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Special Welcoming Event with Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti  ― Film Screenings & Talk ― (6/10)

※ Notice: The venue has changed to Waseda Main Campus, building #10, room #109.


The Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies welcomes Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti to Japan with a screening of two of her films, followed by a talk with the actress herself. Taraneh Alidoosti starred in the film “The Salesman”, directed by Asghar Farhadi, which won of the most recent Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. She is visiting for the Japanese opening of “The Salesman”. This event will feature a screening of two of her earlier films, as well as a post-screening talk including a Q&A period. Taraneh Alidoosti’s career as a film actress began in her teens. She has garnered acclaim in recent years for her performances films such as Asghar Farhadi’s “About Elly”, and attention for boycotting the most recent Academy Awards ceremony in opposition to the Trump administration’s attempt to ban people from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Don’t miss this unique chance to hear directly from this vibrant leading actress in international cinema. Admission is free. Reservations are not required.

Please have a look at the poster here!  スクリーンショット 2017-06-01 9.48.29

◎Time:  June 10th (Sat) 2017, 13:45  (doors open at 13:00)

◎Place: Waseda University, Waseda Main Campus, building #10, room #109  (Map)



13:00  Doors open

13:45  Opening remarks

14:00  Film Screening #1: “I’m Taraneh, 15”  (2002, Iran, 110 min.)

15:50   break

16:00   Film Screening #2: “Modest Reception”  (2012, Iran, 100 min.)

17:40   Talk with Taraneh Alidoosti (incl. Q&A)

18:20   End


※NOTE: Both films are in Persian with English subtitles. The talk will have consecutive interpreting in Persian and Japanese. The actress will only be in attendance for the talk portion of the program.


◎About the Films

I’m Taraneh, 15 (من ترانه ١٥ سال دارم)

Directed by Rasul Sadrameli, Winner – Best Actress – Locarno International Film Festival

Synopsis: Fifteen-year-old Taraneh, whose widowed father is in jail, refuses the unwanted attentions of carpet salesman Amir – until Amir’s mother, at the insistence of his son, talks Taraneh into accepting Amir’s marriage proposal. However, instead of a typical marriage, the union is in form of a temporary religious ceremony. Within four months the couple realize that they are incompatible, they divorce and Amir emigrates back to Germany. When Taraneh discovers that she is pregnant she decides against all advice and intense social pressure, to keep the baby.


Modest Reception (پذیرایی ساده)

Directed by Mani Haghighi, Winner – NETPAC Prize for Best Asian Film – Berlin International Film Festival

Synopsis: A man and a woman drive through a war-torn mountain road in their SUV. The car is stuffed with plastic bags full of cash. The man and the woman are giving money away to the poor souls they encounter on the road. Is this a good-will mission? A game of honor and temptation? A psychotic gamble? As the car ploughs through the icy terrain, answers become increasingly elusive and tension is built up to an unbearable pitch.


Event Sponsor:  Waseda University Organization for Islamic Area Studies

Co-sponsor:  Star Sands Corp. Ltd.


If you have any questions about this event, please email us:  islam-info [at]

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