'Arusi Persian Wedding' Screening Again in DC

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Washington Life Magazine and ITVS Community Cinema to present an additional screening of the documentary by popular demand at Busboys and Poets Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 PM

Arusi Persian Wedding - What Happens When an Iranian-American Takes His California-Bred Bride to Iran.

Filmmaker Marjan Tehrani comes to D.C. for the Washington Life Magazine co-presentation of "Arusi Persian Wedding - What Happens When an Iranian-American Takes His California-Bred Bride to Iran."

Filmmaker Marjan Tehrani chronicles her brother's journey to Iran, their father's birthplace, as he travels with his American wife to have a traditional Persian wedding ceremony and explore his lost heritage. Marjan and her brother Alex were born in America and raised in Berkeley by their Iranian father and Jewish mother. They grew up during the Iranian Islamic Revolution, when the Shah was expelled and anti-American sentiment exploded, resulting in the infamous hostage crisis of 1979 and setting in motion decades of miscommunication, threats and vitriol between the American and Iranian governments.

Through a very personal story, Arusi Persian Wedding explores the complex and troubled relationship between America, the country of Marjan and Alex's birth, and Iran, the country of their heritage. To learn more about the film and the issues, visit the Arusi Persian Wedding page on the PBS Web site.

Tehrani will join Washington Life Magazine President and CEO Soroush Richard Shehabi for a community dialogue and Q&A following the film. The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 PM at Busboys and Poets (2021 14th Street, NW). WHUT, Busboys and Poets, and the Social Action and Leadership School for Activists are the presenting partners for the Community Cinema series at Busboys and Poets in Washington, D.C. Community partners for ARUSI PERSIAN WEDDING include the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), Persianesque.com, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), and Kodoom.com (national media partner).

Community Cinema has presented public preview screenings of Arusi Persian Wedding in over 50 markets nationwide during the month of February.

The documentary will have its broadcast premiere in March 2009 on WHUT (check local listings) on the PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Terrence Howard.


  • Sunday, March 8 at 5:30 PM                            
  • Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW at V                                
  • Admission: No fee. RSVP required - persianwedding(at)communitycinema-dc.org    
  • Phone: 202-939-0794
  • Seating is limited.


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