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Movies Without Borders - International Film Festival

Movies Without Borders - International Film Festival

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We here at Roane State have a wonderful opportunity to bring recognition to our college as well as give an insight into cultural diversity as we host Movies Without Borders: International Film Festival. This festival will consist of two events. The first is set to be held on October 2, 2010 at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville and will feature five international films from countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, and Palestine. The second event will be held on October 4, 2010 at Pellissippi State Community College and will feature The Glass House, a documentary focused on women in Iran. The second event will also feature guest speaker, Hamid Rahmanian, director of the featured film. Refreshments will be served and, to celebrate the cultural festival, will consist of foods from those regions of the world.

Funding for this event has been provided through an Access and Diversity Grant by TBR. We want students and community members to have the opportunity to attend Movies Without Borders free of charge. To reach this goal, we need individual donations to help with cost not covered by the grant.

Please help us provide this wonderful learning opportunity for free. Donations are tax-deductable as allowed by law. You may print, complete and return this coupon, or for more information on how to make a donation, please contact the Roane State Foundation at (865) 882-4507.


October 2nd - Bijou Theatre

The following five movies will be shown at the TN Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, On Saturday October 2nd.  The show time of each movie is cited next to the movie name.



90 min  Start at 2:00 p.m.

Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois.  In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.
Fiction, 90 minutes (approx.), © 2008


Tehran has no more Pomegranates

67 min  Start at 3:45 p.m.

Tehran Has No More Pomegranates is a postmodern documentary that is as witty and engaging as it is informative. On a mission steeped in irony, director Massoud Bakhshi and his crew serve as protagonists in a narrative about the impossibility of completing their project. In the process they take us on a winding journey through archival film from the 19th-century Qajar modernization period into the traffic-filled streets and bazaars of contemporary—yet intentionally conservative and traditional—Tehran. Onscreen, Bakhshi may fail, but he succeeds in both documenting 150 years of history and entertaining with its contradictions.
Directed by Massoud Bakhshi
Documentary , Iran, 2007, 67 minutes, ©2006


Afghan Star

90 min  Start at 5:10 p.m.

After 30 years of war and Taliban rule, pop Idol has come to Afghanistan. Millions are watching the TV series ‘Afghan Star’ and voting for their favorite singers by mobile phone. For many this is their first encounter with democracy. This timely film follows the dramatic stories of four contestants as they risk all to become the nation's favorite singer. But will they attain the freedom they hope for in this vulnerable and traditional nation?
Directed by Havana Marking
Documentary, U.K., 90 minutes (approx.), © 2008


The Glass House

92 min start at 6:55 p.m.

The fringes of Iranian society can be a lonely place, especially if you are a teenage girl with few resources to fall back on.  The Glass House follows four girls striving to pull themselves out of the margins by attending a one-of-kind rehabilitation center in uptown Tehran.  Forget about the Iran that you’ve seen before.  With a virtually invisible camera, the girls of The Glass House take us on a never-before-seen tour of the underclass of Iran with their brave and defiant stories: Samira struggles to overcome forced drug addiction; Mitra harnesses abandonment into her creative writing; Sussan teeters on a dangerous ledge after years of sexual abuse; and Nazila burgeons out of her hatred with her blazing rap music. This groundbreaking documentary reflects a side of Iran few have access to or paid attention to: a society lost to its traditions with nothing meaningful to replace them and a group of courageous women working to instill a sense of empowerment and hope into the minds and lives of otherwise discarded teenage girls.
Directed by Hamid Rahmanian, Produced by Melissa Hibbard
Documentary, Iran/USA,  92 minutes, ©2008

Please see below for more information on the second screening of The Glass House at the PSCC college on Monday October 4th.



90 min Start at 8:45 p.m.

Six women in Beirut seek love, marriage, and companionship and find duty, friendship, and possibility. Four work at a salon: Nisrine, engaged to Bassam, with a secret she shares with her co-workers; Jamale, a divorced mother of teens, a part-time model, fearing the encroachment of time; Rima, always in pants, attracted to Siham, a client who smiles back; Layale, in love with a married man, willing to drop everything at a honk of his horn. There's also Rose, a middle-aged seamstress, who cares for Lili, old and facing dementia. Rose has a suitor; Layale has an admirer on the police force. Is delight a possibility? Is caramel a sweet or an instrument of pain?
Directed by Nadine Labaki


October 4th - Pellissippi Community College Performing Arts Center

Monday October 4th at 6:00 p.m. The movie GLASS HOUSE will be shown. The director of this movie, Hamid Rahmanian, will be present to answer any questions in the Q&A forum after the movie. This event will be followed by a reception serving Middle Eastern food.

Contact: Owen Driskill • (865) 354-3000 ext. 2301 •

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