Who is Maziar Bahari?
Maziar Bahari is an Iranian Canadian journalist, film maker and human rights activist. He was a reporter for Newsweek from 1998 to 2011. Bahari was incarcerated by the Iranian government from June 21, 2009 to October 17, 2009, and has written a New York Times best seller family memoir, Then They Came for Me. His memoir is the basis for Jon Stewart’s 2014 film Rosewater. Bahari later founded the IranWire citizen journalism news site, the freedom of expression campaign Journalism Is Not A Crime and the street art and social justice project Paint the Change. He currently serves on the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Task Force to Protect Minority Communities of Middle East.
2 DAY EVENT. SCREENINGS & LECTURE
** EVENT 1: DOCUMENTARY SCREENINGS **
Date: Wednesday January 29, 2020
Time: 4:15pm – 6:00pm
Location: CJ 1.114 Loyola Campus, Concordia University
SCREENING 1: 82 Names: Syria, Please Don’t Forget Us, is a documentary film that traces the journey of Mansour Omari, a survivor of torture and imprisonment in Syria. As Omari seeks to rebuild his life in exile and visits sites in Germany that memorialize the victims of the Holocaust, he reflects on how to bring attention to the brutal regime he escaped—and counter extremist ideology in the future. 82 Names is a powerful story of how one man risked his life to document atrocity crimes and bring that evidence to the world.
SCREENING 2: And Along Came a Spider (Va Ankaboot Amad, 2003) is an account of an unrepentant serial killer in modern Iran and a reflection of how ‘evil’ is understood. The subject of the documentary is Saeed Hanaei, a resident of Mashhad who carried out a secret campaign of personally murdering prostitutes. From July 2000 to July 2001 Hanaei killed 16 prostitutes by luring them one-by-one into his apartment while his wife was out and then suffocating them and disposing of the bodies. He was later likened by the press to a spider luring flies to its web and became known as the “spider killer.”
** EVENT 2: Loyola Speakers Series #2: Maziar Bahari **
Date: Thursday January 30, 2020
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, Lecture starts at 7:30pm
Description: After the lecture there will be a Q&A with Bahari @ Oscar Peterson with Assistant News Editor of the Concordia (Fern Clair)
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