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2014 Asian American International Film Festival


89 mins


City Cinema Village East
July 26, 2014 3:30 pm


In response to the increasing activeness of a younger generation of Iranian filmmakers, the AAIFF puts together a shorts program of both submitted and solicited short films from Iran and US-based Iranian filmmakers in the hopes to contextualize the dynamics between the social milieu and the filmmaking practice in Iran. The eclectic collection consists of both narratives and documentaries and captures the social atmosphere throughout the one decade after the 1999 student protest – including the two prominent incidents: the 2004 execution of Atefah Sahaaleh, and the 2009 Iranian election. They also explore, with imaginative cinematic language, such themes as female experiences, and cross-cultural misunderstanding.

We are very proud to present this program with our community partner: Iranian American Society of New York.

In This Program

  1. For The Birds

    Tara Atashgah / USA / 14 mins
    Inspired by the true event of execution of the 16-year-old Atefeh Sahaleh in 2004.

  2. DREAM OF SILK (Excerpt)

    Nahid Rezai / Iran / 10 mins
    Director Nahid Rezai returns to her girls high school in the early 2000s and lets the young students in her alma mater talk in front of the camera.


    Hamed Rajabi / Iran / 16 mins
    In a quasi-documentary style, TURNABOUT follows the protagonist back to one of the most liberal educational institutions in Iran, and captures the general atmosphere before the 2009 elections.

  4. To Ride A Bicycle

    Hamed Rajabi / Iran / 17 mins
    TO RIDE A BIKE follows the journey of Mahsa, whose boyfriend, Amir has left her without any notice but only the bike. On her way to return Amir’s belonging, she gradually unveils the hidden secret of her bygone boyfriend.

  5. The Theft

    Mohammad Farahani / Iran / 5 mins
    An old woman appears to have committed a theft. Or, maybe she has not. Very often in life things are not as they seem.

  6. When A Kid Was A Kid

    Anahita Ghazvinizadeh / Iran / 17 mins
    Taha is left alone at home. He gets himself dressed up as a female hostess and throws a party.

  7. A Day In Eden

    Assal Ghawami / USA / 10 mins
    A DAY IN EDEN explores a moment of human connection between two Yuri, a permanent resident in a senior house, and Fereshde, a Muslin volunteer, in a rather bleak, dehumanized environment.

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Dates & Times


City Cinema Village East
July 26, 2014 3:30 pm