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A Separation

  • Feb 28, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • Varsity Theatre

I’m sure most of you have seen this film, but if you haven’t (like me) or want to see it again please join us!

This film is presented by the Ackland Film Forum as part of the "Cinema of the Global Middle East" series and sponsored by Art/Islam, the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Set in contemporary Iran, A Separation is a compelling drama about the dissolution of a marriage. Simin wants to leave Iran with her husband Nader and daughter Termeh. Simin sues for divorce when Nader refuses to leave behind his Alzheimer-suffering father. Her request having failed, Simin returns to her parents' home, but Termeh decides to stay with Nader. When Nader hires a young woman to assist with his father in his wife's absence, he hopes that his life will return to a normal state. However, when he discovers that the new maid has been lying to him, he realizes that there is more on the line than just his marriage.

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This is a FREE screening.

Show time is at 7:00 pm. Let’s gather 15-20 mins beforehand and find seats together. Afterwards, we can go someplace nearby to discuss the film, if the group is interested.

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  • Dave S.

    i enjoyed seeing everyone. there are at least a few different ways of understanding this film, i think. i was taking the film just as a story and wasn't finding any bigger meaning in it until the last scene, showing how much the couple, despite saying they were fighting over what was best for the daughter, was actually tearing the daughter apart. that got me to thinking, this movie is about conflict resolution, that's the theme. it's about how, when we don't resolve conflict well, bad things happen. there are unforeseen consequences (from the couple's fighting: the miscarriage, the criminal charges, the harm to the grandfather not to mention the daughter). EVERYONE gets hurt in some way (in the litigation, everyone got bruised). so, as a larger meaning, i think it's possible this movie has a political intent, something having to do with the conflict between Iran and the U.S./rest of the world and trouble resolving it. i could be way off. a penny for anyone else's thoughts..

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Manzoor C.

    This was definitely a very powerful movie. I also think this movie paints a much more nuanced and complex picture of common Iranians that is often missing in the mainstream media. For folks interested, I am including reviews of A Separation and Argo by two academic critics, who shed greater light about these two movies and how accurately they depict life/events in Iran.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Henry H.

    ANOTHER GREAT CHOICE SHAWNA! I really enjoyed the the characters, the look at jurisprudence and jurisdiction in Iran, and the class separation. Unknown to most all americans, Ahmadinejad is quite popular in Iran among the largest and most numerous segment of the population who are quite conservative and working class, much like the daycare woman in the movie.

    1 · March 1, 2013

  • Hilton F.


    February 28, 2013

  • Allison

    Not going to be able to make it tonight. Weekdays are unpredictable sometimes. Sorry.

    February 28, 2013

  • jan f.

    Thanks for the parking info. I will be late due to soccer but I still plan to come....will hope to meet up after the film. Thanks, jan

    February 27, 2013

  • Hilton F.

    If anyone would like to meet for dinner before, say around 5:30 or 5:45, let me know.

    February 27, 2013

  • jan f.

    Is there any designated parking for the theater? This is my first meet up with the group. I've only been to one film there and was lucky enough to find a parking spot that night......just curious.

    February 24, 2013

  • Nancy A.


    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Won't be able to make it after all.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member


    February 7, 2013

  • Julie

    This is a very good movie and won the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2011. It is an interesting story but I found the examination of the cultural difference between here and there the most fascinating. It is well done and acted.

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Jazz

    This is such a good movie!!!

    February 3, 2013

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