Friday Dec.8 @7 pm
WWAC Continues the Series: Understanding Iran Through Film
Screening of “The Color of Paradise”
Presented by Michael Pittman, Ph.D. with Q & A to follow
Marlboro College Graduate Center
28 Vernon St, Brattleboro
The director of this acclaimed film is Oscar nominee Majid Majidi (Children Of Heaven, Best Foreign Language Film 1998). The film explores the world of a gifted blind boy at the mercy of his father’s crippling sense of shame. Mohammad (Mohsen Ramezani) is an energetic 8-year-old who is much like the other children in his small Iranian village except in one regard: he is blind. But Mohammad’s heightened remaining senses make him even more receptive to the world around him..
Our presenter, Michael Pittman, is Associate Professor of World Religions at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. He has taught and written about Iranian films, especially the work of director Majid Majidi. His article “Majid Majidi and Baran: Iranian Cinematic Poetics and the Spiritual Poverty of Rumi” appeared in the Journal of Religion and Film. Pittman’s research has chiefly focused on Sufism and, in particular, the Armenian-Greek teacher G.I. Gurdjieff (d. 1949). His most recent book-length work is entitled Classical Spirituality in Contemporary America: The Confluence and Contribution of Gurdjieff and Sufism (Continuum 2012), which addresses both the cultural and religious influences on Gurdjieff’s work, and the influence that Gurdjieff and Sufism continue to have in contemporary religious and spiritual culture in North America.