Friday, September 18, 2009

Revolution In Motion: Featuring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad TONIGHT

Alwan for the Arts Presents

Revolution In Motion: Featuring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
A Film by Milad Dokhanchi. DVD, 70 min, 2009. (Director in Attendance)
Friday, September 18, 7 PM.
Free and Open to the Public

PostScreening Discussion with Neda Bolurchi (Columbia University) and Kamran Rastigar (Tufts University) moderated by Brian Drolet (Deep Dish TV)

"'Is there anything about the west that you would admire?' This is the question that Milad Dokhanchi, a young Iranian-Canadian filmmaker poses to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Traveling from Toronto, he follows the Iranian president on his populist trips to Iran’s provinces, his cabinet meetings and industry tours, and sitsdown with him in an exclusive one-on-one interview about the world of Ahmadinejad.

Revolution In Motion tells the story of one of world's most controversial leaders, a man vilified in the western press, and whose legitimacy has been challenged by leading figures of the Islamic Republic in the wake of intensely disputed recent elections. Shot two months before Iran's June 2009 presidential elections, the film provides important background and context for discussing today's Iran, its internal power struggle, and the real character of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

During Dokhanchi's extensive interview, Ahmadinejad describes what he considers the revolutionary path of the Islamic Republic and poses it sharply against the direction urged by reformers. He also challenges the value of discourse with the western powers that is conducted on their terms, arguing instead that countries wishing to free themselves from the humiliations of colonial domination must insist that the discourse be shaped to their own interests and necessities.

In addition to the Amadinejad interview, Dokhanchi's film gives voice to a wide range of Iranian opinion from the countryside to the cities about the president and life under the Islamic Republic."

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