Program 3: Dead End

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 6:00 pm
Asia Society Museum

Screening Program 3: Dead End
As part of Iranian New Wave 1960s-1970s (Film Series)

The Cow
95 min. Color.
A young woman (Mary Apik) lives on a dead end street with her family. A mysterious man has been following her. Who is he? Is he a secret admirer or someone who is plotting harm? While the young woman draws up romantic fantasies, fear sets in as the man’s omnipresence alludes to the pervasive surveillance carried out by the secret police force, SAVAK, set up by the Shah’s regime. Due to the film’s underlying political theme and the portrayal of female subjectivity, it became banned by both regimes pre- and post-revolution and continue to be inaccessible in Iran even today. Although never shown in Iran, the film won actress Mary Apik the Best Actress Award at the Moscow Film Festival.

Followed by director Q&A, moderated by Jamsheed Akrami, director of The Lost Cinema and Professor of Media Studies and Production, William Paterson University.

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Above: Parviz Sayyad, “Dead End” (1977). 96 min. Color. Courtesy of Asia Society Museum.