With the conceptual rigor and emotional directness associated with the best of Iranian cinema, Oskouei simply listens to the stories of those who have never been listened to before.
— Scott Tobias, Variety
This screening is in conjunction with The Seventh Art Stand, a nation-wide film series presented by movie theaters and community centers across the U.S. as an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia.
The Nickelodeon Theatre is proud to partner with The Columbia World Affairs Council to present Starless Dreams. The film will be followed by a conversation on Iranian culture and the impact of the proposed travel ban on our society and the Iranian community living in the United States.
The post-film discussion will be led by The Executive Director of the Columbia World Affairs Council, Dickson Monk and Dara Azar, an Iranian graduate student at USC. Dara moved to the US to pursue his dreams and become a researcher in the field of Cardiovascular Tissue Mechanics. Azar believes that through Starless Dreams, Iranian Director Mehrdad Oskouei sheds light on a topic that is rarely talked about by giving voice to characters with unimaginable experiences.
Director: Mehrdad Oskouei
Starless Dreams plunges us into the lives of young teenage girls sharing temporary quarters at a juvenile detention center on the outskirts of Tehran. Director Mehrdad Oskouei, one of Iran’s most prominent filmmakers, spent seven years securing access to this all-female facility. As the New Year approaches, the girls bond, and reveal—with playfully disarming honesty—the circumstances and acts that resulted in their incarceration.