Feature Film:The Fish Fall in Love/Mahiha Ashegh Mishavand (2006/96 min/Persian) Directed by Ali Raffi
When Atieh's former lover Aziz re-appears after a 20-year absence, he tries to close her popular restaurant. Atieh fights back with what she knows -- food -- and prepares his favorite dishes, one after the other, in a determined attempt to convince him otherwise. Loosely based on the Persian fable of Shahrazad and the Thousand Myths (A Thousand and One Nights), director Ali Raffi's film uses the language of food to paint a richly-textured portrait of life on Iran's Caspian coast. Discussion with magazine food editor Mimi Sheraton and film critic Katayoun Beglari after screening. Reception follows. This program is supported, in part, by Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts.