DNI-NEWS Digest - 14 Feb 1998 to 15 Feb 1998

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Topics of the day:

1. sport: US-IRAN Wrestling
2. A two-day Retrospective of Abbas Kiarostami's Films at NYU

sport: US-IRAN Wrestling


DATE=2/14/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-226765
TITLE=U-S / IRAN WRESTLING
BYLINE=ALI FARHOODI
DATELINE=WASHINGTON
CONTENT=
VOICED AT: (NOT VOICED)

INTRO: FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 1979 REVOLUTION, A SPORTS
TEAM FROM THE UNITED STATES WILL TRAVEL TO IRAN. A FIVE MEMBER
U-S MEN'S WRESTLING TEAM WILL ARRIVE IN TEHRAN ON MONDAY TO
COMPETE IN AN INTERNATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT LATER IN THE
WEEK. V-O-A'S ALI FARHOODI REPORTS.

TEXT: IN LIGHT OF TENSE TIES BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES, MANY
LIKEN THIS TRIP TO THE SO CALLED PING PONG DIPLOMACY INVOLVING
THE UNITED STATES AND CHINA IN THE EARLY 1970'S, WHICH LED TO
ESTABLISHMENT OF TIES BETWEEN THE WASHINGTON AND BEIJING.

HOWEVER, THE PRESIDENT OF THE U-S WRESTLING FEDERATION, WHO WILL
ACCOMPANY THE TEAM TO IRAN, EMPHASIZES THE SPORTS NATURE OF THE
JOURNEY. IN AN INTERVIEW WITH V-O-A'S FARSI SERVICE, LARRY
SCIACHETANO SAYS HIS TEAM IS NOT A POLITICAL EMISSARY AND
SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED ONE.

MR SCIACHETANO SAYS THE AMERICAN WRESTLERS ARE EXCITED TO GO TO
IRAN AND COMPETE WITH THEIR IRANIAN COUNTERPARTS, WHOM HE
DESCRIBED AS SOME OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD. HE SAYS THE TRIP
WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET IRANIAN PEOPLE. HE ALSO SAYS
THE U-S TEAM WOULD HAVE TRAVELLED TO IRAN SOONER IF THE WRESTLERS
FELT THEY WERE WELCOME THERE.

AMONG THE U-S WRESTLERS GOING TO IRAN ARE THREE FORMER WORLD
CHAMPIONS. THE U-S WRESTLING FEDERATION PRESIDENT SAYS HE THINKS
ALL THREE HAVE A GOOD CHANCE OF WINNING A GOLD MEDAL. (SIGNED)

NEB/ABF/SD

14-Feb-98 6:11 PM EST (2311 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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A two-day Retrospective of Abbas Kiarostami's Films at NYU


A two-day Retrospective of Abbas Kiarostami's Films at NYU

The Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
The Directors Series, The Maurice Kanbar Department of Film and
Television, Tisch School of the Arts are proud to present:

Close Up on Kiarostami

A two-day retrospective on February 21 and 22 of the films of Iranian
film director Abbas Kiarostami, held at New York University and free of
charge.

Saturday, February 21st 7:00 pm

Close Up/ Nama-ye Nazdik 1990, color 100 minutes
(preceded by: The Chorus? 1982 color)

Sunday February 22nd

11:00 am: Where is the Friend's House /Khaneh-ye Doust Kojast? 1987,
Color, 87 minutes (preceded by: Bread and the Alley / Nan Va KUCHEH,
Black and white 10mn.)

2:30 pm: And Life Goes On/Zendegi Va Digar Hich 1992, color 91 minutes
(preceded by: Regular Irregular /Be tartib ya bedun-e tartib. 1981,
color, 15minutes)

4:30 pm: Open discussion with specialist on the works of Kiarostami and
the Iranian film Industry

7:00 pm: Through the Olive Trees/Zir-e Darakhtan-e Zutan 1994, color 102
minutes

This event has been partly funded by The Department of Middle Eastern
Studies, New York Unversity Cinema Studies Department Tisch School of the
Arts The Center for Media, Culture and History
A special thanks to Mirax

Screenings will take place at the NYU Cantor Film Center 36 East 8th
Street between University and Greene

For more information: 212 998-8877

Detailed Program:

Close Up On Kiarostami

February 21 -22 1998

Saturday, February 21st

7:00 pm:

Where is the Friend's House /Khaneh-ye Doust Kojast? 1987, Color, 87
minutes Young Ahmad returns home from school to find that he has
mistakenly taken his classmate Nematzadeh's notebook. Ahmad, feeling
compelled to save his friend from punishment, defies his parents and sets
out to find his friend's home in the neighboring village. Continually
derailed by conflicting directions from adults, his search takes him
through a labyrinth of alleys, hills and streets as night falls...The
source of the film can be found in a poem by the poet/philosopher Sohrab
Sepheri, where a
traveller searching for his friend's home finds himself on an excursion
through places and moments of great beauty and wonder.
A beautiful beginning to an unplanned trilogy set in Northern Iran.

Preceded by : Bread and the Alley / Nan Va Kucheh, Kiarostami's first
film shot in 1970, b&w 10mn.

Sunday February 22nd

11:00 am
Close Up/ Nama-ye Nazdik 1990, color 100 minutes

Based on real events, this film tells the story of Ali Sabzan, an
unemployed young man who casually presents himself to a wealthy woman on
the bus as Mohsen Makmalbaf, one of Iran's major filmmakers. Under the
pretext of working on a new film and looking for interesting locations,
Ali enters the life of this woman's family. The imposter is exposed and
arrested. At this point Kiarostmami and his real crew enter the story to
film Ali Sabzian's trial, staging an ending that ingeniously juxtaposes
and blurs fiction and documentary. "Out of all my films Close Up is my
favorite"(Abbas Kiarostami from an interview in Cahiers du Cinema)

Preceded by: The Chorus/ Hamsoryan, Kiarostami's last short film. 1982,
color, 17minutes

2:30 pm
And Life Goes On/Zendegi Va Digar Hich 1992, color 91minutes

The second film in the trilogy which started with Where Is the Friend's
House, this takes place in the aftermath of the terrible 1990 earthquake,
as a filmmaker and his son travel to Kohker to find the young actors who
played the leads in Where is the Friend's House? Along the way the two
travelers meet the earthquake survivors who desperately and valiantly
work to reconstruct their lives.

Preceded by: Regular Irregular /Be tartib ya bedun-e tartib. 1981, color,
15minutes

4:30 pm
Open discussion with specialists on the works of Kiarostami and the
Iranian film industry

7:00pm:
Through the Olive Trees/Zir-e Darakhtan-e Zutan 1994, color 102 minutes

To complete the trilogy, Kiarostami takes as his subject matter the
filming of his earlier And Life Goes On... Hossein a young bricklayer is
given a small role in the film. He is astounded to learn that the role of
his wife is played by the girl of his dreams, who has spurned his offers
of marriage. Kiarostami exploits the complications that arise from the
tension between actors and real-life roles nad their fictional ones with
a bittersweet mixture of farce and formalism.

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