iran’s new ambassadors to the world.

Director: Nader Takmil Homayoun
Thursday, July 14, 7:00 pm
FREE; no registration is required


July 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Geology Corner, Main Quad (Room 105)
450 Serra Mall, Building 320
Stanford, CA 94305
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