DAYTONA BEACH — The Ancient Persia-Modern Iran Program Series, in partnership with Cinematique of Daytona Beach, will present selected highlights from the sixth-annual Noor Iranian Film Festival Friday, Feb. 14, through Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Ancient Persia Modern Iran Program Series is a joint presentation of the Iranian American Society, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the Southeast Museum of Photography and the Department of Cultural Arts at Daytona State College.
“Museums are about outreach and education outside of their walls,” said Kevin Miller, director of the Southeast Museum of Photography, where the majority of the films will be shown. “It’s a major change of the mission in museums. Daytona State College is central in both cultural and education enrichment- and one of the museum’s goals is to support that outreach.”
Noor Iranian Film Festival was founded in 2005 by Siamak Ghahremani and is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world. The Festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood and was the first Iranian Film Festival to occur outside of Iran.
"Noor” means “light” in Persian.
The local festival will kick off with an opening reception and preview event, called An Evening with Navid Negahban, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at Daytona State College, Mori Hosseini Center (Bldg. 1200), 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Negahban, Iranian-American TV and movie actor, who has been seen in "Homeland" and "The Stoning of Soraya M," will be a special guest joining Ghahremani to discuss the films playing at this year’s festival. Tickets are $35 per person.
Noor Festival screenings will be presented in different schedules and times at the Southeast Museum of Photography’s Madorsky Theater, and also at the Cinematique of Daytona.
If you go:
Noor Festival movie admission is by suggested donation of $5 per person.
Where: The Cinematique Theater, 242 S. Beach St., Dayton Beach
Saturday Feb. 15
11:30 a.m. “Filly Brown”
1:30 p.m. “The Muslims are Coming”
3:30 p.m. Highlights of the Noor Film Festival Short films
Sunday Feb. 16
11:30 a.m. “My Stolen Revolution” and “Plastic Flowers Never Die”
5 p.m. “Chicken with Plums”
7:30 p.m. “Survivor from Magada” and “Targeting Iran”
Where: Southeast Museum of Photography Madorsky Theater, Hosseini Center. 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach
Monday, Feb. 17
4 p.m. “My Stolen Revolution” and “Plastic Flowers Never Die”
6 p.m. “Survivor from Magadan” and “Targeting Iran”
Tuesday Feb. 18
4 p.m. “The Muslims are Coming”
6 p.m. Highlights of the Noor Festival Short films
7:45 p.m. “Snow on Pines” (Farsi-no subtitles)