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NOOR Film Festival
The Ancient Persia – Modern Iran Program Series presents
Selected Highlights from the 5th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 2, 3 & 4, 2012
At the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Daytona Beach
The Co-Founder and Director of the Noor Iranian Film Festival, Mr. Siamak Ghahremani, will host and present all the festival titles and will lead film discussions after each screening, as well as discuss the history and mission of the Noor Film Festival.

This event is open to the public. Movie admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person for all Noor screenings. Films will be presented in the Madorsky Theater of the Southeast Museum of Photography. Strictly limited theater seating. No reservations. (Sorry, no popcorn!)

The Southeast Museum of Photography is located on the campus of Daytona State College at 1200 West International Speedway Blvd., three miles east of I-95. The museum is located in the Mori Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200). Visitor parking is available.

The Ancient Persia – Modern Iran Program Series is a joint presentation of the Iranian American Society, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Department of Cultural Arts at Daytona State College.

Presented in cooperation with Cinematique Theater of Daytona.

Click HERE for program flyer.

Friday, November 2, 6:00 pm

OPENING RECEPTION with The Co-Founder and Director of the Noor Iranian Film Festival
Mr. Siamak Ghahremani

Friday, November 2, 7:00 pm

Iran I Remember The Iran I Remember – (Documentary)
Dir: Morteza Rezvani (USA, 2012) 50 min.
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

Iran is an enigma in the West, where it is talked about but rarely understood. When I went there to attend a family wedding I took my camera ready to explore, learn, and document our journey. THE IRAN I REMEMBER is the echo of this journey to a homeland that I left so many years ago. It is the search for my own past intertwined with the history, culture, and literature of Iran.

City Pizza My City Pizza – (Documentary)
Dir: Ala Mohseni (Iran, 2008) 26 min.
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

While a wide range of delicious and well-known traditional foods are available, yet Pizza is very popular in Tehran. This light-hearted, amusing, fast-paced document about eating habits in modern Tehran offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Iranian society. We see young people, old people, progressive and conservative Iranians who all divulge their identity via their standpoints with respect to the advancing Italian fast food; Pizza, in the capital.

Tamam Gol Tamam Gol – (Documentary)
Dir: Payam Zinalabedini (Iran, 2012) 30 min.
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 pm

Tamam Gol has lived for more than seven decades. She's an old woman living in a western village of Iran. The villagers believe that only a son can keep the name of his family alive. A man who has no son is regarded sterile. The father asks Tamam Gol to wear boys' clothing from her childhood, accompany him in the fields and help him in farming. Tamam Gol does so and takes care of her parents and her three sisters like the man of the house. Now, her parents have died, her sisters are married and long gone. After 70 years of wearing men's clothing, Tamam Gol reflects on life and the desire of getting married and having her own family.

Saturday, November 3, 1:00 pm

84 Wives Nasseredin Shah and His 84 Wives – (Documentary)
Dir: Beate Petersen (Norway, 2011) 58 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm

Women with moustaches, a self-indulgent king, an imperialistic England, and not at least, a beautiful calico cat, are the main actors in this documentary depicting the power struggles and intrigues in the Persian harem in the second half of the 19th century.

This documentary is an investigation into how things became as they are in Iran, but from a perspective that is all too often overlooked, namely, the influential role played by women in the political processes.

4 Minutes 4 Minutes (Short)
Dir: Stephen Cyrus Sepher (USA, 2011) 16 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm

Four Private Security Military Contractors are hired by the US Department of Defense to pick up and transport Dr. Aziz Malick near the region of Kandahar, Afghanistan to an undisclosed secret location. Their mission comes to a sudden halt as the crew intercepts a suicide bomber in their passage through the isolated mountainous terrains. Faced with life and death the men find themselves hunted by an enemy that knows their every move.


Girl Walks Home Alone A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – (Short)
Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour (USA, 2011) 8 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm

A girl walks home alone at night and a strange man starts to follow her...obviously something bad is going to happen. WORLD PREMIERE

Hairy Pashmaloo (Hairy) – (Short)
Dir: Ana Lily Amirpour (USA, 2011) 16 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 1:00 pm

Farah and Nilou are opposites; Farah is from the US and Nilou was born and raised in Iran, and when they climb a remote hillside on the outskirts of Tehran to hang out and listen to music, their differences come to a head when Farah tries to explains why girls shouldn't be 'hairy'.

Saturday, November 3, 3:00 pm

Voiceless Voiceless – (Documentary)
Dir: Antonis Tolakis (Greece, 2011) 42 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm

Arian is a thirty year old Iranian immigrant, residing for the past two years in Athens, Greece. He is neither an economic migrant nor a refugee. He's left his country with practically nothing, just a visa and a dream: studying theatre to become an actor. But how can anyone make his dream come true, living in the midst of a foreign land?

Keys to my Home Keys to My Home – (Documentary)
Dir: Luna Shad (USA) 36 min.
Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 pm

Since June 2009, at least 150 Iranian journalists have fled Iran, where persecution, unfair trials, forced confessions, torture, and long prison sentences have made the Islamic Republic of Iran the worst jailer of journalists worldwide, according to Reporters Without Borders. Today, more than half of the Iranian journalists living in exile are under the age of 35, according to Committee to Protect Journalists, most of whom crossed over the Turkish or Iraqi borders, facing difficult paths to relocation. Dozens have permanently resettled in Western countries, most having been granted political asylum. "Keys to My Home" is Luna Shad's first documentary about the lives of Iranian journalists in Turkey, on their way to relocation in other countries.

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 pm

Very Close Encounter A Very Close Encounter – (Feature)
Dir: Esmaeel Mihandoust (Iran, 2009) 105 min.
Sunday, November 4 at 1:00 pm

A car accident creates a suspicion for the investigator to find out the cause and the events that led to the accident...while discovering deep emotional and personal relationships among the characters. It is about a friendship that goes sour as the story widens through the detective findings.

Sunday, November 4, 3:00 pm

Be Like Others Be Like Others – (Documentary)
Dir: Tanaz Eshaghian (USA, 2009) 79 min.
Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm

In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country with strict social mores and traditional values, sex-change operations are legal. Over twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (religious edict) making sex change permissible for "diagnosed transsexuals."

Yet homosexuality is still punishable by death. Highly feminine and attracted to members of the same sex, yet forced to live in secret for fear of retribution, a generation of young Iranian men are adopting an identity legally allowed to them as transsexual.


The Noor Iranian Film Festival ( was founded in 2005 by Siamak Ghahremani and is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. The festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood and was the first Iranian film festival to occur outside of Iran.

The 5th annual Noor Iranian Film Festival was held in Los Angeles in August 2012. 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.


The Southeast Museum of Photography is a service of Daytona State College
1200 W. International Speedway Blvd. (Building 1200) Daytona Beach, FL, 32114, (386) 506-4475
Free Admission & Parking

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