SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2006, At 6:30 PM

 

Cinema of Exile and Migration

L.A. SNOBS

A Short Documentary
by Delara Rasouli

A sardonic look at some snobish Iranian immigrants living in L.A. for a quarter of a century. Iranians who have forgotten their culture and identity but hoping to go back to Iran some day and live happily everafter!

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED

SHOHREH AGHDASHLOU

 

 

In

SURVIVING PARADISE

a film by

Kamshad Kooshan

in English

SPECIAL GUEST:

TORANGE YEGHIAZARIAN: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, BAHMAN MAGHSOUDLOU: PRODUCER and DELARA RASOULI: DIRECTOR of L.A. SNOBS

Ms. Aghdashlou, an Iranian acclaimed actress of screen and stage, not only won the New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, but she also received the 2004, Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her incredible performance in House of Sand and Fog.

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When the 10-year-old boy Sam and his younger sister Sara (played by real-life brother and sister Keyan and Parissa Abedini) arrived in Los Angeles with their mother, the only thing on their mind was to go to Disneyland. But things take a wrong turn when their mother is kidnapped by three armed Mafioso. Realizing that the police can't find their uncle, their only relative in town, in time, these two helpless children take to the vast and unforgiving streets of Los Angeles to find him themselves. On their way they encounter a colorful cast of characters and frightening situations where their humanity and endurance are put to the test, but more importantly they discover something about themselves, that the best quality is to survive with humanity.
The film debuted at the Cairo International Film Festival and was also selected for the New Delhi International Film Festival.
Surviving Paradise, is the first English language Iranian feature film distributed theatrically in the United States in 2000.

 

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