Pelan#30: “Portrait Of A Woman Beside Me”+Q&A with Filmmaker

Title: “Portrait Of A Woman Beside Me”

Written and Directed by Pouria Jahanshad
Run Time: 70 minutes
The movie is in Persian with the English subtitles.

Jan 16, 2019, 7 pm
West Vancouver Memorial Library (West Vancouver), and

Jan 18, 2019, 7 pm
Simon Fraser University- Harbour Center (Vancouver)

Synopsis and Director’s Note:
“Decision making is one of the difficulties that we are deeply involved in our life. In societies like Iran, women usually must make complicated choices. Choosing between studying and getting married, working and taking care of children, having social activities and accepting the common expectations of society from women. “Niloofar”, however, as an Iranian architect who has worked hard for her professional position for years and has serious social concerns, is not going to choose between social activities and the baby she is giving life to in her body.
This documentary portrays Niloofar’s efforts, her concerns, and her special corporeal and mental conditions from the viewpoint of her filmmaker husband who has tried to make a balance between filmmaking and playing the role of father/husband; a hard task, though not as hard as what his wife is trying to achieve.”

Followed by post-screening Q&A session with the filmmaker.

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“PELAN" is a nonprofit and nonpartisan project, organized by a group of students and graduates of "Simon Fraser University (SFU)" in Vancouver. “PELAN" has been initially designed for screening the contemporary documentaries and short films about Iranian people made by independent Iranian/non-Iranian directors. While these movies may have been banned in Iran, they have been presented in international film festivals all around the world. So, we believe this is a great opportunity for Iranian living in Vancouver to watch these artworks on a bigger scale. “PELAN" was established in 2013 and it has been happening since then and so far we have screened several documentaries from Iranian filmmakers who work inside and outside of Iran. We've also been organizing online Q&A sessions with the directors/producers at the end of the screenings.

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