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Published:March 29th, 2009 11:57 EST
The Bakhtiari Alphabet to Premiere at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

The Bakhtiari Alphabet to Premiere at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

By Jennifer L. Hernandez

Fairfield, CT- Following seven years of in-depth educational research in Iran, Professor Cima Sedigh announces the premiere of her documentary, The Bakhtiari Alphabet, in conjunction with the celebration of the Persian New Year. The Bakhtiari Alphabet is directed by Reza Ghadiani and Cima Sedigh.

The Bakhtiari Alphabet premieres on April 3, 2009 at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, located on the main campus of Sacred Heart University at 5151 Park Avenue in Fairfield, CT.

In celebration with the Persian New Year, the evening of the premiere begins at 6:30pm. This is followed by the Classical Persian music of Hossein Omoumi and the presentation of the documentary at 7pm.

Set against the back drop of the stunning Bakhtiari Mountains of Iran, The Bakhtiari Alphabet chronicles the migratory journey of the Bakhtiari tribe as they endure travails and rejoice in cultural achievements. The Bakhtiari tribe exhibits an affinity towards the natural world and an immeasurable strength and stamina to withstand their seasonal migration. These qualities and way of living are being infringed upon by an educational curriculum that does not parallel their daily lives and inherited responsibility to safeguard the ancient tradition of nomadic pastoralism.

This documentary delves into the struggle of incorporating a relevant curriculum into migratory schooling with the precision of an artist. From the stark seasonal contrasts to the perpetual evolution of time, which exists in the cinematographic elements of The Bakhtiari Alphabet, a culture in danger of losing its ancient traditions is unveiled.