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  1. Tuesday, November 12, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the movie Offside
A winner of the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, this Iranian film explores gender politics in a Muslim world. A group of girls tries to make their way into the men's world of an Iranian soccer stadium in order to watch the Iranian team play against Bahrain in a qualifying match for the World Cup. Writer/Director Jafar Panahi drew inspiration from his daughter, who broke the law to attend a game. Though shot in Iran, the film, like others by Panahi, has been banned there. In 2010 the director was charged with propaganda against the Iranian government and, despite protests from human rights organizations from around the world, is currently serving a 6 year prison sentence. In Persian language with English subtitles. (35mm presentation)

The film will be introduced by Paul Losensky, a professor in Central Eurasian Studies and Comparative Literature.