March 11, 2009 Iranian-American Filmmaker to Screen "Nobody's Enemy" at the Library on April 1

Documentary Film Explores Iran’s Youth Culture

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Public Contact: Hirad Dinavari (202) 707-4518

Iran’s youth culture is the subject of a documentary film titled “Nobody’s Enemy,” which will be shown at noon on Wednesday, April 1 in the Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. Filmmaker Neda Sarmast will speak and answer questions about the film.

The program, sponsored by the Near East Section of the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division and with support from Campus Progress, is part of the annual Persian cultural program series celebrating the ancient tradition of Nowruz, the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. The program is free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

Neda Sarmast was born in Iran and raised in the United States. Responding to a sense that Iranians and Muslims have not been depicted evenly in the U.S. media, Sarmast left a rewarding career in music management and marketing in order to shift her focus toward playing a positive role in her community. Her personal experience growing up as an Iranian-American, combined with her professional background and ability to bring a message to the masses through the arts, led her to use music and film to promote better understanding between Eastern and Western cultures.

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PR 09-049
ISSN 0731-3527