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The Circle (2000). (Celluloid Dreams)

Part of the series
A Tribute to Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Dir. Jafar Panahi. Iran. 2000. 91 min. 35mm.

In Persian with English subtitles.

Several women, each having spent time in jail, find themselves in the punishing bustle of Tehran. One woman tries to return home but cannot get on a bus unaccompanied by a close male relative. Another woman seeking an abortion is threatened with violence. Others take desperate measures to find money. All are trapped in a circle of fate for women living in an oppressive society, whether in or out of jail. Film introduced by Negar Mottahedeh, Associate Professor of Literature, Duke University.

Golden Lion Award, Venice Film Festival

'Daring, despairing, beautiful work''Richard Corliss, Time,/i>

'A stinging, tautly structured indictment of Iranian society told through its women's eyes.''Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe

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This series is part of Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, a three-year initiative made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


Event Details

Fri 11 Mar 2011
1:45pm - 3:30pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Registration for this program is closed. Walk-in/cancellation tickets might be available on the day of event. Registered tickets not picked up by 6:35 pm will be forfeited.