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#7: The Law In These Parts

The Law in These Parts

2011 / 90 min.
Directed by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz
Screening August 27, 2014
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Washington]

  • World Cinema Jury Prize Documentary, 2012 Sundance Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award, 2012, Full Frame Film Festival
  • Special Jury Prize, 2012, Hot Docs Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, 2011, Jerusalem Film Festival



In “The Law in These Parts”, acclaimed Israeli filmmaker Ra’anan Alexandrowicz has pulled off a tour-de-force examination of the system of military administration used by Israel since the Six Day War of 1967 — featuring the system’s leading creators. In a series of thoughtful and candid interviews, Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisers, who helped devise the occupation’s legal framework, paint a complex picture of the Middle East conflict and the balance among political interests, security and human rights that has come with it.

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where in DC does the documentaries take place(location in DC)?

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#6: My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns

My Name Is Negahdar Jamali And I Make Westerns

2012 - 65 mins
Directed by Kamran Heidari
Screenings July 30, 2014
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Washington]

"My name is John Ford and I make Westerns" this is how John Ford introduced himself at the American Film Directors’ Association gathering. Negahdar Jamali, an Iranian from Shiraz introduced himself the same way when Kamran Heidari first met him without knowing John Ford that well: "My name is Negahdar Jamali and I make Westerns", he introduced himself with self-confidence and without any weakness in his statement; not in the Monument Valley or in the Grand Canyon but in Shiraz and the deserts surrounding the city. He has been making Western films continuously for the past 35 years under hard conditions, and this film is about the struggle with his family, friends, society, and others to make what he likes the most in his life “Western Movies”.

Kamran Heidari was born in Gachsaran, near Shiraz in 1977. After receiving his Diploma he started making films and attended classes for making documentary films for 5 years. All his documentaries and photos are about people from his region Shiraz (Fars). “I am Negahdar Jamali, I make Western Films” is his first long documentary.

#5: Lady of the Roses & Back Vocal

Two Documentaries by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Screening: July 2, 2014
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Washington]


Lady of the Roses
2008 / 52 min
Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

"Lady of the Roses" is the name given to the late Shahindokht Sanati, a lady who went to the Lalehzaar region of Kerman before the Islamic revolution. She replaced poppies with roses and opium with rosewater, and took this so far as to transform the agricultural destiny of a whole region. The story is told by Homayoun Sanati, Shahindokhts spouse, three years after her death. He is the founder of Franklin Publishing, Offset printing house, Pars Paper Co. among others and is considered a one-of-a-kind figure in Irans culture, industry and management. 

Back Vocal
2004 / 40 min
Directed by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb

Capture the struggles of contemporary Iranian singers and musicians working to be heard in their own country. Back Vocal explores Iran’s prohibition, since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, of female solo singers. Mirtahmasb says: “Three years of roaming among musicians of Tehran resulted in two films centered on the theme of restrictions on music in Iran. Back Vocal tells the story of women singers whose unaccompanied singing is forbidden by religious laws of the country, but who nonetheless try to remain active, even if that means taking the second seat. I knew from the beginning that such a film would not get permission to be screened, so I never applied for a permit.”

#4: Kahrizak, Four Views

Kahrizak

2012 - 86 min
Directed by Rakhshan Bani Etemad, Mohsen Amiryoussefi, Bahman Kiarostami, Pirooz Kalantari
Screening: May 28, 2014
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Toronto, Atlanta, Washington DC]

Four directors of different ages and levels of experience, each present a view of the Kahrizak Charity Centre, introducing us to fascinating characters and rituals, and a reflection on life and death itself. Presented in episodes, we are introduced to the situation of the elderly; a blind and disabled man without hands and legs, who performs Hamlet; and the Centre’s Feast of Sacrifice.

#3: Bassidji

Bassidji

2009 - 114 min
Directed by Mehran Tamadon
Screening: April 30, 2014
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, Dubai, Toronto, Atlanta]

For three years, Mehran Tamadon immersed himself into the very heart of the most extremist supporters of the Islamic republic of Iran (the Bassidjis) to understand their ideas.


Mehran Tamadon writes:

"In a dessert, on a hill, men, women in chadors along with small children wander the large open air ‘museum’ which stands in the memory of the martyrs of the Iran-Iraq war. It is Persian New Year and we are close to the Iraqi border. My guide is a man; big and charismatic - his name is Nader Malek-Kandi. For nearly three years, I have chosen to penetrate the depth of the world of the most avid defenders of the IRI (The Basijis), to develop a better
understanding of the paradigm that motivates them. We are from the same country, and yet, we are complete opposites: Iranian living in France, atheist, the child of militant communists under the shah; I have everything required to knock down the convictions of those who respect the dogmas of
the regime. Nevertheless, a dialogue binds us together. But between the games of seduction and rhetoric, within the real and sincere moments of the political and religious system that they defend, are our respective convictions ready to take a back seat so that we can come to understand one another?”

#2: Red Lines and Deadlines

Red Lines and Deadlines
Life behind the scenes of the Iranian newspaper Shargh

2004 / 5 - 53 mins
Filmed, Produced and Directed by Taghi Amirani
Screening: Mar 25, 2014 
[San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York]

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In 2004 filmmaker Taghi Amirani gained unprecedented access to Shargh, at the time Iran’s leading reformist newspaper. With full official permits from all the relevant Iranian authorities he went behind the scenes with the paper’s young journalists as they went about their job of reporting and commenting on a wide range of social, cultural and political stories. Amirani’s camera follows the journalists on assignments and at home as they offer rare insights not just about journalism but also about post revolutionary Iranian society. Made in the final year of President Khatami’s second term in office Red Lines and Deadlines is a film made by an Iranian with Iranians that tries to stay clear of clichés about Iran presented in western media. The film was broadcast in the US on the PBS series Wide Angle.

More on the film | More on Taghi Amirani

Docunight now in San Francisco and Los Angeles

We are super excited to announce that Docunight is expanding before even starting! We will show the same documentary on the same night in 2 cities now, San Francisco, and Los Angeles at UCLA.

If you live in Los Angeles or have friends there, it’s time to start adding your SoCal friends to our facebook group! If they are not on Facebook, they can join our mailing list available on our website: www.docunight.com 

Stay tuned, as we may have screenings in other cities (and other countries!). Let us know if you want to do this in your city as well.