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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 28 January 2009 (Chair: Dr Saeed Talajooy, more ... )

Logo and link: Iran heritage Foundation Iranian Cinema: Gender, Nation and Narration
(with the generous support of the Iran Heritage foundation, more ...)

A screening and discussion of:

Bashu, the Little Stranger
(Dir. Bahram Beyzaee, 1986)


Bashu, a young Arabic-speaking boy, flees war-torn southern Iran of the early 1980s to find himself in a verdant northern village. Here the people look different and speak another language; a dialect of Persian he cannot understand. Na’i, a young mother, defies ethnocentric codes of conduct in the village and gives him food, shelter and love, helping him to overcome the trauma of war and the loss of his family and find hope for a better future as her son.

A beautiful film about the possibility of affection and love overcoming ethnic and linguistic barriers

Suggested Readings:

Hamid Dabashi. 2007. 'Bahram Beyzai: Bashu, the Little Stranger' in Hamid Dabashi, Masters and Masterpieces of Iranian Cinema. Washington DC: Mage Publishers. 253-81.

Nasrin Rahimieh. 2002. 'Marking Gender and Difference in the Myth of the Nation: A Post-revolutionary Iranian Film' in Richard Tapper (ed.) The New Iranian Cinema: Politics, Representation and Identity. London: I.B Tauris & Co LtD. 227-38.

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