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The House is Black

When: Fri., Oct. 28, 8 p.m. 2016

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28

SUSSAN DEYHIM:THE HOUSE IS BLACK

Sussan Deyhim's multimedia performance piece The House Is Black takes its title from the only film Forough Farrokhzad completed before her death, at age thirty-two, in 1967. In a documentary about a leper colony in Iran, Farrokhzad contrasted the "ugliness" society saw there with the nobility she found. Before that, she had been a pioneer—and a lightning rod—in mid-century Iranian society. She lived independently after divorcing her husband in 1954, and in her feminist poetry she gave public voice and agency to the thoughts and desires of Iranian women, who had usually been objectified in print until then. For that achievement, her works were banned for a decade after the Islamic revolution. Deyhim uses film, music, and theater in a visionary staging of Farrokhzad's controversial poetry, exploring the enduring legacy of one of the founders of the Iranian New Wave. —Byron Woods

UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL 8 p.m., $20, www.carolinaperformingarts.org

Price: $20

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