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View events for the week of 2/ 7/2021
Free Nasrin and ALL Iran’s Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times
Date Sunday February 07
Time 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Type Panel Discussion
Organizer/AuthorRevolution Books
Emailrevolutionbooksberkeley [at] gmail.com
Phone5108481196
Location Details
Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704
Revolution Books presents...Free Nasrin and ALL Iran’s Political Prisoners: Heroism for These Times

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.

**Register to watch Online Panel on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-with-nasrin-filmmakers-on-nasrin-all-irans-political-prisoners-tickets-138958228803?aff=ebdssbeac

**Link on Facebook on day of Online Panel https://www.youtube.com/user/RevolutionBooks1

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 the film are here https://kinomarquee.com/film/nasrin/5fbd1aa69b331e0001080e80?venue_id=196. 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. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8oC--5Vreo&feature=youtu.be.

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. She has 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 https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/free-irans-political-prisoners/

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...”

Added to the calendar on Tuesday Feb 2nd, 2021 10:45 AM
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