August 2019 archive

Docunight #59 [Penn State]: Janbal [Reminder]

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

Directed by: Mina Bozorgmehr & Hadi Kamali Moghadam
2017 / 65 mins
Persian with English Subtitles

Inspired by an ancient Hormoz Island myth in which people sacrifice clothes of the deceased to the sea so that the goddess Sea-Mother will cleanse their souls, Janbal takes stories told by the island’s dwellers as its starting point, and playfully finds its form from there.

Musa is enchanted by the sounds of the sea. He collects clothes from its shore to create pictorial visions of the Sea-Daughter; he plays the jahleh (clay pot) to keep alive the sound of her voice; he writes stories.


Directed by celebrated video and performance duo Mina Bozorgmehr and Hadi Kamali Moghadam, Janbal takes cinematic storytelling to realms rarely explored, blurring the real and the imaginative in a richly textured and poetic form that is inventive, rhythmic, and visually out-of-this-world.

Volunteers for 2019 Newcomers Welcoming

Hello Friends

By the beginning of August, our new friends from Iran will be coming to State College to start their academic journey here in Penn State University. With the help of its volunteers, ISA is planning to give them a complimentary ride from University Park Airport to their places and another ride for new home essentials shopping (at Walmart or other shopping centers) to let them have a great start here. We appreciate those friends who volunteer for these rides. To do so, please fill the form to let us know your free times to match you with our new friends.

ISA Officers