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BAM 6.6: Humanity Has No Borders
(55 minutes) Iran/USA
Director/Producer: Jahangir Golestan-Parast

In 2003 an earthquake measuring 6.6 magnitudes struck the city of Bam, killing over 50,000 people, injuring over 20,000 residents, and leaving more than 60,000 citizens homeless. The earthquake destroyed much of the beautiful ancient city, known for its old quarter, and decimated its 2,000-year-old citadel. Bam 6.6 follows the experiences of Adele Freedman, A Jewish-American woman who was vacationing in Bam with her fiancé,Tobb Dell'Oro, when the earthquake struck. Adele, who is forced to face Tobb's tragic death alone in the crumbling city, halfway around the world, finds surprising comfort when the Muslim citizens of Bam reach out to her. The film interweaves Adele's experiences with the experiences of Iranian survivors, who provide a painful reality of the earthquake's devastating toll on their community. Adele and her family quickly discover that falling bricks and collapsing walls do not distinguish between Jew, Christian, or Muslim, or between American and Iranian. Bam 6.6 transcends geopolitical differences with a simple message of love and hope amidst tragedy. Set against a backdrop of death and destruction, Bam 6.6 captures the indomitable will of the human spirit.

Jahangir Golestan-Parast, was born in Isfahan, Iran and raised in a family of restaurateurs. Leaving Iran at the age of 17, Jahangir pursued educational studies and business interests in London and France before finally settling in southern California's Orange County. He has lived in four countries and traveled to nearly 40 countries. An international financier and a student of filmmaking at UCLA, Jahangir's first documentary Isfahan, A City Known as Half the World was based on the city of his birth and released in 1997. Expanding that effort into a series known as The Essence of Iran, Iran, A Video Journey was released in 2000, and captures the life of a typical modern-day Iranian. Both films have achieved critical acclaim and accolades.

Contact Information:
Jahangir Golestan-Parast
Essence of Iran
26270 Summerhill Lane
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
E-mail: golestanparast@sbcglobal.net
©2007 United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF)
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