Wednesday, March 13, 2013
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Bobet Hall, Room 332
Loyola University New Orleans World Peace Documentary Series and the Film Buffs Institute present a special screening of “The Skin That Burns.” The film tells the story of Iran’s volunteer soldiers who were exposed to chemical bombs during the Iran-Iraq War. Free parking will be available in Loyola's West Road Garage, starting 30 minutes before the event.
The Loyola screening of “The Skin That Burns” is sponsored by Loyola's Film Buffs Institute and the Middle East Peace Studies Program, the Loyola History Department, & The Diversity Committee.
The film follows veteran Ahmad Salimi, who is now legally blind and has scars throughout his body due to burns from exposure to chemical weapons over 20 years ago. His wife, who volunteered to marry a wounded veteran, is his strongest support. From the numerous pills a day that Ahmad has to swallow to stay alive, to the inhalers he has to use to breathe, Ahmad’s story reveals the deadly affects of chemical bombs that are rarely talked about in modern warfare. This film is Ahmad’s story as he struggles to stay alive and fights for peace. The film explores questions surrounding the controversial issue of chemical warfare, families struggling with disability and illness, and the determination to live, despite it all.
Narges Bajoghli is a Ph.D. student in socio-cultural Anthropology at New York University and a documentary filmmaker in NYU's Culture and Media Program. Narges' research focuses on media production and the culture of war in Iran. Narges received her M.A. in the Social Sciences, focusing on Anthropology, from the University of Chicago. As the recipient of the Susan Knafel Fellowship, Narges spent three semesters researching at the University of Teheran’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, and developing projects focused on the victims of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq War. Narges is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Iranian Alliances Across Borders, and has also worked extensively with NGOs in Iran and Latin America (Cuba, Nicaragua and Costa Rica). Narges has curated and organized art exhibitions and exchanges in the United States and Iran.
"The Skin That Burns" has thus far been screened in New York, Hiroshima, The Hague, Jaipur (India), Chicago, and at a private screening in the University of California, Irvine.
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