11th Annual Nowruz Celebration Program Schedule Announced



National Sawdust | 80 N. 6th Street Williamsburg, Brooklyn www.nationalsawdust.org/persianartsfestival

10am + 12pm – Family Program

“Zahhak, The Legend of the Serpent King”, by Hamid Rahmanian

A Persian folk tale brought to life through live music, narration and shadow puppetry by Hamid Rahmanian, the creator of the critically acclaimed “Feathers of Fire“. Taken from Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh or Book of Kings, this shadow play tells the story of a misguided prince who becomes the villainous Serpent King. Performance will be followed by a shadow puppet-making workshop.

3pm: Doors | 4pm: Panel 

Banned: Iranian Diaspora Arts as a Force for Rapprochement

Panel will feature scholar Kathryn Spellman Poots, whose work has focused on the Iranian Diaspora and transnational migration networks, Mahyad Tousi, Co-founder of BoomGen Studios whose work includes Reza Aslan’s recently premiered television show, “Believer”, Persian tar virtuoso, Sahba Motallebi, and Siamak Ghahremani, founder of West Coast’s Noor Iranian Film Festival. Moderated by Carla P. Cota.

5pm: Film + Dinner

Screenings curated by Los Angeles’s Noor Iranian Film Festival featuring “No Land’s Song” by Ayat Najafi and “The Role of Each Fret” by Maryam Farahzadi.

Persian-Fusion Cuisine created by acclaimed chef Patrick Connolly from Rider Restaurant will be on the menu for purchase and served to your seat during the film festival. Join the Brooklyn trend and dine while enjoying the films!

7:45pm: Music by Sahba Motallebi

Our evening presentation will conclude with a music performance by Persian tar virtuoso Sahba Motallebi accompanied by percussionist Nagmeh Farmhand.

Sponsors include The American Institute of Iranian Studies and Noor Film Festival