Solo Performance by Azar Mazareie


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Zanan TV

8 October 2014


Solo Performance by Azar Mazareie

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The 25th International Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation held on Friday 11th July.  at San Diego, United State of America, Museum of Contemporary Art , Sherwood Auditorium, La Jolla.
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In this clip, Azar Mazareie puts on a powerful solo theatre performance about the day her mother told her she was dying. She describes how her mother would use marbles to “make the days longer” and the things she did and asked for up until the day she passed away. The moving solo performance touched upon the hardships of the final days before you let go of someone you love.

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The Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation (IWSF) is a non-profit organization that doesn’t affiliate with any religious or political groups. Their main goal is to begin a conversation on the issues Iranian women face in hopes of “establishing a network of communication among communities of Iranian women the world over” and “disseminate information on Iranian women’s achievements”, according to the official IWSF website. They spread this information through artistic performances, art exhibitions, and scholarly presentations. The foundation has been working diligently since 1990 to “offer a different perspective on Iran’s history by protecting, preserving and propagating the works of Iranian women”. It publishes the proceedings of its annual conferences in the Journal of IWSF, which are collected annually.

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The Twenty Fifth International Conference of the Iranian Women’s Studies Foundation was held from July 11st to 13th, 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla, California. On July 12th many distinguished scholars, film directors, Iranian visual artists, performing artists and activists gathered to Sherwood Auditorium to “[provide] the academic community and public at large with a unique opportunity to get a first hand exposure to the understanding of the various expressions of participation in Iranian women’s studies as articulated in the spheres of human rights, education, government and culture”. The conference was dubbed “Women for Change: Women’s Collaboration and Political Participation”, with both English and Farsi-speaking speakers being featured. Topics included Love in Egypt and Iran and Turkey: The Contradictions of Romance in the Facebook World.