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Film Screening and Panel Discussion: NASRIN

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October 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Middle Eastern and South Asian Law Students Association (MESALSA)
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NASRIN is an immersive portrait of attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh, one of the world’s most prominent human rights activists and political prisoners. Written and directed by Jeff Kaufman, produced by Marcia Ross, and secretly filmed in Iran by women and men who risked arrest to make it, the film also tells the story of Iran’s remarkably resilient women’s rights movement. 

Nasrin has long fought for the rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners, religious minorities, journalists and artists, and those facing the death penalty. She was arrested in June 2018 for representing women who were protesting Iran’s mandatory hijab law, and she was sentenced to 38 years in prison, plus 148 lashes. From prison, she has continued to challenge the authorities. An Amnesty International petition calling for her release received over a million signatures from 200 countries. 


Shirin Ebadi

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Shirin Ebadi is a former Iranian lawyer and judge, and in 1975 the first woman to preside over a court, a human rights activist, and the founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She has published 14 books, including the Rights of the Child, the Rights of Women, and Tradition and Modernity in the Iranian Legal System. She also taught Urban Rights and Women's Rights at the universities of Tehran and Allameh Tabataba'i for six years. She has won numerous prestigious awards and received 26 honorary doctorates from universities around the world. 

Jeff Kaufman

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Jeff Kaufman produced, directed, and wrote the documentaries Every Act Of Life (2018 Tribeca premiere, aired June 2019 on American Masters), The State of MarriageFather JosephThe Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed AmericaBrush With Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman, and Education Under Fire, plus a number of short films for Amnesty International, programs for The Discovery Channel, and The History Channel. He also edited/designed a book based on the film Every Act Of Life, contributed cartoons to The New Yorker, and illustrations to The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, wrote/illustrated several children's books, and hosted daily radio shows in Vermont and Los Angeles.

Reza Khandan

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Iranian activist Reza Khandan is the husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh. A designer and graphic artist, he has been imprisoned several times, most recently from September to December 2018 after he posted on Facebook about human rights violations in Iran. He was charged with acting against Iran’s national security and supporting “anti-hijab” action and still faces a six-year prison sentence.



Abbas Milani

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Abbas Milani is the director of the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has written numerous books including The Shah (Palgrave MacMillan, 2011), Eminent Persians, Volume I & II (Syracuse University Press, 2008), Lost Wisdom: Rethinking Persian Modernity in Iran in English (Mage, 2004), in English he edited and wrote the introduction for A Window into Modern Iran: The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2019), and most recently he wrote, with Maryam Mirzadeh, Saadi and Humanism (Zemestan Press, Iran, 2020). 

Marietje Schaake

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Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje Schaake served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party. During that time she was instrumental in the presentation of the Sakharov Prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh. She is now the international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and international policy fellow at Stanford’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence where she focuses on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje is affiliated with a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India and writes a monthly column for the Financial Times and a bi-monthly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper.


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