7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
St. Ambrose University Galvin Fine Arts Center
Tonight's showing at St. Ambrose is "Ziba," an Iranian film by Bani Khoshnoudi (Farsi with English subtitles).
Through the character of Ziba, an upper-class housewife in today's Tehran, we experience the asphyxiation lived on a daily basis by Iranians today. Unable to relate to her environment, Ziba leads an alienated life, caught in the repetitive motions of the everyday and unable to express to those around her what is wrong. One long summer day, Ziba finds herself in an unexpected situation in the company of people unknown to her, confronted with her own choices and indecisions.
Not a character portrait per se, this film is a rather visceral metaphor of the general state of oppression and imposed silence in Iran today. This suffocation is political, social, but also personal. It is virtually impossible for communication between genders, across social classes and generations, and amongst people with differing cultures within the same society. At the same time, people are victim to their own censorship and containment, mirroring that which the government and its religious restrictions impose on them.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
More info: Middle East Institute website
About the Festival
The Middle East Institute Film Festival will show the best in contemporary Middle Eastern filmmaking by some of the region's most accomplished artists. The six-day festival will feature viewings at Rozz Tox in Rock Island, the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, and at St. Ambrose University.