Filmmaker Caveh Zahedi's Top 5 Lists


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174 Films

It’s April, and the San Francisco International Film Festival is just around the corner. Celebrating its 55th year, this lavish festival runs April 19th to May 3rd and features 174 films from 45 countries. Films include features, documentaries, and short films. Movies are screened at theaters and venues throughout the Bay Area.

Sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society, the event draws upwards of 70,000 people and a number of filmmakers make personal appearances at select screenings. This year’s Founder’s Directing Award will be presented to Kenneth Branagh and author Jonathan Lethem is slated to present this year’s State of Cinema Address. For information and tickets, visit the San Francisco International Film Festival website.

Controversial Caveh

One of the films featured this year is the subversive The Sheik and I by filmmaker Caveh Zahedi (I Am a Sex Addict, In the Bathtub of the World, A Little Stiff). Last year, there was a New York Times article about the film’s strange odyssey—its random solicitation by the Middle Eastern arts showcase, Sharjah Biennial, his making of the film in which he breaks one of the big no-no’s of the Biennial’s guidelines (“No making fun of Sheik Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah”), and its subsequent rejection from the showcase and the whirlwind of controversy that followed.

Fresh from a few somewhat contentious screenings at South by Southwest, The Sheik and I will be shown at San Francisco’s Kabuki Theater in late April. (See The Sheik and I screening times.)

Caveh Zahedi’s Top 5 Lists

Caveh Zahedi visited the Half Moon Bay Library a few years ago for a film presentation, so staff asked him to share some of his movie, book, and music influences. Zahedi generously obliged with the following Top 5 lists.

Top 5 Movies

Top 5 Books

Top 5 Songs

For more information, please visit Caveh Zahedi’s website.

Photo credit: Caveh Zahedi


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Karen Choy wants to thank Adam L. for helping put together this blog post.

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