‘Docunight’ features films with connections to Iran

promotional graphic for "Sohrab, A Journey" documentary about Iranian filmmaker Sohrab Shahid SalessDocunight, co-sponsored by the Penn State University Libraries and the Iranian Student Association, will present monthly documentary films about, around, or in Iran, or made by Iranians, the first Wednesday of every month in 2017. Screenings take place across several cities in North America.

At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus, Docunight will feature “Sohrab, A Journey,” (2016), about filmmaker Sohrab Shahid Saless. Returning to Iran after studying cinema and living abroad, Saless makes a daring choice for his career path and becomes a pioneer in Iranian cinema. His features “A Simple Event” and “Still Life” are remembered today as the most important and most influential first examples of the formation of Iranian modern cinema. “Sohrab, A Journey,” directed by Omid Abdollahi, is in Persian with English subtitles.