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The White Meadows

The White Meadows

The White Meadows (2009). (The Global Film Initiative)

Part of the series
A Tribute to Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Dir. Mohammad Rasoulof. 2009.
Iran. 93 min. 35mm.
In Persian with English subtitles.

In this dreamlike film, a boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters around a coastal land, collecting the stories of heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. As he witnesses misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again, whether by offering a bride to the sea or penalizing a painter who sees in different colors, the boatman remains powerless. The deeply poetic film is an allegory of intolerance, brutality and superstition. Film edited by Jafar Panahi. Director Rasoulof received a 6-year jail sentence along with Panahi. Both are appealing their sentences. Read more details here.

Film introduced by Hamid Dabashi, Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, and Shahram Karimi, production designer of The White Meadows.

Co-presented with The Global Film Initiative (GFI). Read a message from GFI about this film here.

Golden Seashell Award, San Sebasti??n International Film Festival

'A gorgeously wrought fable''Nick Schager, Slant magazine

'A devastating but oblique critique of theocracy''Henry Stewart, L Magazine

Watch a trailer

This series is part of Creative Voices of Islam in Asia, a three-year initiative made possible by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Event Details

25 February 2011
1:45pm - 3:30pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Free admission. Limit to 2 tickets per person. Registered tickets can be picked up starting at 5:00 pm on the day of event. Tickets not picked up by 6:35 pm will be forfeited.