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Iranian documentary series with PELAN

This is an in-person event

April 13, 2024

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Third floor program room

Cultural discovery

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April 13, 2024

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Join us as we screen monthly Iranian documentaries with PELAN. These screenings feature works about Iranians, made by independent Iranian and non-Iranian documentarians, to gain a better understanding of Iran and its people. This season, we focus on portraits of interesting people, from famous artists to unknown individuals. 

This month, we are screening Free Ion by Nassim Nadjafi (Iran. 2014 – 2021, 59 minutes). The director, Nassim, will be in the session and we'll have a Q&A with her afterwards. This film is in Farsi with English subtitles. 

About the film:

Nima, a 30-year-old Iranian man, defies the conventional path most Iranian males must follow by avoiding military service, employment, and completing university education after 12 years as a student. However, his beloved girlfriend plans to leave Iran, which requires Nima to have completed military service and obtain a university degree to join her abroad. The film documents five pivotal years in Nima's life, capturing the conflicts between his free-spirited/bohemian lifestyle and his love for his partner. 


About PELAN: 

PELAN is a non-profit, non-partisan project founded in 2013 and organized by a group of students and graduates of different universities in Vancouver. Since its inception, the primary purpose of PELAN has been to screen documentary films about Iranians, made by independent Iranians and non-Iranians. Although some of these movies have been banned in Iran, they have been shown at international film festivals around the world. In addition to the screenings, we have also been organizing online Q&A sessions with the directors/producers to foster stronger connections between Iranian artists and Iranians in the diaspora. PELAN had to cancel all its events during the pandemic; however, partnering with Blackout Art Society, PELAN resumed its work by screening documentaries at the North Vancouver City Library since the beginning of 2023. 

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