Sussan Deyhim

The House is Black Media Project

“Sussan Deyhim is one of Iran’s most potent voices in exile.” – LA Times

Inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers, this stirring multimedia piece sheds light on the importance of Iranian contemporary arts. Iranian American performance artist/composer Sussan Deyhim examines the prophetic vision of Farrokhzad, whose message is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago when she died at the age of 32. Co-directed by award-winning director Robert Egan, The House is Black features Deyhim’s striking visual projections along with archival footage including Farrokhzad’s 1965 interview with Bernardo Bertolucci. The original score by Deyhim and Golden Globe-winning composer Richard Horowitz is rooted in Persian and Western contemporary classical music, jazz and electronic music. Featured on film soundtracks including Argo and The Last Temptation of Christ, Sussan Deyhim has worked with Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Peter Gabriel and Bobby McFerrin, among others.

Program Notes

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Community Conversation with Sussan Deyhim

Wednesday, October 26 at 7pm
Gerrard Hall

Composer, activist, and performance artist Sussan Deyhim joins the community for an open dialogue on the intersections of faith, performance, and feminism in Iranian and American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

Program Notes Live

Friday, October 28 at 7pm
Gerrard Hall

Join Claudia Yaghoobi, Assistant Professor of Persian Studies, and learn more about Forough Farrokhzad, Iranian poet and the inspiration behind Sussan Deyhim’s The House is Black.

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