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From acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi, The Mirror (1997) explores the interplay of imagination and reality. When her mother is late to pick her up from school, first-grader Mina (Mina Mohammad Khani) takes matters into her own hands, navigating the public transportation and bustling traffic of Tehran on a precarious adventure of the everyday. Attempting to find her way home, Khani bumps against several sorts of characters. During a long bus ride, she pays particular attention to the behavior of women, observing a young couple’s loving glances, a fortune-teller advising a wife about her cheating husband, and an aged mother complaining about her neglectful children.
But what begins as a charming child’s-eye portrait of Iranian society soon reveals itself to be something even richer and more surprising, as Panahi turns the conventions of narrative filmmaking inside out. Like his previous film, 1995’s The White Balloon (with a script by Abbas Kiarostami), The Mirror takes the kid-on-a-quest genre prevalent in Iranian cinema in new and unexpected directions while painting a richly textured portrait of modern Tehran and the people who inhabit it.
The film is selected by California-based visual artist and filmmaker Alison O’Daniel in conjunction with her curated short film program Hearing Aids, currently on view along with the exhibition Next to You at San Francisco’s McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (May 28 – December 4, 2021). Next to You is an exhibition of modern and contemporary artworks from the McEvoy Family Collection that celebrates the joy, vitality, and healing power of the performing arts. Related programs include Hearing Aids and a series live events in collaboration with dynamic partners that activate the exhibition’s exploration of community. Learn more and plan your visit to Next to You at www.mcevoyarts.org.
Directed by Jafar Panahi. Iran. 1997. 95 min. Farsi w/ English subtitles.
Alison O’Daniel is a visual artist and filmmaker working across sound, narrative, sculpture, installation and performance. Her work has screened and exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR; Centro Centro, Madrid, Spain; Renaissance Society, Chicago; and Centre d’art Contemporain Passerelle, Brest, France. Her film, The Tuba Thieves, has received support from Ford Foundation JustFilms; Creative Capital; Sundance; IFP; Points North; Field of Vision; and Chicken and Egg. She is a recipient of the SFFILM Rainin Grant for Filmmakers with Disabilities, a 2019 Louis Comfort Tiffany award and has received grants from Art Matters; the Rema Hort Mann Foundation; Center for Cultural Innovation; the California Community Foundation; and Franklin Furnace Fund. She was included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film and writing on O’Daniel’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine; Artforum; The Los Angeles Times; BOMB; and ArtReview. She is represented by Commonwealth and Council in Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor of Film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. She lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts presents exhibitions and events that engage, expand, and challenge themes in the McEvoy Family Collection. Established in 2017, McEvoy Arts’ vision is to create an open, intimate, and welcoming setting for private contemplation and community discussion about art and culture. Rooted in the creative legacies of the San Francisco Bay Area, McEvoy Arts embodies a far-reaching vision of the McEvoy Family Collection’s potential to facilitate and engage conversations on the practice of contemporary art. We invite artists, curators, and thinkers with varied perspectives to respond to the Collection. These collaborations produce three annual exhibitions in McEvoy Arts’ gallery, new media programs in the Screening Room, as well as dozens of film, music, literary, and performing arts events each year.
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