[one_half last="no"]WHEN
Thursday February 7, 2013
6:35 pm Screening
Drinks Gathering Post-Screening
(Location TBD)

LOCATION
Landmark E Street Cinema

555 11th St NW,
Washington, DC 20004


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TICKETS
($11 + service fee)

buy-tickets-overblackandyellow[/one_half]Don’t miss your chance to see the Academy Award nominated short films for 2013!

DEATH OF A SHADOW
(
Belgium/France, 20 min.), Director: Tom Van Avermaet

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Soldier Nathan died during World War I. A strange collector imprisoned his shadow and gave him a new chance: a second life against 10,000 captured shadows. It is love that guides him, as his purpose is to meet Sarah again, the woman he fell in love with before he died. But then he discovers that she’s already in love with someone else, jealousy clouds his mind and pushes him towards a bitter decision, not without consequences.

 

HENRY
(Canada, 21 min.), Director: Yan England

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Henry, a great concert pianist, has his life thrown in turmoil the day the love of this life, Maria, disappears mysteriously. He’ll then discover the inevitable verdict of life.

 

CURFEW
(USA, 19 min.), Director: Shawn Christensen

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At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister, asking him to look after his nine-year old niece, Sophia, for the evening.

 

BUZKASHI BOYS
(Afghanistan/USA, 28 min.), Director: Sam French

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Set against the dramatic landscape of contemporary Afghanistan and the National sport of Buzkashi – a brutal game of horse polo played with a dead goat – Buzkashi Boys tells the coming of age story of two best friends, a charismatic street urchin and a defiant blacksmith’s son, who struggle to realize their dreams as they make their way to manhood in one of the most war-torn countries on Earth. Shot on location in Kabul city by an alliance of Afghan and international film makers, Buzkashi Boys is a look at the life that continues beyond the headlines of war in Afghanistan.

 

ASAD
(South Africa/USA, 18 min.), Director: Bryan Buckley

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Set in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, an all-Somali, refugee cast brings to life this coming of age fable of a Somaliboy who is faced with falling into the pirate life, or rising above to choose the path of an honest fishing man.

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WASHINGTON FILM INSTITUTE,
TARA KANGARLOU,
THE INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN
cordially invite you to the premiere of

BEYOND THE ELECTRONIC CURTAIN

WHEN
Friday January 25, 2013
5:00pm Doors Open, Refreshments Served
5:30pm Screening Begins
6:00pm Panel Discussion, Q&A
7:00pm Drinks Gathering at Ritz Carlton (Cash Bar)

SCREENING LOCATION
Funger Hall @ The George Washington University
2201 G Street, N.W. Washington, DC
Room #103

BEYOND THE ELECTRONIC CURTAIN
A special premiere of the documentary film Produced by Award-Winning Journalist Tara Kangarlou, followed by an expert panel discussion and Q&A, exploring foreign policy strategies on censorship, human rights violations and lack of free flow of information in Iran.

Just over two decades ago, a large part of the world lived behind an Iron Curtain. The Soviet Union, in its effort to shield its people from the outside world and potentially any outside influence, placed a massive internal security apparatus, all available surveillance technology, and imposed severe limitations on movement, press, speech, assembly, and association—taking away the fundamental human rights to freedom of speech and expression.  After decades of such repression, the most vivid symbol of the Iron Curtain—The Berlin Wall—came down at the hands of people on both sides of the barrier. Iran today, a country once recognized for it's rich culture, enchanting tourism, and glorious history, is facing the exact isolation—except this time, behind an "Electronic Curtain".

The post-screening discussion entails a constructive expert conversation on presenting alternative narratives, which could help shape, influence and affect ways in which the United States and the international community address the issues of censorship, internet freedom, human rights violations and lack of free flow of information in Iran.

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PANELISTS
Ramin Asgard—Former Senior State Department Official-Foreign Policy Expert
Hadi Ghaemi—Executive Director—International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Bijan Kian—Former Director Export-Import Bank of the United States

Tara Kangarlou—Award-Winning Journalist-Filmmaker, Producer

[one_half last="no"]Ramin Asgard
Ramin Asgard
[/one_half][one_half last="yes"]Hadi Ghaemi
Hadi Ghaemi[/one_half][one_half last="no"]Ramin Asgard was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  He served as a Political Advisor to General David Petraeus at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida.  His work at CENTCOM focused on Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Arabian Peninsula.  Prior to joining CENTCOM, Mr. Asgard served as Director of the Iran Regional Presence Office (IRPO) in Dubai, the US government’s primary field operation concerning Iran.

Mr. Asgard has also served as Deputy Political Counselor in Riyadh, Economic/Commercial Officer in Kabul, Pol/Econ Officer in the UAE, and as a Consular Officer in Turkey.  Mr. Asgard has served domestically as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as Desk Officer for Iraq, Iran, and Turkey.  He has received the 2007 Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach, the 2003 Charles Cobb Award for Trade Promotion, three Superior Honor Awards and six Meritorious Honor Awards.

[/one_half][one_half last="yes"]Hadi Ghaemi is an internationally recognized Iran analyst and human rights expert. He is currently the executive director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

In 2008, together with a group of international human rights activists, he founded the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, which has become one of the leading groups reporting and documenting human rights violations in Iran and building international coalitions in defense of Iranian human rights defenders.

In 2004, he joined Human Rights Watch as the Iran and United Arab Emirates researcher. His work at Human Rights Watch focused international attention on the plight of migrant workers in Dubai, as well as the repression of civil society in Iran. After the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, he was a member of the first UN-commissioned human rights fact finding mission to Afghanistan. Between 2001 and 2004, he worked with NGOs focusing on Afghanistan and Iraq.[/one_half]

[one_half last="no"]Bijan Kian
Bijan Kian
[/one_half][one_half last="yes"]Tara Kangarlou
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The Honorable Bijan R. Kian is a former member of the board of directors of the Export Import Bank of the United States.  He was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 20, 2007 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 1, 2007. He was sworn-in on August 7, 2007 for a term ending on January 20, 2011. Kian was formerly director of the State of California Office of Foreign Investment, which, with worldwide offices, was the state's leading office for attraction, retention and expansion of foreign direct investment with an $86 billion foreign investment portfolio. He was also on the board of the California Housing Finance Authority, and a senior official and board member of a number of California companies.

He is an internationally recognized professional banker, business executive, and educator with more than twenty-five years of experience in transactional and operational areas of domestic and international banking. He has served in senior executive roles in corporate planning, finance, and operations. He attended Tehran Industrial College and is a Graduate of Brighton University in Sussex, United Kingdom. He has continued his education at Oxford University where he studied political philosophy and at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where he completed a program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

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Tara Kangarlou is an award-winning broadcast journalist and a co-recipient of an Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding investigative journalism.  As a multi-platform and broadcast journalist, Tara has reported and produced breaking news stories, investigative pieces and magazine style print and broadcast stories. 

Tara was born and raised in Iran. She moved to California with her family during her late teens. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English in World Literature from UCLA and then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC).  While in Los Angeles, she worked with NBC-L.A., NPR, and other local and national news outlets.

She currently lives in Washington D.C. and works for CNN-Washington DC.  Tara is Fluent in English, Farsi and has moderate knowledge of Arabic and French.
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The Board of Trustees of Woodley House, Inc.

Invites You to Attend the 16th Annual Woodley House Movie Benefit
A Special Screening of Universal Pictures’
LES MISÉRABLES

Benefit Founding Chair
Mary Margaret Valenti

Honoring
Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D.
The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders Professor of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Master of Ceremonies

Andrea Mitchell
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News


Dress: Festive Attire

 

[one_half last="no"]WHEN / WHERE
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

5:30pm Reception
Pulpo
3407 Connecticut Avenue, NW

7:30pm Screening
AMC Loews Cineplex Uptown Theatre
3426 Connecticut Avenue, NW

FILM SYNOPSIS
Set in 19th century France, Les Misérables recounts the story of Jean Valjean who, having run from the law after conviction for a petty crime, has turned his life around and is a leader of his community. As his past life returns to threaten both his existence and the future of his adopted daughter, Cossette, he must make soul-searching decisions. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel and Tony Award-winning musical, this epic is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

Director:
Tom Hooper
Writers:
Claude-Michel Schönberg (book), Alain Boublil (book)

Stars:
Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway

WOODLEY HOUSE
Woodley House is a nationally-recognized program based on a unique, community-based residential care recovery approach. We offer a range of mental health services to over 300 consumers each year. A compassionate continuum of care, Woodley House leads the way in returning people suffering from mental illness to productive and independent lives. As a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, Woodley House relies upon contributions from individual donors to provide services to some of Washington's most needy citizens.

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Reception 5:30pm & Screening 7:30pm
SALES HAVE ENDED

WFI Members: Screening Only 7:30pm ($35)
SALES HAVE ENDED

EVENT
Woodley House is proud to announce its 16th Annual Movie Benefit on December 12, 2012, featuring Universal Pictures’ Les Misérables - a film by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. This Movie Benefit is a Woodley House tradition and we know this will be one of our best events yet. The play is still playing to packed houses around the world and we know that this film version will be a blockbuster!

The festivities begin with a buffet reception at Pulpo Restaurant at 5:30 pm, before going across the street to the Uptown Theater for the very special screening of the film at 7:30 pm. NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell will be our Master of Ceremonies and will present the Woodley House Donald A. Brown ‘Rose Award’ to author, educator and award-winning authority on mental illness, Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. for her leadership in mental health recovery.

We are especially grateful to our Movie Benefit Founding Chair, Mary Margaret Valenti who provides special insight and invaluable help in making this evening possible. This will be a terrific event and we hope that you can join us. All proceeds will go to support the Woodley House programs to provide safe, affordable housing and comprehensive support services to mentally ill adults in our community.

MOVIE BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Co-Chairs
Leslie M. Fitch, Isabel Jasinowski, Ann T. Pincus

Members
Debra Barrett, Laura Caliguiri, Lou Hill Davidson, Phyllis Eisen, Amanda Lowe, Holly Wittenberg[/one_half]

 

 

 

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