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Join us for the 6th annual NOOR Iranian Film Festival!

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.
NOOR Festival film screenings will be presented in different schedules and times at the Southeast Museum of Photography’s Madorsky Theater and also at the Cinematique of Daytona. The Co-Founder and Director of the NOOR Iranian Film Festival, Mr. Siamak Ghahremani, will host and present the festival titles and will lead film discussions after screenings.

The Southeast Museum of Photography’s Madorsky Theater, Daytona campus of Daytona State College. Hosseini Center (Building 1200). Sorry, no popcorn!

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An Evening with Navid Negahban
Opening Reception and Festival Preview Event

Iranian-American TV and movie actor, (Homeland, The Stoning of Soraya M) Navid Negahban will be the special guest to kick off the Noor Iranian Film Festival in Daytona Beach.
Opening Reception and Dinner: Friday, February 14th, 6:00pm
Film Screening at 8:00pm:
Chicken with Plums (see film details below)

Event Tickets:
$35.00 per person

Event tickets include reception dinner and film screening admission.
Event located at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114.

For Opening Reception/Dinner event tickets and inquiries, please contact the Iranian American Society at or phone 386.682.1223

Film Festival Admission: $5 suggested donation
(sorry, no reserve theater seating)

Navid   NOOR Film Festival Special Guest

Navid Negahban was born and raised in Mashhad, Iran. His passion for acting led him to Germany, where he spent eight years honing his theatrical skills prior to arriving in the US. Navid has been building a strong resume ever since, playing a broad range of intriguing characters for film, theatre, and television.

Best known for his recent leading role as Abu Nazir, an al-Quaeda overlord on the award-winning TV drama Homeland, Negahban also had a powerful role in the stunning dramatic feature The Stoning of Soraya M., as well as significant roles in Brothers, Powder Blue, and Charlie Wilson's War. His other TV roles include a recurring role on the eighth and final season of 24, and appearances on Lost, CSI: Miami, Law & Order, Covert Affairs, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Mentalist, Arrow, The Game, CSI: NY, Shark, The West Wing, The Agency, Criminal Minds, Sleeper Cell, The Shield, The Closer, Alias, Without a Trace, The Invisible Man, Dragnet, JAG, The Unit, and Threat Matrix.

chicken with plums   NOOR Film Festival Opening Reception Film Screening

Chicken with Plums (Poulet aux prunes)

Directed by: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
Feature film (France, Germany, Belgium) 2011, 93 min.

Friday, February 14, 8:00pm

Since his beloved violin was broken, Nasser Ali Khan, one of the most renowned musicians of his day, has lost all taste for life. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed to await death.

stolen revolution   My Stolen Revolution
Directed by: Nahid Persson Sarvestani
Documentary (Sweden) 2013, 58 min.

Monday, February 17, 4:00pm
(double feature)

After recent protests in Iran awaken Filmmaker Nahid Persson Sarvestani's memories to a time when, as a young activist, she fled after the 1979 revolution, she begins a quest to find her surviving friends. Haunted by the guilt of abandoning her imprisoned friends and her brother, Rostam, who was later executed, she finally finds them and learns about their horrific torture and about Rostam's final days.

plastic flowers   Plastic Flowers Never Die
Directed by: Roxanne Varzi
Documentary (U.S./Iran) 2008, 33 min.

Monday, February 17, 4:00pm (double feature)

Anthropologist, writer and filmmaker Roxanne Varzi spent twelve years researching and writing about post-Revolution public culture in Iran. As an Iranian-American who was born in Iran and left shortly after the Revolution, she found that even though she had missed the war with Iraq, it was omnipresent. She spent a year in Iran without a film permit speaking to ideologically driven mural painters, museum curators, war vets and other cultural producers, alongside the secular youth, who were meant to consume the culture created by the government. The result is an experimental documentary and meditation on the aftermath of the war, and especially the mourning after.

Magadan   A Survivor from Magadan
Directed by: Aref Mohammadi
Documentary (Iran) 2012, 60 min.

Monday, February 17, 6:00pm (double feature)

In 1947, at the age of 20, Ata Safavi who was a leftist activist in Iran was threatened by (Mohammad Reza) Shah's agents with exile to a remote town in south of Iran. Thus, he decided to escape to the Soviet Union, envisioned by many Iranians as the Communist's Paradise. For his attempted illegal entry into the Soviet Union, he was immediately captured and sentenced to two years in prison, where he was obliged to work in a brick-works factory. Later K.G.B. agents took him for additional investigations and convicted him for espionage for imperialism to spend twenty five years in a prison in Magadan, a town located in northeastern Russia and a part of Siberia. While most of his three thousands fellow prisoners died or committed suicide, Ata decided to fight for his right to live. This is the story of his best years spent in the most inhuman circumstances...

Targeting Iran   Targeting Iran
Directed by: Andy Norris
Documentary (USA) 2013, 68 min.

Monday, February 17, 6:00pm
(double feature)

Targeting Iran is designed to help Western audiences understand the complexities of historic and contemporary U.S./Iranian relations in an effort to derail potential military action. Based on the book by David Barsamian, Noam Chomsky, Ervand Abrahamian and Nahid Mozaffari. Interviewees include Barsamian, Chomsky, Mozaffari, Trita Parsi, Nazila Fathi, Stephem Kinzer and Vandana Shiva. Stunning visual footage of contemporary Iran provided by travel writer/television host Rick Steves.

Muslims are Coming   The Muslims are Coming!
Directed by: Negin Farsad & Dean Obeidallah
Documentary (USA) 2013, 80 min.

Tuesday, February 18, 4:00pm

This documentary follows a band of Muslim-­American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These Muzzies not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth."

Throughout the film, comedy icons like Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi and broadcast heavy weights like Rachel Maddow, Soledad O'Brien, Ali Velshi and The Young Turk's Cenk Uygur comment on the power of comedy and the political scope of bigotry. Rest assured, you've never laughed this hard at a Muslim!

Silk   Highlights of the Noor Festival Short Films
A selection of film shorts and animations from the festival.

Tuesday, February 18, 6:00pm

Dimensions by Neysan Sobhani, short, 5 min.
Fade by Parish Rahbar, short, 13 min.
Pepe & Lucas by Mo Davoudian, Animation, 9 min.
Shadow of Love by Ameneh Moghaddam, short, 13 min.
When We Pass by Each Other by Elika Rezaee, short, 17 min.
Silk by Catherine Dent, short, 17 min.

Snow on Pines   Snow on Pines (Barf roo-ye kajha)
Directed by: Payman Maadi
Feature film (Iran) 2012, 92 min. (Farsi-no subtitles)

Tuesday, February 18, 7:45pm

Roya, a piano teacher (Mahnaz Afshar), realizes that her marriage to Ali is in a deadlock when she discovers some of her husband's secrets. In the meantime, she meets a young musician (played by indie actor Saber Abar) and has to make a painful choice. This directorial debut from writer and actor Payman Maadi (A Separation), evocatively filmed in black and white, scored best actress award for Mahnaz Afshar and best film and best script awards for Maadi at the 2013 Iranian Film Critics Guild Awards. From writer/director Payman Maadi. Cast Saber Abbar, Mahnaz Afshar, Vishka Asayesh, Hossein Pakdel, Bahare Riyahi.



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1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
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