“The Short Films of Kamran Shirdel” (directed by Kamran Shirdel, 1965-1974, Iran, 85 minutes)
Shirdel is one of Iran’s best-known documentarians whose films offer rare glimpses of his country and the struggles of his countrymen and women. Shirdel studied filmmaking in Rome in the 1960s and was influenced by Italian neorealism. Often covering taboo subjects, including the plight of the poor in an otherwise oil-rich nation, his films were banned by the Shah’s government and were impossible to see for many years. This program brings together a selection of some of his finest works. Collectively known as “The Four Blacks,” these films, including “The Night it Rained,” “Women's Quarter,” “Women's Prison” and “Tehran Is the Capital of Iran,” illustrate the dark side of Iran and the struggles of its underprivileged citizens. The screening will be introduced by Hamid Naficy, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, professor in Communication.