Film screening and panel discussion
The famous Cyrus Cylinder was the centerpiece of a British Museum exhibition that toured the United States in 2013. Believed by some to be the first declaration of human rights, the cylinder was exhibited in five major museums in cities where the Iranian diaspora have established communities. Seven young Iranian filmmakers were invited to respond to this exercise in cultural diplomacy and explain what this object from their ancient history means to them and their communities today. The result is an original and thoughtful film that says as much about the concerns and anxieties of contemporary Iranians, as it does about the Cylinder itself.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion examining the value of such experimental projects where ancient heritage is approached from outside the normal historical context and instead is used to contextualise the contemporary.
Iradj Bagherzade (Chair)
Dr Pamela Karimi
Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Organised by Iran Heritage Foundation
Date: Thursday 28th May 2015, 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Venue: Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Tickets: £10 book now