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The 2nd Iranian Film Festival Australia proudly launches in October 2012. Please find out more in our 7th newsletter.
Brisbane 4-7 Oct, Brisbane Powerhouse
Melbourne 10-14 Oct, Australian Centre For the Moving Image
Canberra 11-14 Oct, National Film and Sound Archive
Sydney 18-21 Oct, Dendy Newtown
Adelaide 25-28 Oct, Mercury
Full Programme

   In this Issue
  • Ghaliyan lounge at Brisbane Powerhouse
  • Roots Back Home: Shorts session


Ghaliyan lounge at Brisbane Powerhouse 

During the Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse, the Ghaliyan lounge is the place to meet and be seen.

Opening this Thursday, 4 October, festivalgoers can relax and enjoy the delights of a Brisbane Spring in the outdoor lounge.

It's going to be a special film festival season.

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.



Roots Back Home: Shorts session, 70:00 min

All the short films in this special section by Iranian filmmakers around the world are concerned with Persian identity.

Sealed Lips (2012) Sofi Basseghi, 6:00 min

An ancient Sherhazad, now confined to a wheelchair, journeys among women in this delicate but provocative piece combining live action and animation.


Distant Words (2011) Nassiem Valamanesh, 5:00 min

Adelaide-born Valamanesh reflects surreally on his first visit to Tehran in this live action/animation mix.


Without Minarets (2011) Alireza Ghanie, 15:00 min

In 2009 a Swiss referendum banned the construction of minarets. But the architectural battle between crescent and cross in Europe reflected in this one take film dates back to the Ottoman Wars.


Shadow (2012) Nora Niasari, 2:00 min

The devastating Iran-Iraq War, often referred to by Iranians as “the Sacred Defense and Imposed War”, was the longest conventional war of the twentieth century. This animation shows its long lasting impact on civilians.


Saffron Tea (2008) Bahar Bahebanani, 13:00 min

Saffron Tea uses dreamy and ethereal scenes of a serene domestic space to explore both personal and cultural history.

Beautifully filmed, evocative and simply lovely.


Stone Canvases (2009) Mehdi Asadi, 13:00 min

The ancient petroglyphs and myths of xxx provide the starting point for this elegant and evocative exploration of place from Pre-Islamic to the present.


Bride Can (2011) Ronak Taher, 12:00 min

This fabulous piece of animation takes a whimsical look at the nerve-wracking process of being a bride, any bride, and adds a special Persian flavor.


Roots Back Home: Shorts session is screening Brisbane Powerhouse, Saturday 6 Oct 2:00 pm and Melbourne, ACMI Thursday 11 Oct 6:30 pm.

Watch the short film sessions trailer here


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Please note in the previous newsletter the film reviews were incorrectly attributed.
The Hatred/Boghz review was from Caffecinema.
The Here without me/Inja bedoone man review was by Anne Demy-Geroe.
My sincere apologies to our IFFA Festival Director, Anne Demy-Geroe, and to Armin Miladi.


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