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Thu, Jan 11


Coquitlam Public Library - City Centre

CANCELLED: Farsi Documentary Night in Coquitlam (Final Session): Tonight's Homework

Award Winning Documentary by Ashkan Nejati & Mehran Nematollahi, Iran with English subtitles. The Event is Free and Open to all

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CANCELLED: Farsi Documentary Night in Coquitlam  (Final Session): Tonight's Homework
CANCELLED: Farsi Documentary Night in Coquitlam  (Final Session): Tonight's Homework

Time and Location

Jan 11, 2024, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Coquitlam Public Library - City Centre, 1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, BC V3B 0Y1, Canada

Join us for the last Farsi documentary movie night with refreshments and light snacks. In this session, we will watch "Tonight's Homework", a documentary from Iran, by Ashkan Nejati, and Mehran Nematollahi

After the event, the audience will have a chance to interact with the directors.

In Homework (1989), Abbas Kiarostami put questions to students at a public school: questions about homework, punishments, and dreams of the future. The result was a portrait of the generation that grew up during the Iran-Iraq war, trapped by uncertainty and a rigid upbringing.

Now, some 30 years later, directors Ashkan Nejati and Mehran Nematollahi repeat Kiarostami’s questions and come to the conclusion that the school system and society itself have changed dramatically. The gulf between rich and poor has grown far wider, and that has become evident in the schools. Parents, many of whom are illiterate, are unable to help their young ones, or otherwise too busy with their careers to supervise homework. Any sense of interest or guidance is absent.

Two now-adult subjects of Kiarostami’s film agree that there’s something fundamentally wrong with the way responsibilities get dumped on the shoulders of teachers. The only thing that’s unchanged is the way the children reply in the approved manner—yes, of course they’ve done their homework.

This documentary was well received by its audience and critics. Some of it's recognitions include:

-Golden Cyrus Cylinder, 8th Iranian Film Festival Zurich

-Accepted in the 34th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the most presticious International Documentary Film Festival 

-Competed in the 62nd Zlín Film Festival in Czechia (One of the most famous Children's Film Festivals) 

Location: Rooms 136 & 137- Coquitlam Public Library - City Centre Branch

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This event is sponsored by the City of Coquitlam through the Spirit of Coquitlam Community Grant 2023

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