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Friday, October 24 • 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Sepideh - Reaching for the Stars

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Sepideh—Reaching for the Stars

Berit Madsen

2013 | 91 min | Denmark, Iran

Director in Attendance

This is a story of longing, dreaming, and ambition against all odds. When teenager Sepideh discovers an unquenchable interest in astronomy, she finds there are more than a few barriers between her lifestyle in the Iranian countryside and her professional aspirations—including an aggressively conservative uncle, marital expectations, and financial struggles, to name a few.. Yet she is able to peek through the clouds of circumstance at the great beyond, finding inspiration in the work of Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian woman in space, and expressing herself in a series of letters to her late hero, Albert Einstein. The action on the ground is interwoven with breathtaking shots of constellations, a reflection of Sepideh’s aspirations.

Presented in partnership with the  7th annual Imagine Science Film Festival

Preceded by the following short films:

Green Matters (Mia Mäkelä, 2011, Sweden, 11 minutes)

Algae is an essential source of oxygen on earth, yet an excess in the Baltic Sea is leading to eutrophication. Artist and filmmaker Mia Mäkelä takes a close look at algae and some potential and practical uses for it. 

The Lion's Mouth Opens (Lucy Walker, 2013, US, 14 minutes)

A courageous young woman takes the boldest step imaginable to confront her risk of having inherited the fatal, incurable Huntington's Disease.

Deep Weather (Ursula Biemann, 2013, Switzerland, 9 minutes)

Climate change, exasperated by projects such as the Canadian tar sands, puts the life of large world populations in danger, but some Bangledeshi delta communities are finding ways to fight back.



Friday October 24, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Space Theater, Hayden Planetarium American Museum of Natural History

Attendees (5)