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Docunight #50 [Penn State]: Poets of Life

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: W315 Pattee Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Director: Shirin Barghnavard
Artistic Consultant: Rakhshan Banietemad
Producer: Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
2017 / 73 mins
Persian with English Subtitles
ADMISSION IS FREE

Shirin Parsi is a rice farmer, but not an ordinary one. After receiving a BA in French literature from the University of Paris, she returned to Iran and decided not to live in the megapolis capital, Tehran. Her husband had inherited land in Shanderman, a village near the Caspian Sea, so they moved there and took up rice farming. The Parsi family – including their two sons, who have stayed to farm with their parents – has instituted innovations in rice production. They promote sustainable farming and refrain from using chemical pesticides and fertilizers. In a region where more and more farmers are selling their farms at very cheap prices to developers, the Parsis produce 100% organic rice. Shirin and her family have chosen an exemplary lifestyle which is rich in indigenous values. In addition to rice farming, she spends time as a social activist and volunteers with several local NGOs. She is especially active in women’s groups where she focuses on raising awareness. This film follows Shirin preparing the rice paddies until the rice harvest, as well as showing her social activities, as she attempts to bring about social and environmental change.

Karestan documentary films series are the story of Iranian entrepreneurs (men and women) who, both in big and small terms, take risks and change their lives and those of others by creating innovative ideas and values. Their impact, although confined to a small scale and within a limited and local geography, will bring about an inspiring atmosphere for change.

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Docunight #49 [Penn State]: Weavers of Imagination & The Season of Warm Breezes (double feature)

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Weavers of Imagination
Directed by: Sadegh Jafari
2017 / 21 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of Special Narrative Award, ARC festival in Germany, The Grand Prix at the 4th International Documentary Film Festival and Transmedia (RIOS) in Portugal, The Best Documentary film at the Lifft India Awards in India, and The Best Foreign Language Documentary Film Award in 2017 Cardiff International Film Festival in Wales.

‘Weavers of Imagination’ recounts the life of a number of visually-impaired people who weave rugs together and how the simple fact of working together fills them with a great sense of happiness.

The Season of Warm Breezes
Directed by: Hossein Rigi
2017 / 43 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Winner of The Jean-Loup Passek Award for best short or medium international film of the  Filmes do Homem – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal.

‘The Season of Warm Breezes’ follows a teacher in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province who tries to eradicate illiteracy among female residents. She, who had been unlettered till the age of 12, sticks to her roadmap to educate girls and women.

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ISA Elections 2018-2019

Location: 102 Leonhard Bldg, University Park, PA 16802-6815, United States
Date & Time: Monday, May 7,  at 4 PM – 6 PM

 

Dear all,

As you all know, the current batch of ISA officers will soon retire and we are going to conduct elections for you to take on the reigns for the next academic year. If we want to have an ISA this year (Norouz, Yalda, picnics and all the fun!) we must gather around and elect the officers for the next year, 2018-2019. So, on the next Monday the 7th of May, again please join us for dinner and refreshments and as we review 2017-2018 we cast our votes for new officers for 2018-2019.
Active members, please move mountains if you have to and attend this meeting as we need at least 2/3 of our active members to vote for a constitution amendment that we wish to propose. Also, please RSVP here so that we know beforehand that we will have enough active members.

What?...ISA Elections
When?…Monday, May 7th
Where?…102 Leonhard Building
Is there going to be free food?…Yes, absolutely! Dinner is on us 😉
Should I be there?? I mean it’s summer time I could be anywhere…YES!! This is the one meeting you MUST attend if you are an active member!!.

Hope to see you all then,

ISA officers

Only people who have paid the $20 membership fee prior to an event are considered active members. ISA is a non-profit organization, your membership fees go only towards improving your events. As always any donations to ISA are greatly appreciated.

Immigration and Employment Options & Free Consultation

Date and Time:Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:00pm
LocationWestgate Building, Room W201,  University Park, PA 16802

Iranian Student Association in colaboration with Thomas J. Arkell from Dunn Law Firm, LLP presents.
The topics addressed in the seminar include:

  • Applications for Permanent Residence (“Green Cards”)
  • NIW (National Interest Waiver) petitions
  • Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A) petitions
  • Transitioning from F-1 OPT or J-1 to H-1B and issues related to the “H-1B Cap”
  • Recent changes in immigration, Executive Orders and related issues
  • 20 years of experience and low attorney’s fees with full refund if NIW is denied

BIO: Thomas J. Arkell is partner with Dunn Law Firm, LLP, which was founded in 1915.  He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Notre Dame where he was an international student before becoming a permanent resident and then U.S. citizen. Mr. Arkell has successfully filed green card applications on behalf of thousands of researchers, scientists and professors throughout the United States. Mr. Arkell is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

If you would like to have a free 10-15 minute individual consultation (limited spots available), please email your CV and Google Scholar profile to Stacy Rinkenberger at stacy@dunnlaw.com.

Dr. Firouz Naderi’s Talk at Penn State

Location: 112 Kern Building
Date & Time: Friday, April 6th, 6 PM – 7:30 PM

 

Iranian Student Association (ISA) in collaboration with the Department of Aerospace Engineering has invited Dr. Firouz Naderi to Penn State to give a talk. Title of this multi-disciplinary talk is: “How did humans come to be on planet earth, and where to next?”

Dr. Naderi is the former Director for Solar System Exploration at NASA’s JPL where he spent more than 30 years in various technical and senior executive positions. Best known for his leadership of the Mars exploration program, he has contributed to some of the most iconic NASA robotic missions to various corners of the solar system.

We also would have a lunch with him on Friday 12:00 PM at Federal Taphouse in downtown. If you would like to talk to him personally you can join us for the lunch.

This talk is open to the public and the duration is 90 minutes. Hope to see you all there.

 

Short Films Screening

Date: Fri March 30th, Sat March 31st, Sun Apr 1st., 6:30-9:30 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, Pattee Library

Dear friends,

The official screening of Hilaj Film & Theatre Festival by Shahrzad Dadgar and in association with Penn State University (The Center for Global Studies and Penn State Libraries).

Norooz Gala 1397 (جشن نوروز ۱۳۹۷)

Location: Alumni Hall @Hub-Robeson Center, State College, PA 16801
Date and Time: Saturday, March 17 at 6:30 PM – 11:59 PM

 

 

Dear Friends,

Iranian Student Association(ISA) at Penn State University is once again proud to present Norooz Gala held on March 17. As you must know, Norooz is perhaps the most ancient Iranian tradition that celebrates the first day of Spring that is also the Iranian new year’s eve. Thus, the Norooz Gala is held every year by ISA at Penn State is not only the most prestigious event of the year, but it is one of the largest and most famous ones in the US. The night will include different performances such as Persian dance, videos, live concert by Mansour and his band, Dj performances guaranteeing you the best times on the dance floor and of course delicious Iranian dishes including Ghormesabzi, Gheyme, JoojehKabob, Tahchin, Kashk-o-Bademjan, Kookoo Sabzi and many more, so come full of energy but hungry!

We will be selling tickets on the following occasions:

Monday, Feb 26, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm
Tuesday, Feb 27, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm
Wednesday, Feb 28, HUB-Robeson Center, table #3, 4:00-6:00 pm

Tickets are available for cash or checks. $25 for students and $50 for the general public. Credit/Debit cards are not accepted. Please purchase your tickets with haste as they are liable to sell out quickly.
Only if you are out of town these days, please contact us via email (psu.isa@gmail.com).

Let’s have a memorable evening together,

ISA officers

 

Docunight #42 [Penn State]: Iran’s Arrow

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

IRAN’S ARROW
The Rise and Fall of Paykan

Directed by: Shahin Armin, Sohrab Daryabandari
2016 / 78 min
Persian with English subtitles

On the spring of 1967, when the first Paykan rolled off the assembly line on an outskirt of Tehran, no one thought this car would be produced for 38 years, or that it could have such an impact on a whole nation.

Iran’s Arrow features numerous talking heads who share a common interest for the country’s emblematic car, ranging from historical to sociological analyses, from technical to artistic expertise and from sheer passion to a complicated love-hate relationship. The film uses rare archival footage, as well as a large collection of vintage photos and imagery, to document the history of Paykan, the way it’s been perceived throughout the years, and its links with Iran’s major historical and sociological landmarks, such as the White Revolution (1963), the industrialization, the rise of the middle class, the Islamic Revolution (1979), the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and social economic mutations of the post-war era.

Older Paykan owners – including official and unofficial taxi drivers- testify of the fundamental role it played and still plays in their everyday life, as a means of transport, a source of income, and sometimes an achievement in itself. A number of Paykan enthusiasts, most of them from the younger generation, are being interviewed about their very special relationship with the car they grew up with. The film also documents the decline of the Paykan, while showing how it is still very much alive in the culture and memory of the country. Interviews are also conducted with artists who use Paykan as a medium or the subject of their art.

Shahin Armin is an automotive design-engineer and a lifelong Paykan expert. Born in Tehran and a car enthusiast before he could even talk or walk, he moved to the US in his twenties and worked in the US car industry for 13 years (Chrysler, Michigan and Honda America, Ohio).
Although he worked on the design of modern and sophisticated cars, he could never get the Paykan out of his head. In 2009 he started thePaykanHunter.com blog, thus initiating an extensive research about Iran’s emblematic car. Upon returning to Tehran in 2012, he co-curated two Paykan themed art exhibitions exhibiting work from prominent Iranian artists.
Iran’s Arrow is a result of his many years of extensive research into the history of this car, his experiences interacting with his fellow Paykan enthusiasts, and his comprehensive understanding of the car’s impact on Iranian society.

Sohrab Daryabandari is a Tehran based professional photographer and filmmaker whose 25 year-long careers has been stretching between almost all areas of expertise in analog and digital photography. His work has ranged from journalistic, commercial, and artistic to architectural and industrial photography, which later lead him to edit as well as industrial, artistic and documentary filmmaking.
His photographic work, which was regularly exhibited and published in Iran and Europe, has later been influencing his filmmaking, notably in Dammam (Iran, 2003) and Sharveh (Iran, 2005), his two documentaries on ethnic Iranian music.
Iran’s Arrow owes him its remarkable photography, the minute treatment of archive material, and its overall filmmaking and editing quality, considering the conditions of production and the limited resources.