Essential Cinema: Children of Abraham/Ibrahim


Directed by Jafar Panahi

Iran, 2022, 1h 47min, DCP, In Persian, Azerbaijani, and Turkish with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  Children of Abraham/Ibrahim

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

This screening will be hosted by Babak Tabarraee, Assistant Professor of Instruction and Persian Program Coordinator at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University Of Texas, Austin.

In the latest entry in one of the most remarkable filmographies in the history of the medium, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi plays himself, a filmmaker under house arrest in Iran, forbidden to make films. Naturally, the real Panahi has made a film, and that is just what the character Panahi is trying to do (with some difficulty) in NO BEARS. Surprisingly funny for a film made under such strictures, and endlessly thought-provoking, especially considering that, subsequent to the release of NO BEARS, Panahi has been sentenced to six years in prison by the Iranian authorities.


Our annual Children of Abraham/Ibrahim series continues to look at films from an area rich in tumultuous history, art, and literature but often mired in war and misunderstanding among the three religions that trace their roots back to a shared progenitor — Abraham/Ibrahim. Filmmakers from the Middle East, North Africa, and the diasporic communities continue to hunt for a common humanity. We share in their efforts with our screening series, enhanced by guests and discussions. Films are selected from the most recent releases in Middle Eastern cinema. Presented in partnership with the University of Texas Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Each film will be introduced by a faculty member from the department.

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