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BRIDGE TO IRAN is a unique series of documentary films and engaging conversations which carries viewers into the lives of Iranian citizens and into the heart and soul of Persian culture. BRIDGE TO IRAN presents memorable characters, confronted with a wide range of obstacles and opportunities as they navigate their lives through a changing social and political landscape.
BRIDGE TO IRAN, a co-production of CEM Productions and KCETLink, is a direct response to the cultural misunderstandings and political tensions that have developed between Iran and the US since the Iranian revolution. The series fills a knowledge gap by providing Americans with informed, insider’s views on modern Iranian society, through documentaries made by Iranian directors, living both inside Iran and within the Iranian diaspora. The series avoids simplistic categorizations and stereotypes about Iran to provide new insights and understandings of a nation, a people, and culture that most Americans know so little about.
BRIDGE TO IRAN’s third season focuses primarily on IRANIAN WOMEN & THE CIRCLE OF LIFE. Over six evenings of one-hour programs, broadcast nationally on KCET-LinkTV and select PBS stations, we offer a powerful selection of films and conversations.
The new series significantly raises the bar on our previous programs by bringing Iranian film directors into direct contact and dialogue with their US counterparts (in person or via satellite). With each program, these filmmaker-to-filmmaker discussions will include other guests: Iranian and American social scientists, scholars, historians and on occasion, regular citizens. Our series host will introduce topics, pose questions and generate conversations that explore the social and gender-based dimensions of each featured film and how those dimensions reflect a changing Iranian society.
For more information on our upcoming season contact Series Producer Stephen Olsson: stephen@CEMproductions.org