Middle East Studies

Film Screening | Mum’s Guest (2004) | Iranian Cinema Series S24

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

195 Angell, Room 202

About the Series

The Center for Language Studies and Cogut Institute for the Humanities invite you to join us for a series of five film screenings through which we will explore the decades-long career of renowned Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui. In the wake of Mehrjui’s tragic murder in Tehran in October 2023, we aim to pause and take stock of this remarkable filmmaker and his contributions to cinema, both domestic and global, and his command over wide range of modes, from comedy to family drama. In particular, please join us for a special event on Tuesday, February 13 hosted by the Cogut Institute’s Film-Thinking Series, which will feature a screening followed by a panel discussion with experts on Iranian cinema. All films will be screened with English subtitles.

About the Film

In the midst of the Iraq-Iran war, consummate hostess Mrs. Effat finds herself unable to provide her nephew and his bride the type of hospitality she feels is required to at least save face. Turning to her neighbors for help, Mrs. Effat convinces them to contribute to her impromptu potluck, as one by one they begin to reveal their everyday struggles and triumphs. One of Mehrjui’s finest comedies, Mum’s Guest is heart-warming depiction of war-time camaraderie and good-natured satire of Iranian hospitality culture gone a bit too far. 103 min

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