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WRIF Film: Joonam

February 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Filmmaker Sierra Urich grew up in rural Vermont, a place and an upbringing far removed from Iran, the homeland of her mother, Mitra, and grandmother, Behjat. Only knowing Iran through family stories, food, and holidays, and with the prospect of travel to the country a seemingly impossible dream, she embarks on a personal quest to make sense of her fractured Iranian identity. Named for a Farsi term of endearment, JOONAM is infused with humor and heart like only a film about family could be. Interrogating family history and memory, including her grandmother’s experiences as a preteen bride and her mother’s rebellious teenage years during the Iranian Revolution, Sierra Urich constructs a rich, personal film that poignantly reflects the experiences of the Iranian diasporic community and speaks to anyone affected by the dislocation that accompanies immigration.

Followed by a talkback with the filmmaker!

“A heartfelt exploration of those living within a diaspora, the fractured connection each generation has to their own culture, and the irrevocable bond of shared roots.” – Roger Ebert

“An especially timely meditation on what it means to be Iranian American in this moment.” – PopSugar

Tickets & Festival Passes Available Here: https://uvjam.org/wrif-2024/


February 18
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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Briggs Opera House
5 S Main St
White River Junction, VT 05001 United States
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