Fri 6/14/2024 • 7:30PM - 9:15PM PDT

Billy Wilder Theater

Part of: 2024 UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

In-person: filmmaker Sierra Urich, filmmaker Liam LoPinto.

The Old Young Crow
Japan/U.S., 2023

A captivating mix of live-action and animation brings to vibrant life the story of a young Iranian boy and a mysterious but inspiring encounter he had in a Tokyo cemetery.

DCP, color, in Persian and Japanese with English subtitles, 12 min. Director: Liam LoPinto. Screenwriter: Liam LoPinto. With: Naoto Shibata, Hassan Shahbazi, Keiko Yamashita.

U.S., 2023

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, director Sierra Urich’s Joonam weaves a beautiful and beguiling portrait of three generations of Iranian women living in the diaspora. Drawn to learn more about her family’s history, Urich documents conversations with her mother, Mitra, and her grandmother, Behjat, and reflects on their stories and memories to make sense of her own identity as a second generation immigrant raised in rural Vermont. Revelations poignant and painful transform their relationships to each other and themselves in a film that ever foregrounds the power of home.

DCP, color, in Azerbaijani, English and Persian with English subtitles, 100 min. Director: Sierra Urich.

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