The Rubin Mashti Esmaeil
2012, Iran, Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari, 30 min.
A year in the life of an old farmer in the Iranian countryside, filmed amidst the ailments of age, the daily struggles and the serenity that comes from an intense devotion.
Post screening discussion with Ali Mirsepassi.
About the Speaker
Ali Mirsepassi is professor of Middle Eastern studies and sociology and director of Iranian Studies Initiative at New York University. He is the author of Political Islam, Iran and Enlightenment (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Democracy in Modern Iran (New York University Press, 2010), Intellectual Discourses and Politics of Modernization: Negotiating Modernity in Iran (Cambridge University Press, 2000), and Truth or Democracy (published in Iran); coeditor of Localizing Knowledge in a Globalizing World (Syracuse University Press, 2002); and guest editor of “Beyond the Boundaries of the Old Geographies: Natives, Citizens, Exiles, and Cosmopolitans” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME), spring 2005. His new book, “At Home and In the World: Islam, Democracy, and Cosmopolitanism” (co-authored with Tadd Fernee) will be published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press.