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Published:October 30th, 2009 13:55 EST
The Bakhtiari Alphabet Returns to Sacred Heart University

The Bakhtiari Alphabet Returns to Sacred Heart University

By Jennifer L. Hernandez


Fairfield, CT- On April 3, 2009, over 750 individuals gathered in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts, at Sacred Heart University, for the premiere of The Bakhtiari Alphabet. And at the request of admirers, the documentary will return for a second showing on November 6, 2009 at 7pm in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University. To conclude the evening a panel of experts will host a question and answer session. In attendance will be Dr. Edward Malin, chair and director of the Education Department in the College of Education and Health Professions, Greg Golda, a professor in the Department of Media Studies and Digital Culture, and Cima Sedigh, director of The Bakhtiari Alphabet and professor of education at Sacred Heart University.

The documentary follows seven years of in-depth educational research in Iran by Professor Sedigh, who directed alongside Reza Ghadiani. Through cold winters, howling wind, and severe snow storms, the crew triumphed over the elements with ardent passion to capture the true voyage of the Bakhtiari tribe.

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.


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The Bakhtiari Alphabet

November 6, 2009

7pm in the Schine Auditorium at Sacred Heart University