Updated January 29, 2021 | revcom.us
Sunday, February 7 5:00pm EST / 2:00pm PST
An Online Panel with the filmmakers of the new documentary Nasrin—discussion of the film and the urgent fight for all political prisoners in Iran.
Watch the Online Panel at youtube.com/user/RevolutionBooks1 [free].
This is a unique opportunity to learn about the courageous life and work of imprisoned human-rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh…the making of this extraordinary film by Jeff Kaufman and Marcia Ross…the dire situation for political prisoners in Iran…and why all who stand for justice and yearn for a better world should stand with these political prisoners. Nasrin has been sentenced to decades in prison and dozens of lashes. She now has COVID-19 and a heart condition but continues to challenge the authorities and advocate for other political prisoners.
Nasrin was filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make the film. “Nasrin will make you angry at injustice, and give you hope. This is a must-see film!” – Gloria Steinem
*Tickets to watch Nasrin are here. Cost is $12 for a 5-day viewing period. You can watch before or after the panel discussion. Revolution Books is partnering with New Plaza Cinema in New York to make the film available.
Nasrin features an original song by Tony Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, performed by 4-time Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo.
Sunday, February 7 Online panel will feature:
**Jeff Kaufman co-produced, directed, and wrote Nasrin. He also made the Emmy-nominated documentary Terrence McNally: Every Act of Life and other documentaries, short films for Amnesty International, and programs for the Discovery and History Channels.
**Marcia S. Ross co-produced Nasrin. Shehas been an independent casting director and casting executive for three decades at Walt Disney Motion Pictures and Warner Brothers TV. Film and TV credits include Clueless, Murder in Mississippi, and The Princess Diaries.
**Dr. Shahrzad Mojab is director of Critical Studies in Equity & Solidarity, New College at the University of Toronto. She is the author of several books including Revolutionary Learning: Marxism, Feminism and Knowledge; Marxism and Feminism; and The Art of Resistance in the Middle East.
**Karin Deutsch Karlekar is director of PEN America’s Free Expression At Risk Programs. She has almost two decades of experience in global free expression, press freedom, and digital rights issues, as well as advocacy and assistance work on behalf of writers, bloggers, and journalists.
**Kave Milani is a political activist and representative of “Burn the Cage, Free the Birds” campaign in Europe — in solidarity with political prisoners in Iran.
**Raymond Lotta, host and moderator, is on the staff of Revolution Books in Harlem, a political economist and writer for revcom.us, and an advocate for the new communism developed by Bob Avakian.
**Short videos from Maryam Claren, daughter of political prisoner Nahid Taghavi; and revolutionary artist Shekib Mosadeq performing “Burn the Cage.”
Read, sign, and circulate the statement initiated by long-time feminist activist Carol Downer and Dolly Veale.
From the statement:
“The U.S. and Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) regimes have their national interests but we and the people of these countries have OUR shared interests. It is in the interest of the people all over the world to unite and defend the political prisoners of Iran whose lives and dignity are in imminent, mortal danger. People in the U.S. have a special responsibility and opportunity to unite across all social and political movements or divides against this vile repression by the IRI, and to actively oppose any war moves by the U.S. government that would bring even more horrific suffering to the people of Iran...”
Revolution Books is the political, intellectual, and cultural center of a movement for an actual revolution to emancipate all of humanity. This program is sponsored by the Revolution Books Educational Fund. To make a tax-deductible donation go here.
Revolution Books / Libros Revolución
437 Malcolm X Blvd @132nd Street, New York, NY
Open Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun, 2pm to 7pm
The film Nasrin is available on Amazon- prime but its viewing is currently limited to North America. We strongly recommend the viewing of this inspiring and mobilizing all out support for the campaign BURN THE CAGE, FREE THE BIRDS!