Films about the Middle East and Asia at GOMA

The APT6 Cinema program continues to be a highlight for visitors to the Gallery of Modern Art’s Australian Cinémathèque. Over the next two weeks there is a variety of films from our two major cinema projects The Cypress and the Crow: 50 Years of Iranian Animation and Promised Lands, as well as APT6 filmmakers Ang Lee and Takeshi Kitano.

The Cypress and the crow: 50 Years of Iranian Animation

The Cypress and the Crow highlights the art of animation in Iran today, which draws on the artistic heritage of textile design; Persian folk tales and literature; calligraphy and miniature painting; as well as the motifs of interior design, ceramics and architecture. Animation is recognised in Iran as a medium which is closely related to drawing, painting and the graphic arts.

One of the films is Persepolis about a young girl who grew up during the events of 1978 in Iran. The US puppet, the Shah, was deposed only to be replaced by the religious fundamentalist, Ayatollah Khomeini. Through the years of repression that followed the young girl grows up only to flee into exile. The story told here is consistent with that of the narrative novel, Reading Lolita in Teheran. It is made more prescient (knowledge of events before they take place) in that the opponents of the Shah were prepared to support the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamic regime despite clear indications from the outset that it would be repressive and fundamentalist. Some French intellectuals (Michel Foucault) threw in their support, almost regardless of the result.

Promised Lands profiles a series of key cinematic and geopolitical relationships across the Indian

Promised Lands

subcontinent (Bangladesh, India, Kashmir, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) to

West Asia and the Middle East (including Afghanistan, Armenia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Palestine and Turkey).

SCREENINGS: January – March 2010
WHERE: Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art

COST: Admission Free

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