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“Mouth Harp in a Minor Key” at the Siskel Film Center

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The documentary "Mouth Harp in a Minor Key" traces Hamid Naficy's journey from Iran to America.

The documentary “Mouth Harp in a Minor Key” traces Hamid Naficy’s journey from Iran to America.

Gene Siskel Film Center

The Gene Siskel Film Center’s 29th annual festival of films from Iran kicks off this Saturday with “Mouth Harp in a Minor Key,” directed by Maryam Sepehri. We’re joined today by Sepehri and the subject of the film, Hamid Naficy, a historian of Middle Eastern and Iranian cinema and a filmmaker in his own right. The documentary centers on Naficy, who was exiled from Iran and now lives in Chicago, but he ultimately becomes a proxy for an entire generation of exiles and immigrants' experiences with reconciling national and cultural identities away from their homelands. 

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