Talk, Discussion and Video Art by Elham Rokni about Jews in or from Iran (audio recording of the talk available)
The evening approaches the topic from different perspectives: Before the art project, Professor Eliz Sanasarian from the University of Southern California will give an introductory talk entitled Nuances of Identity Politics: The Jews of Iran on the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.
Then Israeli-Iranian artist Elham RokniIn presents Yousef Abad and Wedding , two very personal artistic approaches: In her video projects including video recordings of her family in Israel and from Tehran today circle around the questions of temporal and spatial distance, of home and exile, and of the reconstruction and construction of memory.
In Yousef Abad, Elham Rokni considers the inaccessible. In her case, this is the Yousef Abad district in Tehran, the place where she grew up and that she left in 1989 at the age of nine when her family immigrated to Israel. As an Israeli citizen, she is no longer permitted to travel to Iran. The screening includes the video recordings Walk through Yousef Abad, Golris cinema and 41st Street.
In the short film Wedding, Rokni tries to determine the date of her parents’ wedding, and in doing so discovers how her own family history is interwoven with the history of Iran.
After the screening, which is part of the Film and Reading Series Between Marrakesh and Mashhad, Elham Rokni and Eliz Sanasarian will take part in a discussion.