Oscar-nominated filmmaker Justine Shapiro will present her film and be present afterward for Q&A.
American filmmaker Justine Shapiro took her young son Mateo to Tehran where they spent the summer with three Iranian families: a religious family with ties to the government; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. The result is a fascinating film that shows everyday life in Tehran, with stories and images unlike anything we are accustomed to seeing in the news media.
Justine Shapiro is a former host of GlobeTrekker, the adventure travel series on PBS which took Justine to over 40 countries around the world. In addition, she co-produced and co-directed the film Promises (2001), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary and won two Emmy Awards. Promises features seven Israeli and Palestinian children living in and around Jerusalem. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor this film moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.