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June 28, 2024 - 7:30 pm

Registration has closed. Please note that registration does not guarantee entry if the event reaches capacity. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Patrons who have registered will need to obtain their free tickets at the box office, where seating will be assigned. Any seats remaining 15 minutes before showtime will be released to standby patrons.

Lioness — A Freedom Project for Iran

U.S., 2023

Farhang Short Film Festival 3rd Prize Winner

A clarion call in support of the “Woman, Life, Freedom” movement and to honor the “tenacity and fearlessness” of Iranian women in their “unyielding pursuit … towards their emancipation.“

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 5 min. Director: Arrad. Screenwriter: Arrad.


Iran/Germany/France, 2023

Worn down by the insurmountable obstacles he faced trying to make films, Farid (Mirsaeed Molavian) has resigned himself to working as a caregiver at a hospital in Tehran. Even there, his quiet refusal of administrative decrees leads to a demotion and assignment to the high security psychiatric ward. At his lowest, Farid finds a path back to life through the figure of a mysterious patient who — he learns — has been institutionalized as a political prisoner and whom he helps escape. A riveting story of resistance, writer-director Farhad Delaram’s feature film debut made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

DCP, color, in Persian with English subtitles, 116 min. Director: Farhad Delaram. Screenwriter: Farhad Delaram. With: Mirsaeed Molavian, Behdokht Valian, Roya Afshar.

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