Arts and Entertainment

Docunight screenings feature films with connections to Iran

University Libraries and Iranian Student Association co-sponsor monthly events

"Sohrab, A Journey," about Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless, will be shown on Wednesday, March 1, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, University Park. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Docunight, co-sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and the Iranian Student Association, will present monthly documentary films about, around or in Iran, or made by Iranians, on the first Wednesday of every month in 2017. Screenings take place across several cities in North America.

Docunight will feature “Sohrab, A Journey” (2016) about filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on the University Park campus. Returning to Iran after studying cinema and living abroad, Saless makes a daring choice for his career path and becomes a pioneer in Iranian cinema. His features “A Simple Event” and “Still Life” are remembered today as the most important and most influential first examples of the formation of Iranian modern cinema. “Sohrab, A Journey,” directed by Omid Abdollahi, is in Persian with English subtitles.

Last Updated March 01, 2017