Fargo Theatre to Screen Film Co-written by Roxana Saberi
Sep 02, 2010FOR MORE INFORMATION:
MARGIE BAILLY, Fargo Theatre Executive Director
AMY KELLY, Concordia College Media Relations Director
FARGO THEATRE TO SCREEN
‘NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS’ SEPTEMBER 9
CO-WRITTEN BY ROXANA SABERI
The independent film “No One Knows About Persian Cats,” is coming to the Fargo Theatre Sept. 9 for a special event that includes a conversation with the film’s co-writer Roxana Saberi. The event, co-sponsored by the Fargo Theatre and Concordia College, will begin with the screening of the film at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. Immediately following, Saberi and Concordia College professors Greg Carlson and Richard Gilmore will discuss the film and the process of making it.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi, the film is the story of two young musicians who are released from an Iranian prison and want to form a band. With the help of an underground music enthusiast, the pair plans how to get additional musicians involved in the band and how to find visas to leave the country and perform openly, which is not allowed in Iran without a permit. The film shows many of the legal and cultural challenges for young people growing up in Iran.
The film, which is in Persian with English subtitles, debuted at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, where it received a Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. It was also the winner of the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival and the winner in the Best Foreign Language Film at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival.
Saberi, a 1997 graduate of Concordia, has cameo appearances in the film in addition to her writing role. She will be available in the theatre lobby from 6 to 7 p.m. to sign her book “Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran,” which chronicles her three-month imprisonment in Iran. Admission for the film is $5.