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Screening: Shirin Neshat’s Feature Film Land of Dreams (2021)

Thursday, July 7, 2022
 | 7:00 pm
 – 9:00 pm 
 | General: $15; Member, Student & Senior: $10

Join MOCA Toronto for an exclusive screening of Shirin Neshat’s feature film Land of Dreams on Thursday, July 7 from 7:00–9:00 pm at Paradise Theatre. The story of “Land of Dreams” takes place in the near future in a small town in America. Simin is an Iranian immigrant who works for the United States Census Bureau which has begun a programme to record citizens’ dreams. Unaware of the American government’s devious plot, Simin’s personal obsession is to try to capture her interviewees’ dreams by photographing and later secretly impersonating them in Farsi, then publishing them on social media. Playful and poignant, “Land of Dreams” acknowledges in a surreal and satirical way, the greatness of the American experiment while offering a warning beacon for what could come.

Featuring: Gaius Charles, Matt Dillon, Anna Gunn, William Moseley, Isabella Rossellini, and Sheila Vand

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian-born artist and filmmaker living in New York. Neshat works and continues to experiment with the mediums of photography, video and film, which she imbues with highly poetic and politically charged images and narratives that question issues of power, religion, race, gender and the relationship between the past and present, occident and orient, individual and collective through the lens of her personal experiences as an Iranian woman living in exile. Neshat’s previous feature-length films include, Women Without Men (2009) and Looking for Oum Kulthum (2017).

Her solo exhibition Land of Dreams is on at MOCA until July 31, 2022.

Please note that the screening will take place offsite at Paradise Theatre, the location of which can be found below. Refreshments are available to purchase at the theatre.

Shirin Neshat and Shoja Azari, Land of Dreams, 2021. © Ghasem Ebrahimian, Bon Voyage Films and Palodeon Pictures

Generously supported by Hal Jackman Foundation
Venue Information

Paradise Theatre

1006 Bloor St W.
Toronto, ON Canada

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