A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami and Screening of TASTE OF CHERRY (1997)

October 13, 2016, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building Lobby, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Outside the Box [Office], USC Persian Academic & Cultural Student Association (PACSA), USC Middle East Studies Program (MESP), Farhang Foundation, and Janus Films, invite you and a guest to attend

A Tribute to Abbas Kiarostami Panel Discussion and Screening of Taste of Cherry

Join us for a panel discussion about the work and legacy of Iranian Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, featuring Jonathan Rosenbaum, Homayoun Ershadi, and Anahita Ghazvinizadeh.

Followed by a screening of Taste of Cherry (1997), Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 13th, 2016

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007



This event made possible with the generous support of Farhang Foundation (farhang.org).

About Abbas Kiarostami

During the course of his life (1940 – 2016), Abbas Kiarostami, the legendary Iranian filmmaker won the admiration of audiences and critics worldwide and has received more than seventy awards for his films. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or for Taste of Cherry, winner of the Cannes Film Festival Award of the Youth for Certified Copy (2010), and winner of the Chicago International Film Festival for Best Filmf for Through the Olive Trees, to name a few.


About the Panelists

JONATHAN ROSENBAUM: Renowned film critic and author of the book "Abbas Kiarostami (Contemporary Film Directors)".

HOMAYOUN ERSHADI: Iranian actor best known for his role in the film Taste of Cherry.

ANAHITA GHAZVINIZADEH: Iranian director and former student of Abbas Kiarostami and winner of the Cinefondation prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

About Taste of Cherry (1997)

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry is an emotionally complex meditation on life and death. Middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) drives through the hilly outskirts of Tehran—searching for someone to rescue or bury him.

Written and Directed by Abbas Kiarostami. Produced by Alain Depardieu and Abbas Kiarostami.

Provided courtesy of Janus Films. Not rated. Running time: 99 minutes. In Farsi, with English subtitles.


About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

About the Persian Academic & Cultural Student Association (PACSA)

PACSA is a nonprofit, nonreligious and nonpartisan association of Iranian students at University of Southern California. Our mission is to explore and promote academic and cultural aspects related to Persian community and raise awareness about it at USC.

Visit PACSA online at: http://www.uscpacsa.org

About the USC Middle East Studies Program (MESP)

The Middle East Studies Program (MESP) at USC Dornsife is committed to the teaching and study of languages, cultures, and societies from North Africa and the Gulf to the Levant and Central Asia. With core faculty in Arabic, Persian, History, Literature and International Relations, as well as affiliated faculty in Economics, Political Science, Religion and Classics, it is home to an interdisciplinary major and minor in Middle East Studies as well as a minor in Iranian Studies. The program organizes lively and exciting lectures, colloquia, conferences, and film series on a broad range of topics ranging from politics and economics to religion and popular culture.

Visit MESP online at: http://dornsife.usc.edu/mesp/

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Ave. We recommend Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu