Screening: Shirin Neshat’s feature film Land of Dreams
Shirin Neshat’s feature film Land of Dreams (2021)
Presented by MOCA Toronto
Thursday, July 7, 2022 7pm
Paradise Theatre: 1006 Bloor St. W., Toronto
Tickets: $15; Student, Seniors & Members: $10
Join MOCA Toronto for an exclusive screening of Shirin Neshat’s feature film Land of Dreams at the Paradise Theatre. The story 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).
Shirin Neshat’s solo exhibition Land of Dreams is on view at MOCA Toronto until July 31, 2022. The central work that gives the exhibition its title comprises over 100 photographic portraits and a video installation, converging photography and ﬁlm into an immersive experience that presents a perspective on contemporary America. To complement Land of Dreams, the exhibition includes two of Neshat’s seminal ﬁlms Roja (2016) and Rapture (1999), as well as photographs from the series Women of Allah (1993-1997).