VaCA-CIE Film - "A Separation"

Where University Commons, 170, MainStage Theater

Duration 2 hours 30 minutes

Nader and Simin, a middle class Iranian couple with an eleven-year-old daughter,Termeh, are on the verge of divorce. They love each other, but Simin, with exit visas for the family only good for the next 40 days, wants to leave Iran permanently to offer Termeh a better life. Nader, however, refuses to go as his father has Alzheimer’s and needs constant care. In protest Simin moves back in with her own parents. Termeh stays with her father hoping this action will bring her parents back together. Nader hires a family member of an acquaintance, Hojjat, to be his father’s daytime caregiver. However, on Hojjat’s first day, he can’t make it and instead sends his wife, Razieh, with their infant daughter Somayeh, since they desperately need the money. After several days with Razieh standing in for an absent Hojjat, an incident occurs between Nader and Razieh, which threatens both their standings in the community. With their respective spouses and children plus numerous others, each individual is certain about what is the best thing to do, which is often at cross purposes to the others. These decisions take into consideration justice, humanity and/or individual well-being.

Dr. Sheida Shakouri Rad and Dr. Amir Akrami, both Visiting Muslim Scholars with EMU’s Center for Interfaith Engagement, will lead a talk back session following the film.

This is the second in a series of five interfaith and/or intercultural films this weekend.

Intended Audience General Public

Tags Center-for-Interfaith-Engagement, FILM, Arts

Contact Information

Name Visual & Communication Arts

Phone # 540.432.4360