Before the Revolution
  • Jerry and Me
Showings
Castro TheatreMon, Jul 29, 2013 1:15 PM Not Available
 
Cinearts at Palo Alto SquareWed, Aug 7, 2013 3:50 PM Not Available
 
Grand Lake TheaterSat, Aug 10, 2013 1:45 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Director(s):Dan Shadur
Country:Israel
Year of Production:2013
Running Time:60
Language(s):Hebrew with English Subtitles
Categories:Borders
Premiere Status:United States Premiere
Genre-Subject:Immigration
Description

During the reign of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran and Israel were close allies, a far cry from the sworn enemies they have since become. This bond went far deeper than simply trade or diplomacy. Eager to establish himself as a Middle East power broker, the Shah opened Iran’s doors to Israeli advisors, businessmen and their families. The Iranian economy flourished while the lucky Jewish transplants lived a disco-era dolce vita of unbelievable wealth and prosperity. But there was a dark side to all of this. The Shah’s corrupt regime kept millions living in poverty and under the thumb of the feared secret police, the SAVAK. A real life Argo doc thriller packed with Super 8 footage and fond remembrances of an unlikely alliance that shows no immediate sign of being rekindled. – Thomas Logoreci


Preceded by:
Jerry and Me
United States, 2012, 38 mins. English,Farsi with English subs
Director/Screenwriter: Mehrnaz Saeedvafa

Iranian filmmaker Mehrnaz Saeedvafa examines questions of identity utilizing a surprising metaphor: the comedies of Jerry Lewis. While a young girl in pre-revolutionary Tehran, Saeedvafa was fascinated by the spastic Jewish funnyman who was often dubbed into Farsi. Years later, she reconsiders all things Jerry in the light of an uncomfortable personal encounter. - Thomas Logoreci


CO-SPONSORED BY THE ISRAEL CENTER OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY FEDERATION AND ENDOWMENT FUND


Included Shorts
Jerry and Me (38min) More
Additional Information
A graduate of the Film and Television Department in Tel Aviv Universtiy, Dan was a writer and editor in some of the main newspapers in Israel, before shifting into Film and TV making. Dan was the founder and chief editor of the cultural section of Globes - Israel's leading finanical newspaper, and founder of Shadurian Publisher's - a publishing house for cutting edge literature from Israeli and international writers. In the last couple of years he made a few shorts, video clips and various works for TV, including a 30 minutes fiction film - Sunburn.
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