Directed by: Mehdi Ganji
2017 / 70 mins
Persian with English Subtitles
“Puzzley” is the name of a four-member group of IT students who, in spite of suitable job opportunities and the opposition expressed by their families, want to start up their own business. Other than their education and determination, all they have is an idea. They need backing, experience and business knowledge, so they leave their small town to go to the capital city of Tehran to realize their dreams. They take time off from university and cram into the baggage compartment of a bus for a 15-hour trip to Tehran where the real challenges begin.
“For my generation who lived through the Iran/Iraq war and the turbulent 1980s in Iran, our greatest wish was to become a doctor or an engineer. We were taught to leave others behind in the marathon of life and work hard in order to attain our common stereotypes of success. Our dream was to live the life of a wealthy doctor or engineer as a member of the nouveau riche. Nobody taught us how to live creatively or which path to take for life or career. We were the products of a conformist mentality and our only duty was to keep our bank accounts full in order to maintain our living standards. This may be why, as a filmmaker, I have always been attracted to people who choose a different path, who change something and create new values. In fact, I believe I am searching for the missing parts of my own character.
Young people who take risks and stray from traditional and safe paths are positive role models. These people face all the difficulties that starting up a new business entails. They believe that collaboration and teamwork are more effective than trying to advance single-handedly. Spending time filming the stories of these ordinary extraordinary people who will never appear on the covers of bestselling magazines has inspired me and changed my life.”
Location: E101 @Westgate Building, State College, PA 16801 Date & Time: Sunday, April 14, at 4 PM – 5 PM
According to your requests about changing the date of GBM and Election and having good times in Blue and White Day in campus, we changed the date, we are going to meet and vote on Sunday, at Westgate Building E101.
We want to remind that, this Saturday, April 6th, we are going to have an outdoor party of 13-be-dar in Whipple Dam with a potluck tradition. Join us with your delicious snacks, desserts, rice or any other dishes for a great day out of town. We also appreciate ones who bring games and other fun activities. ISA will provide you with Joojeh-Kebab, Burgers, Sausage, buns, Soft drinks, Watermelon and disposables.
October 13, 1937
Directed by: Baktash Abtin
2018 / 67 mins
Persian with English Subtitles, Free Admission
‘October 13, 1937’ is a documentary about Iranian-Armenian maestro Loris Tjeknavorian, an Iranian Armenian composer and conductor. He is one of the most celebrated cultural figures in Armenia and Iran. As one of the leading conductors of his generation, he has led international orchestras throughout the world: in Austria, UK, United States’ Canada, Hungary, Copenhagen, Iran, Finland, USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Denmark, and Israel. His compositions have been performed by major orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra Helsinki, American Symphony Orchestra in New York, Tehran Symphony Orchestra, Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Mexico Symphony Orchestra, London Percussion Virtuosi, Strasbourg Percussion Ensemble and English Chamber Orchestra.
Tjeknavorian himself said the film is about a mad person, and “I have always said that the mad people make the world and the wise ruin it”.
“When I was told they were going to make a film about me I was afraid, since we are all making changes every day, I never thought about the replies to the questions in this film and gave the responses immediately. I am still a child and I never want to leave this childhood of mine because that world would have no pleasure for me.”
In 1963, Professor Carl Orff granted Loris Tjeknavorian a scholarship, which allowed him to reside in Salzburg and to complete his opera, Rostam and Sohrab, based on a story from the epic Shahnameh.
This Saturday, April 6th, ISA will be hosting for outdoor party of 13-be-dar in Wipple Dam with Joojeh-Kebab, Burgers, Watermelon and disposables. Join us with your delicious snacks, desserts, rice or any other dishes for a great day out of town. We also appreciate ones who bring games and other fun activities.