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Volume 3, Issue 4                                    University of Houston

Films from Asia, Britain and Iran screen at MFAH

By Rattaya Nimibutr
Breaking News Staff

Diversity seems to be the theme for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston's January/ February film lineup. The films will be screened in the Brown Auditorium in the Caroline Wiess Law Building.

The screenings are presented in five different categories -- News Films From Iran, the usual Houston Premieres & Revivals, Reel Pop, Traveling "Film South Asia" and Black History Month.

New Films From Iran, starts it off with Willow and Wind. The film is directed by Mohammad Ali Talebi and is subtitled.

The Wind Will Carry Us (Bad Ma Ra Khahad Bord) directed by Abbas Kiarostami, who penned Willow and Wind, will be screened as a Houston premiere. The film is about an engineer who leads a team on a mysterious mission to a remote mountain village.

Sepideh Farsi directs the subtitled The World Is My Home. Whispers (Najva), directed by Parviz Shahbazi, is also featured in this category. The film is about three siblings on the search for an adult who will take care of the youngest child.

Seyyed Reza Mir-Karimi's The Child and the Soldier is about a solider accompanying a juvenile delinquent to a reform school in Tehran. Also included in the screening is Mummy 3 by Mohammad Reza Honarmand.

Two shorts from Tales of an Island, an Iranian TV project, directed by Dariush Mehrjui and Mohsen Makhmalbaf will also be shown. Rounding out the category is How Samira Made "The Blackboard."

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As part of the British Pop film series, How I Won the War will be screened in the Brown Auditorium of the Caroline Wiess Law Building.

Stranger With A Camera starts off the category of Houston Premieres & Revivals, with an additional guest appearance by director Elizabeth Barret. The film explores the 1967 incident when Canadian documentarian Hugh O'Connor was killed by a rural Kentucky landowner who objected to being filmed.

Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider will also be screened. The film stars Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson. Finally, Texas Filmmakers Showcase, offers different shorts and some special appearances by filmmakers, and British Advertising Broadcast Awards.

The Reel Pop category begins with Pop Goes the Easel, a documentary directed by Ken Russell in 1962 about the Pop Art movement. The film is preceded by The Running, Jumping, Standing Still Film by Richard Lester.

The 1965 film The Knack and How to Get It is about a teacher who envies his tenant's "knack" for picking up women.

The other two films ­ both of which deal with the nature and struggles of war -- are How I Won the War and The Bed Sitting Room.

The Forgotten Army , directed by Kabir Khan, kicks of the Traveling "Film South Asia" category. The film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Film South Asia festival 1999, retraces the events surrounding the historic Indian National Army march of 1943. Khan is scheduled as a guest speaker.

Words of Freedom and Song of Freedom, both directed by Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud are also included in the set. The last additions are mainly short films: Magic and Realism, Empowerment Through Art, Living Conditions and Human Adaptation, Society and Sexuality and Inspirational Teachers.

Black History Month will offer the 1973 film Wattstax by Mel Stewart and the 1974 film Muhammad Ali, the Greatest by William Klein.

The Law Building is located at 1001 Bissonnet and free parking is available. Call (713) 639-7515 for showtimes and other information, or visit

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