Episode #14: CineIran Festival of Toronto

Episode #14: CineIran Festival of Toronto

On the 14th episode of the podcast, we discuss the inaugural edition of CineIran Festival of Toronto, a festival that aims to present a comprehensive cross-section of contemporary Iranian cinema to a global audience. Amir, who serves as the artistic director of CIFT, talks about the festival's inception, its challenges, guests, reception and future. The conversation also covers several of the year's best Iranian films, including What's the Time in Your World?.  

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Interview: Aref Mohammadi on His Career in Writing, Film Distribution and Documentary Cinema

Interview: Aref Mohammadi on His Career in Writing, Film Distribution and Documentary Cinema

For the Iranian community in Toronto, Aref Mohammadi is a recognizable figure. Through his various ventures such as "New Wave Cultural and Artistic Group" and "Fantasia Pictures," as well as his film writing, he has contributed to the vibrant cinephile culture among the city's Iranians. He has organized workshops, celebrations and film screenings. More recently, however, his documentary film, A Survivor From Magadan, has become quite a sensation. The film follows the life of Ata Safavi, an Iranian who spent decades in a Soviet prison camp on nebulous charges. His story of resilience and survival took him from the north of Iran to Russia, Tajikstan and, in the last years of his, Toronto, where Aref Mohammadi met him. In the following conversation, Aref discusses his career across the film world and over the years in Iran, Germany and Canada.

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Episode #13: "Paternal House" and Mainstream Iranian Cinema

Episode #13: "Paternal House" and Mainstream Iranian Cinema

On the 13th episode of the podcast, we are joined again by Corey Atad, who previously discussed Still Life with us on Episode #4. The topic of our conversation is veteran director Kianoush Ayari's long awaited The Paternal House. We discuss the director's career, the film's troubled release history and the film's confrontational look at misogyny in Iran in the 20th century. Finally, we discuss the recently announced new film by Asghar Farhadi, which is produced by Pedro Almodovar. 

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