The Seventh Art Stand is an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia. In May 2017, participating institutions across the US will show films by filmmakers from the countries affected by the proposed travel ban. With two days of programming, the Rhode Island School of Design joins Dorcas International to engage the intersection of film and social activism.
We believe it is crucial to share complicated, compelling, and often uncomfortable stories to promote positive cultural change.
Friday May 19 – The Salesman – 5:30 reception; 6:15 screening – Metcalf Auditorium
(2016) Persian with English subtitles. (Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film) — The Salesman is an Iranian drama film directed and written by Asghar Farhadi and starring Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini. It is about a married couple who perform Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman on stage, when the wife is assaulted. Her husband attempts to determine the identity of the attacker, while she struggles to cope with post-traumatic stress. Farhadi chose Miller’s play as his story within a story based on shared themes. The film was shot in Tehran, beginning in 2015.
Post-screening discussion led by RISD faculty member, Sheida Soleimani with her father, Manoocher Soleimani. Manoocher Soleimani is a University of Cincinnati Professor who was a political activist during the Iranian Revolution in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.
Co-hosted by Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island.
Saturday May 20 – A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night – 5:30 reception; 6:15 screening – Metcalf Auditorium
(2014) Persian with English subtitles. — The first Iranian vampire spaghetti western, Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was chosen to show in the “Next” program at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Shot in California, the film is set in a fictitious Iranian ghosttown, Bad City, and depicts the activities of a lonesome chador-wearing vampire.
“The number of influences here could have made A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night yet another movie-mad parody or an arch exercise in style; instead, the film launches itself into a dreamspace of its own that has a unique power and pull.” (Sheila O’Malley for RogerEbert.com)
Post-screening discussion with RISD faculty and guests.
Related event: RISD Showcase
Saturday May 20th, 2:30 – 4:30, Danforth Room in the RISD Museum.
A presentation of work from a collaborative studio between RISD student teachers and Dorcas International clients from around the world.
Sponsored by the RISD President’s Social Equity Action initiative; Global Partners and Programs; the Divisions of Fine Arts and Liberal Arts; and the department of Film, Animation and Video; Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island.