Tuesday, October 29 at 9:00 PM at the Michigan.
Set in Tehran during the Iran-Iraq war, this movie is celebrated as a meditation on the fallout of the Iranian Revolution from a feminine perspective. A woman and her daughter hunker down in their Tehran apartment during the Iraqi bombardment. Did the missile that struck their building bring a jinn into their lives? Jump scares, demonic kids, revolutionary misogyny, mother-daughter and husband-wife tension, and violence against furniture as a mom fights to save her child. In Persian with English subtitles.
Dir: Babak Anvari
Iran. 2016. 84 mins. Part of Halaloween: A Muslim Horror Film Fest.
Co-sponsored by The Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum & The Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
The Global Islamic Studies Center aims to promote the understanding of global Islamic culture and Muslim societies worldwide. This year we launch our first ever Muslim horror film fest. Halaloween asks: What scares Muslim audiences? How do horror movies conceived for a Muslim public transform the familiar tropes that Hollywood and Hammer horror taught us? How do Muslim directors of horror movies use the genre to investigate gender and family tensions, social injustice and political oppression, demographic change and social unrest? Are horror movies halal (permissible in Islamic law)? Why so many jinn – and where are the Muslim zombies? Use the hashtag #Halaloween to follow and discuss!
For more information, visit https://ii.umich.edu/islamicstudies