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“Culture of Politics & Politics of Culture”

03/13/2008 – 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Noruz Celebration, panel discussion, and movie screening

Cervantes Instituto
March 13 2008 | 7-9 PM


“Culture of Politics & Politics of Culture”
Panel discussion in celebration of Noruz

The panel includes:
> NORMA MORUZZI — Associate Professor of Science and Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Illinois Chicago
> AHMAD SADRI — Professor of Sociology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College
> JEROME MCDONNELL — Host of Chicago Public Radio program ‘Worldview’ (Moderator)
The evening will include live musical performance of Classical Persian Music and a display of HAFTSEEN, the Persian New Year Display symbolizing the renewal of nature.

Instituto Cervantes | 31 W. Ohio St., Chicago
by train: Grand Stop on the Redline
by car: $6 building parking with validation from the institute

President Mir Qanbar Re’ees Jomhoor Mir Qanbar
By: Mohammad Shirvani
Iran 2005
70 mins (20 minutes excerpts of the movie will be shown)

A 75 year old man with a megaphone pedals into town flying a red flag with a quote from the Qur’an: ‘a big victory supported by God is imminent.’ Mir Qanbar, a retired civil servant from remote Azerbaijan in Iran, is running for President of the Islamic Republic. It’s not his first campaign: he’s run five times for Congress and in three previous attempts to capture the Presidency he’s been disqualified each time. His organisation consists solely of his disabled friend Seifollah, who distributes leaflets from a mule-drawn cart and who has been promised the role of Minister for Health in a Qanbar regime.

It’s more Don Quixote than Screaming Lord Sutch since Qanbar is still confident that he has a real chance. Now, will the documentary crew help him secure a meeting with President Khatami and prevent the authorities from rejecting his candidacy yet again.


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cervantes Instituto
31 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL United States
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