This event will feature a screening of the short film Anges, followed by a Q&A session with Professor Roxanne Varzi and director Jasmine Bissete, along with an accompanying talk by Professor Varzi on French-Iranian cultural relations.
Anges (English title Angels) is set in Tehran, Iran and 1968. When French-Iranian student Niloufar, 10, learns that President Georges Pompidou will visit her school, she devises her own way to make an impression. Anges is a short (6 minute) French-language U.S.-France co-production released in 2021. It has been featured in international film festivals including the New York Shorts International Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, Pittsburgh Shorts, Cyprus International Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Detmold in Germany, and the Rabat International Children and Family Film Festival. The film was awarded the Best Director Prize at the Children’s International Film Festival of Wales.
Director Jasmine Bissete graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Columbia University, Columbia College. She is a filmmaker and the co-founder and Creative Director of Kinglet Films, a production company operating in New York and Paris with a focus on fostering cross-cultural connections through cinema.
Professor Roxanne Varzi, an Iranian-born American cultural anthropologist, filmmaker, sound artist, writer, playwright, and educator. Roxanne Varzi is Professor of Anthropology and Film and Media Studies at University of California, Irvine.