Lively Q&A session with director Ali Samadi Ahadi recorded on February 27 at The Loft Cinema in Tucson, AZ as part of
FILM FORWARD 2012: ADVANCING CULTURAL DIALOGUE.
Ali Samadi Ahadi’s timely documentary reveals how Iranian civilians reacted to the 2009 Iranian Presidential elections. Using animation and live action footage of the protests as well as interviews with Iranian bloggers and political leaders, Ahadi paints a compelling portrait of a nation on the brink of revolution.
FILM FORWARD is a cultural exchange program designed to enhance cross-cultural understanding, collaboration and dialogue around the globe by engaging audiences through the exhibition of film and conversation with filmmakers. FILM FORWARD is an Initiative of Sundance Institute and The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
"Cinema, both fiction and non-fiction, has shown over and over that as human beings, we share values beyond any border, real or imagined." - Robert Redford, President and Founder of the Sundance Institute
FILM FORWARD creates cultural exchange with ten films in nine locations around the globe. Tucson was selected as one of three U.S. cities to host this cultural initiative, with The Loft Cinema being the presenting venue!
FILM FORWARD locations around the world include: Arizona, California, Puerto Rico, Oklahoma, China, Colombia, France, India, Morocco.
Venue partners in Arizona include: University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television; University of Arizona Middle Eastern Studies and North African Studies; University of Arizona School of Journalism; Tohono O'odham Nation Recreation Center in Sells, AZ; Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church; Tucson Museum of Art; Tucson Chinese Cultural Center.