A Very Ordinary Citizen
MAJID BARZEGAR / 2015 / IRAN / 103 MINUTES / FARSI with English subtitles / TORONTO PREMIERE / FILM RATING 18A
Saturday November 5 / 7:30 PM / Workman Theatre (651 Dufferin Street, TTC: Dufferin)
I2CRC PRE-FILM RECEPTION 5-7 PM (See below, same location)
It is autumn in Tehran. Mr. Safari is in his 80s, and his daily routine involves purchasing a fresh loaf of sangak break and delivering it to a home where the gift seems conspicuously unwelcome. What is Mr. Safari up to? Why does he not answer his phone when his son calls? Is he displaying a conveniently selective form of dementia? What is in this man's past that might account for his actions, which so gradually evolve from eccentric to obsessive to something verging on sinister? Co-written by Taxi's Jafar Panahi, Majid Barzegar's film is as puzzling, deliberate and fascinating as the old man himself.
Following the screening, there will a panel discussion about the film in Farsi with English translation
SEE BELOW for panelists and biographies.
Copresented with I2CRC - Iranian Canadian Resource Centre
*PRE-FILM RECEPTION hosted by I2CRC = You can enjoy a pre-film reception with sweets, artwork and live music before the film - to reserve your $20 ticket (includes film) please contact I2CRC: 416.931.1207 or email I2CRC@I2CRC.org
Dr. Daryoush Gharghi MD, MSc, FRCPC, ABPN has been the Staff Neurologist/ Epileptologist at Rouge Valley Health System since 2013. In spite of his very busy schedule, he participates in community education and support programs as much as possible. Dr. Gharghi completed his MD in Iran in 1998. He then moved to Montreal, Canada and received am MSc in Neurological Sciences at McGill.University. He thoroughly enjoyed his Residency in Adult Neurology at U of T 2007-2012. For his Fellowship in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology he moved to University Hospitals-Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gharghi’s specialized education along with an enriched experience by living and learning in different countries and communities has enabled him to enjoy a much broader perspective in his professional pursuits, patient care and community services. Dr. Daryoush Gharghi is now a Torontonian, and enjoys raising his 6 year old son with his wife.
Aref Mohammadi is a well-known Journalist, film-critic, filmmaker, and a TV producer within the Iranian communities in many countries outside Iran. Since 2004, his company, New Wave Artistic and Cultural Inc. has produced documentaries, educational seminars and workshops and orientation to Iranian cinema for Iranian Diaspora. Aref’s education ranges from Literature to Filmmaking and Social Work. He obtained a B.A. in Farsi Literature in 1995 from Azad University in Iran. Once in Canada, he completed a Diploma in Community Work from George Brown College, and studied for a Master degree in documentary Media at Ryerson University in Toronto. A few months after his arrival in Canada, Aref managed to follow his passion as a journalist by working with a number of Iranian print media and TV programs in Toronto. A selection of his interviews with renowned cinemaeasts is published in a well-regarded book called Iranian Cinema, yesterday & Today. Aref has made two short documentaries; the Bus (2005), about the first female bus driver in Iran, and New Horizon (2009) which introduced the first female mechanic in Iran. His latest Feature documentary is called A Survivor from Magadan which secured several awards including best TV Documentary (Canadian Ethnic Media/2014).Aref’s accolades include the National Ethnic Press & Media Council Award, City of Markham’s Arts Award & Iranian Art & Culture Foundation of Toronto’s Award of Excellence.
Sina Forouzi’s-I2CRC Co-Chair: Sina’s personal mission is: Empower, Innovate, and Connect to create and develop a better world for people around him.As a Community Developer / Employment Specialist / Career & Business Developer with service industry, Sina works in teams with community members, organizations, educational institutions, and various industries & occupations to develop, create and negotiate solutions to employment, education & training, innovations & creativity, and opportunities. Sina’s keen interested in building capacities for communities he works with expands over many and including successful settlement and integration developments for newcomers to Canada.
Afkham (Afie) Mardukhi-ICRC Co-Chair, Moderator Afie is a community activist working and volunteering with many community groups for over 25 years. While she focuses on women’s issues, youth & seniors in her professional capacity, she doesn’t stop her compassionate advocacy in the arena of social justice and on behalf of the most vulnerable and marginalized amidst us. Afie’s expertise and interest expands to a broad spectrum within social service sector. Currently, she is working as a mental health counsellor with TNO, a neighbourhood development organization, and provides consultation on issues of equity, research and policy development, governance, and strategic planning to numerous NGOs. For the past 13 years, she has also been working with Hon. Kathleen Wynne,the Ontario Premier of Ontario. Afie is an avid volunteer with a youth shelter, and a founding member of many community and cultural groups within the broader community and her own community of origin. She has intimately worked with the Iranian Women’s Organization of Ontario for the past six years, transforming it to a multi service viable organization.
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