CAM co-sponsors three free films with Cinema St. Louis as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival. The films are shown online only throughout the run of the festival, November 5–22, 2020.
Chiaroscuro: Capturing My Father begins as an intimate portrait of one of Iran’s most influential artists, Aydin Aghdashloo, but becomes a search for a father’s heart. Filmmaker Tara Aghdashloo is an exile from her native Iran—she moved to Canada with her brother and mother at 14—and was cut off from her already-distant father, a famously charismatic, self-absorbed artist. In Chiaroscuro, Tara attempts to find a way to get to know, and confront, her celebrated patriarch—to face the man who defined her complex past so she can be free to live her own future.
Shown with Before He Starts. In this exploration of the relationship between art and politics, Zhang Hongtu—who fled China for the U.S.—journeys from New York to Kansas to paint bison and rediscovers the reason he became an artist.
Q&As with Chiaroscuro director Tara Aghdashloo and Before He Starts director Xin Fang, moderated by Michelle Dezember, director of learning and engagement at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
Please note the event is online only. The link above takes you to the free screening, available throughout the duration of the 29th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival.