ISA GBM & Dance Party, November 1st

Dear friends and the residents of the Happy Valley,

We are more than happy to announce that we will be gathering around for the next general body meeting of the Iranian Student Association on Friday, November 1st. We will discuss our further plans and future events. In this meeting, you will have the opportunity to become an active member of our organization with a single-time fee of $20 per person for the whole year! The meeting will be followed by a Persian dance party in which the attendants will be provided with snacks and pizza. The fee for attending only the dance party would be $10 per person. However, a special offer of a 50% discount for the cover fee will be provided only for the new active members, and they will only pay $5 as the cover fee. The exact agenda of the meeting would be provided shortly.

Date and time: Friday, November 1st, 8:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Location: Toftrees Clubhouse, State College, PA.

Please RSVP (https://forms.gle/gMBcQLRLEQ6subKv5), and feel free to contact any of the current ISA officers if you require any further information.

Hope to see you all very soon,
ISA officers.

Let’s Play Soccer

Dear Iranian friends

As you know, every year there is a series of soccer competitions in Penn State among different nationality teams. Here is good news: ISA club is going to participate in this year’s contest as Iran National Team!
The ones who are interested in joining the team please contact our captain, Sina Sayyah via email (sayyah@psu.edu) or ISA VP, Ali via email (alighaz@psu.edu) by Friday, October 18th midnight. Please note that the entrance fee ($50) will be paid by ISA.

Game schedule:
Date: 11/3/19 and 11/10/19
Time: 10 AM to 5 PM
Location: West Turf Field
More information: https://iscpennstate.psu.edu/2019/10/02/iscs-annual-world-cup/

 

Best Regards,

ISA Officers

Docunight #61 [Penn State]: The Broker [Reminder]

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

#61: The Broker
Directed by: Azadi Moghadam
2018 / 61 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival
Official Selection, New Horizons Film Festival

Inside this traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are determined to find their clients a husband — regardless of their personal feelings or preferences.

Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it’s the man who gets to choose and that a woman without a spouse doesn’t have an identity. Even a temporary marriage would be better than remaining unwed, they say. Which doesn’t mean these surprising brokers don’t harshly lecture their male clients as well, or that their conservative views don’t come with a good dose of humor — especially since two of them are, ironically, single.

Shot almost entirely inside the confines of their tiny office, The Broker conveys a sense of claustrophobia that mirrors many women’s situations and offers a shocking, tragicomic reminder that the fiercest agents of the patriarchy aren’t always men.

Docunight #61 [Penn State]: The Broker

Date: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

#61: The Broker
Directed by: Azadi Moghadam
2018 / 61 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival
Official Selection, New Horizons Film Festival

Inside this traditional Iranian dating agency, the manager, Mrs. Sadri, and her female employees are determined to find their clients a husband — regardless of their personal feelings or preferences.

Shuffling through files and making agitated phone calls, they constantly remind their mortified customers that it’s the man who gets to choose and that a woman without a spouse doesn’t have an identity. Even a temporary marriage would be better than remaining unwed, they say. Which doesn’t mean these surprising brokers don’t harshly lecture their male clients as well, or that their conservative views don’t come with a good dose of humor — especially since two of them are, ironically, single.

Shot almost entirely inside the confines of their tiny office, The Broker conveys a sense of claustrophobia that mirrors many women’s situations and offers a shocking, tragicomic reminder that the fiercest agents of the patriarchy aren’t always men.

Masnavi Manavi, The Spiritual Couplets, reading and discussion group

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7-8:30 PM
Location: Green Room, Krause Innovation Center, Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802

هم نشيني هاي مثنوي معنوي ( مولانا ) بطور معمول هر پنجشنبه ساعت 19 برگزار می شود. عمده اطلاع رساني ها از جمله تغییر در زمان و مکان هم نشینی و همچنین موضوع مورد بحث جلسه آتی از طريق گروه تلگرام ذیل به اطلاع علاقه مندان خواهد رسید.با عضو شدن در این گروه از جزئیات نشست ها مطلع شوید.

Telegram Group:
https://t.me/joinchat/BB4_HwngybBiM_roICL6DA

Masnavi Manavi, The Spiritual Couplets, is an extensive poem written in Persian by Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi also known as Rumi. ISA Masnavi reading and discussion group would like to invite Persian poetry and literature enthusiasts. Gatherings are usually held every Thursday at 7 pm in the Krause Innovation Studio, and more information can be found in the Telegram group.

Please contact Sohail Sadroleslami (sbs5622@psu.edu) if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,
ISA Officers

 

Bald Eagle picnic feedback

Dear Friends

Thank you everyone who joined us in the first picnic of this academic year, it was our pleasure to have all of you there.
We will be more than thankful if anyone who have taken photos, send them to us via email to PSU.ISA@gmail.com or via telegram to our officers. We will share them with you after collecting. We are also eagerly waiting to know your comments and suggestions for the next events. Feel free to inform us about your critics.

Sincerely,
ISA Officers

Bald Eagle Picnic (September 7th, 2019) Reminder

Dear All

 

ISA is going to have a picnic at Bald Eagle Park (Location) on Saturday, September 7th, with Lunch (Burgers, Veggie burgers, Joojeh-Kabab, and sides) and games.

RSVP (by this Link) By the form and let us know whether you can give a ride or need a ride to the location (about 30 minutes drive from campus) and the number of people accompanying you, as well.

 

Time: Saturday, September 7th, 12 PM to 6 PM
Location: Bald Eagle Park (Location)
Cover Fee: 10$ (Bring your cash please, Soheil will take the fee)
and, don’t forget to RSVP (by this Link)

 

See you, have fun till then

ISA Officers

Bald Eagle Picnic (September 7th, 2019)

Dear Friends

Happy new academic year, let’s enjoy the weather before it goes too cold!
ISA has planned a picnic at Bald Eagle Park (Location) on Saturday, September 7th, with Lunch (Burgers, Veggie burgers, Joojeh-Kabab, and sides) and games. You are more than welcome to bring your special side/salad/ meals/ non-alcoholic drinks and invite your foreign friends to join us.

Please RSVP (by this Link) By the form, you can inform us if you can give a ride or need a ride to the location (about 30 minutes drive from campus) and the number of people accompanying you, as well.

Time: Saturday, September 7th, 12 PM to 6 PM
Location: Bald Eagle Park (Location)
Cover Fee: 10$ (Bring your cash please, Soheil will take the fee)
and, don’t forget to RSVP (by this Link)

Waiting to see you all,

ISA Officers

Docunight #59 [Penn State]: Finding Farideh

Date: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

 

Finding Farideh
Directed by: Kourosh Ataee, Azadeh Moussavi
2018 / 88 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

 

Iran’s entry for the international feature film category
in the 92nd Academy Awards (the Oscars) in 2020.

“Finding Farideh” is a feature-length documentary about an Iranian girl named Farideh, who had been abandoned in a holy shrine in Iran when she was 6 months old in 1976, and then she got adopted by a Dutch couple and left Iran to the Netherlands to start her new life. Her parents promised to take her to Iran when she turns 18, but it never happened because they always thought that Iran is a dangerous country to go. Now, she overcomes her fears and starts a personal journey to her motherland Iran for the first time to meet three families who claim to be her biological family and to find out about her Iranian identity and culture.

Festivals:

  • Cinema Verite International Film Festival, Iran
  • Fadjr International Film Festival, Iran
  • Iranian Film festival in Cologne, Germany
  • Prague Iranian Film Festival, Czech Republic
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, USA
  • Docudays UA International film festival, Ukraine
  • Zurich Iranian Film Festival, Switzerland
  • Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey
  • Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, Russia

Awards:

  • Winner of the Special Prize of the Tataristan’s President for “Humanity in Cinema” at Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, Russia
  • Winner of 4 awards in Iran’s international documentary film festival “Cinema Verite” : (Best Film in Art & Experience Section, Best Editing, Best Music and Festival director’s special prize).
  • Winner of the best documentary award at the 20th Iran’s Cinema Celebration Academy Awards.
  • Winner of an honorary diploma for best directing and the award for best sound design in the 10th Independent Celebration of Iranian Documentary Films.
  • Winner of the best documentary film in the 1st “Cinema Cinema Academy Awards”

Happy 19-20 Academic Year!

SALAM!

Welcome to all new students and welcome back to those returning!
Exciting times as a new semester begins.

Iranian Student Association at Penn State is a non-religious and non-political organization for all students, faculty and alumni of Penn State who is interested in Iranian culture. Please invite your new friends to our club.

Find us on instagram (https://instagram.com/psu.isa), telegram (https://t.me/ISAPennState) and our website (http://sites.psu.edu/isapsu/) and keep updated with our exciting indoor and outdoor events.

As good starts for newcomers, we’ll see you in the first DocuNight of this academic year, with Iran’s entry for the international feature film category in the 92nd Academy Awards (The Oscars) in 2020, ,Finding Farideh, on Wednesday, September 4th and then, let’s celebrate the beginning of the new semester with a picnic to Bald Eagle Park on Saturday, September 7th. Make it on your calendar. You will be notified soon about the registration.

We can’t wait to see you all
ISA officers

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