International Film Festival in Freer Gallery

Another awesome event for everyone particularly the Iranian-American community to celebrate their love for Persian art and heritage in Washington, DC. The Freer Gallery at the Smithsonian Museums of Asian Art is hosting the Iranian Film Festival in Washington, D.C. The film festival starts this Friday, January 21st, screening five new Iranian films plus a special documentary program.

Here is a the partial list of the movies

The White Meadows
Fans of Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iron Island will find even more densely-woven symbolism and uncanny imagery in his latest film. Shot on a lake dotted with tiny islands and otherworldly salt formations, this visually stunning, allegory-rich work is full of indelible scenes, from a woman who marries the sea to a dwarf who carries jars of secrets to the bottom of a well. These and other haunting incidents are witnessed by the film’s hero, a man who rows from island to island, collecting human tears. This inventive collection of surreal stories radiate the power of classic mythology, but also present a cutting, if deliberately veiled, critique of Iran’s current political situation. (Dir.: Mohammad Rasoulof, 2009, video, 93 min., Persian with English subtitles)

The White Meadows is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens 2011 film series. For more information, visit

My Tehran for Sale
This riveting film gives a view of Tehran that would never meet with official approval, taking viewers inside the city’s thriving, rebellious culture of artists, poets, singers and dancers. Presented as a series of flashbacks, it stars the intensely charismatic Marzieh Vafamehr as an actress who rebels against authority and seeks escape through a doomed relationship with an Iranian-born Australian man. According to the Global Film Initiative, “Poet-turned-filmmaker Granaz Moussavi boldly registers the trials of a modern woman struggling to flourish in Iran’s contemporary political climate.” (Dir.: Granaz Moussavi, 2009, video, 97 min., English and Persian with English subtitles)

My Tehran For Sale is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and is part of the Global Lens Collection. For more information, visit

A crusty grandmother finds herself in the unlikely role of guardian angel to her rebellious granddaughter, who runs away for love of a drug dealer and is left like a tender chick at the mercy of hawks. A sense of moody poetry runs through this story that combines the grimness of the underworld with a palpable longing for family. Two parallel stories merge when a shady developer, who has his own strong-willed grandmother hovering not so gently over his life, has a fateful encounter with the runaway. Description adapted from the Gene Siskel Film Center. (Dir.: Alireza Davoodnejad, 2010, 95 min., Persian with English subtitles)

When: Fri, Jan 21 – Sun, Feb 27  (films showing every Friday and Sunday)

Time: Friday Show times – 7 p.m., Sunday Show Times – 2 p.m.

Where: Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, 1050 Independence Avenue, SW/Washington, DC  20013

Cost: Free, although tickets will be distributed for admission.  For more information on how to obtain a ticket, click here.

Seating: Seating for films is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors will open approximately 30 minutes before each show.

For more information about the Iranian Film Festival, click here.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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