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Tehran Has No More Pomegranates

02/25/2009 – 6:00 pm - 02/26/2009 – 10:00 pm

Based on its tremendously successful screening in Los Angeles and by popular demand, Willow Films with assistance of Pasfarda Arts & Cultural Exchange are proud to present the Chicago theatrical premiere of the acclaimed documentary: TEHRAN ANAR NADARAD

February 25-26, 2009 | 6:15 pm, 8:00 pm & 9:45 pm
Landmark Theatre | 2828 N Clark, Chicago
Discussions with special guest speakers to follow both 8PM screenings

$10 General | $8.50 Student | $8 Senior / Child

Iran / Color & BW / 35 mm / 68 minutes
Written, Directed and Produced by: MASSOUD BAKHSHI
Narrated by: NOSRAT KARIMI (“Daee Jaan Napoleon”)
Featuring music by: MOHSEN NAMJOO

“An imaginative and engaging history of Tehran that uses a petulant barbed humor to deliver a steady stream of irony about this drastically transformed society.” —Variety
February 25 & 26, 2009 at The Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema

> February 25th: Ahmad Sadri – Professor of Sociology, and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College
> February 26th: Kaveh Ehsani – Research scholar at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Buy your tickets soon, as they will be SOLD OUT.

Click here for an interview with director Masoud Bakhshi at Toronto HotDocs: Masoud Bakhshi Interview on YouTube

Click here for an interview with Massoud Bakhshi with Tehran Avenue:

About Willow Films — Willow Films is an international sales agency and distribution company for films from the Middle East.

About SoCiArts Productions — Society of Cinema and Arts or SoCiArts, began its mission of creation and good-will in September 2007 as a community dedicated to vibrant artists, musicians and cineastes interested in making their world a more dynamic and peaceful place through their art, music and film.
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WHEN: February 25 & 26, 2009
6:15 pm, 8:00 pm & 9:45 pm
Discussions with special guest speakers to follow both 8PM screenings

2828 North Clark Street, CHICAGO, IL 60657

BOX OFFICE: Call 773-248-7759
TICKET PRICES: $10 General | $8.50 Student | $8 Senior / Child


Directed by Massoud Bakhshi, made over a span of five years, TEHRAN HAS NO MORE POMEGRANATES tells the story of the director and his crew who are on a mission to make a film about their hometown, Tehran , but have hit a wall and must explain to their superiors at the Documentary Film Center why their project cannot be completed. They decide to investigate the city’s past in order to better understand the present. What follows is a sarcastic and comic narrative about Tehran ’s transformation from a small village into a megapolis of increasing urban mess, pollution, inadequate housing, class gaps and the fatal destiny of its delicious pomegranates. Using an energetic mix of rare archival footage from the past 150 years, unconventional photography, mock interviews and a playful soundtrack, the aesthetic and cultural values of old and new Tehran are brought to life.
In the process, director and crew embark on a self-discovery, realizing that while they belong to a drastically transformed Tehran , being a “Tehrani” is a timeless state of mind. “The film just floods over you—it plays out almost like a dream!” Pamela Cohn


02/25/2009 – 6:00 pm
02/26/2009 – 10:00 pm


Landmark Theater
2828 N Clark St
Chicago, IL United States
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