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Best of Festival Cinema Invisible


Redding chapter of the Euphrates Institute, in partnership with the Shasta County Arts Council, will host the international film festival The Best of Festival Cinema Invisible on January 6-7, 2017 at Old City Hall, 1313 Market Street, Redding, CA.

Films will screen on Friday, 1/6/17 from 6-10 p.m and Saturday, 1/7/17 from noon-10 p.m. The program will bring feature and short films (including animations) from the Middle East and North Africa. The line-up includes world, North America, US and regional premier films.

Tickets are available for purchase online . Full festival passes (which include all films on Friday and Saturday) are  $40, individual day passes are $25 and single session tickets are $10. Tickets and passes will also be available at the door (cash only).

FCI founder and President Mahmood Karimi-Hakak commented, “We hope our audience will come away with a greater understanding of the people of the MENA region, and that FCI can play a role in facilitating communication and understanding among nations, peoples and communities.”

Director of Public Affairs and Cultural Exchange Candace Burnham said, “I grew up in Redding and my family still lives here, so I’ve seen the arts community flourish over the years. It’s a really exciting time to bring this festival to Redding and we hope film enthusiasts will love our program of compelling MENA films.”

“We are thrilled to present these moving, captivating and thought-provoking films in Redding,” said Festival Cinema Invisible Artistic Director Scott Collins. “Film is a unique medium in that it’s accessible and can transcend borders and help break stereotypes.

‘The Best of Festival Cinema Invisible’ program features films that are based in historical and cultural traditions, but also unpack sensitive ideas of identity, childhood, disability, exile, conflict, gender, immigration, political upheaval and censorship.”

About the Organizers

Festival Cinema Invisible (FCI) is an independent, not-for-profit venue dedicated to the celebration of Middle Eastern arts and cinema. FCI believes there are several characteristics that can make a film “invisible”- hidden themes, being subjected to censorship in its country of origin and/or forgotten or ignored subject matter (among others). During its previous five annual festivals, FCI Festivals featured over 150 films from Iran and the broader region that were world, North America, national and regional premiers.

Festival Cinema Invisible President Mahmood Karimi-Hakak is a poet, author, translator and theatre and filmmaker, who has written, produced, directed, and designed over 50 stage and screenplays in the U.S., Europe and Iran. His plays and films have received international acclaim and awards at festivals such as Edinburgh, Netherlands, Berlin, Delhi, Montreal, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, Los Angeles and Tehran. A recipient of the 2009 Fulbright, and 2005 Raymond Kennedy awards, Karimi-Hakak’s literary credits include six plays, two books of poetry, several translations from and into the Persian language and numerous articles and interviews both in English and Persian.

Euphrates Institute was founded in 2006 in response to the critical national interests at stake in the Middle East, coupled with the troubling lack of public awareness about the region–especially regarding the local grassroots efforts to elevate society, reduce terrorism, and promote freedom.

Festival Cinema Invisible Founder and President Mahmood Karimi-Hakak will be in Redding Jan 5-8 and Candace Burnham, Director of Public Affairs and graduate of Shasta High, will be in Redding Dec 31-Jan 9 for in-person media interviews. Mahmood Karimi-Hakak, a university professor, is available to present to organizations/groups in Redding during his stay. Possible topics include: “The role of Iranian youth in the political evolution of the country,” “Shakespeare and globalization,” “Peace building through the arts,” “Artist as change agents,” Iranian Cinema of the 21st century,” and readings in Persian/English of original poetry and of the masters Hafez, Forough and Iraj.