Middle East Studies

Film Discussion | Race, Language & Identity in Iran with Shahzad Bashir & Mehrdad Babadi

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Salomon Center 003

About the Film
Bashu, the Little Stranger (1989) is about an Iranian little boy who is lost from the south to the northern part of the country after running away for his life. His family has been killed during the war and he is saved and trained by a middle-aged woman.

About the Speakers
Shahzad Bashir is Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Humanities, and professor of history and religious studies at Brown and has published widely on Persian literature and Iranian history. The discussion will begin by considering the film "Bashu, the Little Stranger" (1989) and move into a wider exploration of identity in Iran today. 

Mehrdad Babadi is an Anthropology Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, where he works on Iranian youth culture, marriage & generational change, and Iranian cinema. 

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