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Oct. 7, 2003

UI Group To Present Middle Eastern, North African Films

"Ten," a film celebrating Iranian writer-director Abbas Kiarostami, will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building, presented by the University of Iowa Working Group on Cinemas of the Middle East and North Africa.

This movie is part of a series of films that will be shown throughout the fall semester every Friday from Oct. 10 to Dec. 12. The presentation is supported by the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture and UI International Programs.

"Ten" chronicles the journey of one woman as she drives through the streets of Tehran over a period of several days. Her journey is comprised of 10 conversations with various female passengers -- including her sister, a hitchhiking prostitute and a jilted bride -- as well as her imperious young son. As Kiarostami's "dashboard cam" eavesdrops on these lively, yet heart-wrenching road trips, a complex portrait of contemporary Iran comes sharply into focus. Kiarostami casts his masterful cinematic gaze on the modern sociopolitical landscape of his homeland as seen through the eyes of this woman.

Other movies being screened include Hany Abu-Assad's "Rana's Wedding," Avi Mograbi's "August: A Moment Before The Interruption," "Happy Birthday Mr. Mograbi" and Samir's "Forget Baghdad."

All films are free and open to the public. For a complete list of the film series, please contact Rosemarie Scullion in women's studies at 319-335-0322 or Louis Schwartz in the department of cinema and comparative literature at 319-335-0639.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Rosemarie Scullion, 319-335-0322; Writer: Mansi Bhatia