Detroit Film Theatre

Iranian Cinema: SECRET BALLOT

Thursday, March 14, 2013

 Detroit Film Theatre

(Iran/2001—directed by Nassim Payami)

A soldier (Cyrus Abdi) is unhappy to discover that he’s obliged to obey the orders of a young female election agent (Nassim Abdi), charged with collecting the votes in a remote region, by accompanying her on her rounds with jeep and rifle. Not happy with taking orders from a woman, the young man is deeply stressed by the events of the day, and yet, as they get to know each other, they grudgingly – and sometimes humorously – begin to form a bond of respect. Only when the election is over does the soldier uncover the most surprising fact of all. Secret Ballot is the recipient of several special awards, including prizes at the London, São Paulo and Venice Film Festivals. In Persian with English subtitles. (100 min.)

“An intelligent and acute filmmaker… Is this a satire of Iranian democracy or does it question the idea of democracy itself?” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Admission to this show is free to DIA members

Thursday, March 14 at 7:00 PM

Presented in conjunction with the DIA special exhibition Shirin Neshat, opening April 7th, 2013. This exhibition is organized by the Detroit Institute of Arts. Generous support has been provided by the MetLife Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Additional support has been provided by the City of Detroit.