Persian Academic and Cultural Student Association
We are honored to welcome our guests Parviz Sayyad, Mary Apick, and Apick Youseffian to our first PACSA Cinematheque event of the semester on Thursday, October 25th. We will be screening “Dead End”, a film written and directed by Parviz Sayyad, a celebrated actor, director, and screenwriter of Iranian cinema. Mr. Sayyad is well remembered for his role in his first film, “Hasan Kachal” and his role as “Samad Agha” in the famous “Samad” film series.
Mary Apick is an Iranian-Armenian stage, television and film actress who won the award for Best Actress at the 10th Moscow International Film Festival for her role in the film “Dead End.” Her mother, Apick Youssefian, is also known for her role in “Dead End” as well as other films such as “The Cry of the Village” and “The Keeper.” Please join us on Thursday, October 25th from 7PM-9PM in Seeley G. Mudd Building (SGM) room 123 for the opportunity to watch this critically-acclaimed film beside these renowned figures in world of Iranian cinema. We hope to see you all there!
PACSA is honored to announce that this year we will work in collaboration with Docunight and the Kiarostami Foundation to screen documentaries on the first Thursday of each month. Docunight is a grassroots initiative to screen documentaries about Iran, or made by Iranians. Docunight screenings take place across many cities in North America, and we hope that the University of Southern California (USC) will become a distinguished center in Los Angeles. We are excited to share these documentaries not only with people who are familiar with them, but also with the community at large.
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Panel discussion featuring Professors Hashem Pesaran, Mohsen Milani, and Laurie Brand.
Talk by Mohsen Namjoo: Rhythm in Persian Poetry with a Slant on Linguistic Poetry.
In spirit of Nowruz celebrations and family reunions, an exhibition displays of 20 prominent Iranian musicians whose music is interwoven in every Iranian’s day to day life, will take place throughout USC campus. On each stand, visitors can listen to music using the headphones or access the playlists on Spotify.
The outstanding Iranian documentary, Femininity, was screened exclusively for the first time outside of Iran. The screening was followed by a panel discussion about social issues faced by Iranian women, featuring Prof. Nayereh Tohidi (California State University, Northridge), Prof. Lisa Leeman (USC), Prof. Kevan Harris (UCLA) and Prof. Guilan Siassi (USC).
Professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak was PACSA’s Distinguished Lecture Series speaker for Spring 2018.
Sara Naeini & band were the performers for PACSA's annual concert.
An exclusive lecture on the intersection of Iranian folkloric and modern dance by the renowned connoisseur of Iranian Dance: Farzaneh Kaboli.
Talk and workshop by National Geographic's science journalist Babak Tafreshi.
Second round of creative writing workshops taught by Hossein Abkenar.
Panel discussion with Jonathan Rosenbaum, Homayoun Ershadi, and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh followed by the US premier of 24 Frames and screening of Taste of Cherry.
Talk followed by personal portfolio review session with Reza Deghati of National Geographic.
A Lecture by Professor Hashem Pesaran
A performance by Tara Kamangar and Virgil Boutellis-Taft.
By Dr. Hooshang Seyhoun.
Screening of the Separation right before Asghar Farhadi's historical Academy Award.