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The Hunter (شکارچی (2010

03/04/2012 – 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Pasfarda is assisting Facets Multimeda in screening The Hunter (شکارچی (2010 by Rafi Pitts.
Pasfarda Ats & Cultural Exchange’s mission is to promote the arts as a means of bridging cultural misunderstandings.
As A Separation’s Oscar win this past week-end proved, the arts more than ever are serving as an effective catalyst to humanizing cultures that have been “under the dust of politics.” (quoting from Mr. Farhadi’s fabulous Oscar speech).

Panel Discussion Following the 3PM Sunday March 4th screening.

Moderated by: JOE LINSTROTH of WBEZ’s Worldview
Dr. NORMA MORUZZI — Associate Professor, Political Science, and Gender & Women’s Studies and Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Proferssor AHMAD SADRI — Professor of Sociology, and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College.

$9 General Admission | Free for Facets Members

Roger Ebert’s review of the film (***.*)

Synopsis: Recently released from prison, Ali (writer-director Rafi Pitts) attempts to make the most of his return to Tehran, as there is considerable political anxiety about the upcoming elections and promises of change.

Still, in the first sign that fate will trip him up, he cannot get a job on the day shift as a guard due to his ex-con background, so he is forced to work nights.

However, he still tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife and their young daughter, escaping the stress of urban life through hunting trips to the secluded forest north of the city. But one day, Ali’s family goes missing, and after a long and frustrating experience with the police, Ali’s own search for his missing daughter pushes him over the edge into an act of terrible violence. He flees the city, pursued by the police, and soon the line between hunter and hunted becomes difficult to define.

The Hunter has a very lean narrative which shows the dehumanising connections between the individual and urban space, on the one hand, and the conflict between the individual and the state, on the other. It concentrates on exploring the pressures of life in a time bomb society, represented by the cries of the opposition which penetrate Ali’s apartment, while in his car he hears a speech whose promise of change sounds like mockery. As Rafi Pitts, has stated, “Such an urban environment combined with technological progress promotes isolation, which can eventually bring about a kind of madness.”

Directed by Rafi Pitts, 2010, Iran/Germany, 92 mins. In Farsi with English subtitles.

The Hunter (شکارچی (2010 was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.



3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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