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The Harvard Film Archive welcomes the Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad for the series. Bani-Etemad will be present for two nights, April 25 and April 26, 2010, for screenings of her films, followed by a discussion with the audience.

This program is presented with support from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis, the ILEX Foundation, the Film Study Center at Harvard, Harvard College Women’s Center and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The ILEX Foundation Annual Festival of Films From Iran took place in January and February 2010 at the following venues:

ILEX Foundation presented its Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema to Maziar Bahari. The award was presented Saturday, January 9, 2010, in a private reception at the Koch Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The World Premier of Mr. Bahari's new film, An Iranian Odyssey Mossadegh, Oil and the 1963 Coup, followed the reception.

ILEX is pleased to announce the publication of Stri: Women in Epic Mahabharat, by Kevin McGrath. 2009. Harvard University Press.

This book is a study of heroic femininity as it appears in the epic Mahabharata, and focuses particularly on the roles of wife, daughter-in-law, and mother, on how these women speak and on the kinship groups and varying marital systems that surround them. Visit the Harvard University Press web site for more information.

First Award for Lifetime Achievement in Iranian Cinema to Dariush Mehrjui.

A Private Reception preceded the screening of Mr. Mehrjui’s film, Santouri: The Music Man, on Friday November 14, 2008, in the Koch Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Mr. Mehrjui receiving the award.

ILEX Foundation Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema, 2008.

Majidi Majidi is the 2008 recipient of ILEX Foundation Award for Excellence in Iranian Cinema

Majidi Majid receiving the award.

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