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ARUSI Persian Wedding

02/21/2009 – 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Set against the turbulent relationship between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian-American filmmaker Marjan Tehrani captures the struggle and excitement of Alex and Heather as they plan a Persian Islamic wedding in Iran. But when Alex’s Iranian-born parents and Heather’s conservative American father meet for the first time, cultures clash and test the couple to their limits.

Following the screening, panelists will discuss the perceptions of the U.S.A. by Iranians and American perceptions of Iran and how to correct our misconceptions of each other.

February 21 2009 | 2:00 PM

Chicago Community Cinema Screening & Panel Discussion
Chicago Cultural Center | Claudia Cassidy Theatre
78 E. Washington St. Chicag, IL


– Mehrnaz Saeed-Vafa, Professor, Columbia College Department of Film & Video, Chicago, IL
– Norma Moruzzi , Associate Professor, Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
– Aria Maezzen: Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Moderator: Shermin Kruse, attorney with the law firm of Barack Ferrazzano, and co-founder and vice-president of Pasfarda Arts and Cultural Exchange.

WHEN: Saturday, February 21, 2008, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
WHERE: Chicago Cultural Center | 78 E. Washington St., Chicago
In the Claudia Cassidy Theatre

RSVP: or 773-677-9600
Media also encouraged to attend.

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The event is sponsored by Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, ITVS and WTTW Channel 11.

ITVS COMMUNITY CINEMA is the monthly screening series featuring upcoming selections from the Independent Lens season. Presented in partnership with local public television stations and leading community organizations, ITVS Community Cinema holds preview screenings in select markets across the country making a real contribution on a range of current social issues by connecting communities with organizations, information, and the opportunity to get involved.


ITVS is a leading funder and presenter of award-winning documentaries and dramas on public television, innovative new media projects on the Web, and the Emmy Award-winning weekly series Independent Lens on Tuesday nights at 10 PM on PBS. Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Interview with Pasfarda: READ THE ITVS BLOG ON THE EVENT:


2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL United States
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