Culture Club: Film Screening with Kamran Shirdel

Kamran Shirdel, still from Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison), 1965, Courtesy of the artist. Presentation supported by The George Foundation

Thu, February 20,
5:30 PM
9:00 PM


  • Carnegie Museum of Art Theater

Type of Event

  • Film Screening


Don’t miss renowned Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel’s first appearance in the United States at this two-night special event! Since the mid-1960s, Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address issues of everyday life in Iran and influenced generations of Iranian New Wave filmmakers. Originally hired as a filmmaker for the government-sponsored Ministry of Culture and Art, Shirdel has withstood periods of banning, confiscation, and censorship of his films, ironically in some instances by the same parties that commissioned them. Screenings each night present different films featured in the 2013 Carnegie International, and include brief introductory comments by Shirdel and a discussion with 2013 Carnegie International co-curator Tina Kukielski. 

Thursday, February 20, 5:30–9 p.m.

Culture Club at Carnegie Museum of Art Theater
Cost: $10 at the door; Includes admission and one drink ticket; $15 tickets for both screenings can be purchased this evening.

5:30–7 p.m.: Happy hour with the artist in the Carnegie Café
7–9 p.m.: Screening and conversation, CMA Theater

Nedamatgah (Women’s Prison), 1965, black-and-white, sound, 11 min.

The Silver Canvas, 1965, black-and-white, sound, 14 min.

An shab ke barun amad (The Night It Rained), 1967–74, black-and-white, sound, 35 min.

Friday, February 21, 7–9 p.m.

Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Melwood Screening Room
Cost: $10 at the door; Thursday-night ticketholders can purchase Friday-night tickets at a $5 discount.

Qaleh (The Women’s Quarter), 1966–80, black-and-white, sound, 18 min.

Tehran Raitakhte Iran Ast (Tehran is the Capital of Iran), 1966–79, black-and-white, sound, 18 min.

Solitude Opus, 2001–2, digital video; color, sound, 19 min.

Pearls of the Persian Gulf (short), 1975, color, sound, 18 min.


Cosponsored by Pittsburgh Filmmakers

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