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The White Meadows
Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 7:00pm to Sunday, July 17, 2011 - 8:30pm

Saturday, July 16, 9:00 PM
Sunday, July 17, 7:00 PM

As part of its Global Lens series, the Northwest Film Center is proud to present two screenings of the acclaimed Iranian film The White Meadows, from director Mohammad Rasoulof.

Iran 2009
Director: Mohammad Rasoulof

Rasoulof’s enigmatic feature tells the story of Rahmat, an elderly man who collects the tears of souls in pain in a tiny pitcher—remaining all the while a nonjudgmental witness to the absurd havoc wreaked by the powers that be. Traveling by boat to scenes of sorrow through a seascape dotted with salty white islands and cliffs, he encounters a woman consigned to the sea for rejecting an unwanted marriage, an artist punished for his choice of colors, a young virgin drowned as a sacrifice to the gods in hopes of rain, and other unfortunates. An allegory for government persecution of artistic expression, this elegant, poetic feature is both timely and timeless. Like the waters Rahmat sails, the tears of the grief-stricken, which are said to turn to pearls, are expansive. (92 mins.)

Sponsored by the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center

All screenings take place in the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

Tickets are $9 general admission; $8 students, seniors, Portland Art Museum members

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Watch the trailer