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Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre presents Iranian Cinema - Award-winning movies present look at Iranian culture, politics

Monday, February 25, 2013

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts’ (DIA) Detroit Film Theatre (DFT) hosts a series of award-winning movies that illuminates the culture and politics of modern-day Iran. Included is A Separation, which won the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012. The movies are presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Shirin Neshat, which opens April 7.

Tickets are $5 for nonmembers and free for DIA members. They can be purchased by phone at 313-833-4005, online at or at the DIA Box Office.

Thursday, March 7, 7 p.m.

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novels about her family life as a rebellious young woman in and out of Iran, both before and after Khomeini’s rule, have been adapted into a magical, daringly honest animated movie. The visual style perfectly matches the irrepressible spirit of Marjane, who as a teenager rebels at the restrictions of living in a theocracy while also wrestling with adolescence, American pop culture and first love, ultimately embarking on a search for her true place in the world. In French with English subtitles.

Thursday, March 14, 7 p.m.
Secret Ballot
A soldier is unhappy to discover that he’s obliged to obey the orders of a young female election agent charged with collecting 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 begin to form a bond of respect. Only when the election is over does the soldier uncover the most surprising fact of all. In Persian with English subtitles.

Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.
A Separation
A Separation is a family drama that morphs into a gripping legal thriller. Married couple Simin and Nader obtains coveted visas to leave Iran for a life in the United States, where Simin hopes to provide a more promising future for their 11-year-old daughter. But Nader isn’t comfortable abandoning his sick father. To help him care for the old man, Nader hires a deeply religious woman who takes the job unbeknownst to her husband; almost immediately there are complications, culminating in an incident that challenges perceptions of who (if anyone) is to blame, what really happened, and what the legal and moral implications may be. Academy Award® Best Foreign Language Film. In Persian with English subtitles.

Friday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Women Without Men
Set in Iran in 1953 during the period of political turmoil that resulted in the overthrow of Iran’s Mossadegh government and the establishment of the shah’s dictatorship, Shirin Neshat’s Women Without Men interweaves the stories of four loosely connected Iranian women and their relationships with the men in their lives. Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, Neshat brings an extraordinary sense of design, emotional control and political insight to her storytelling, resulting in a rich, haunting and powerful sense of time and place.

Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m.
This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges of fraudulently impersonating the well-known Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and the nature of existence, in which the real people from the case portray themselves on screen. In Persian with English subtitles.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6–17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

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Contact:     Pamela Marcil        313-833-7899