Welcome Valentine; Asho

February 14, 2021 (Sunday) / 2:00 pm


Welcome Valentine; Asho

Dir. Dhruv Satija, 2017; Dir. Jafar Najafi, 2019

Welcome Valentine - At a Hindu temple in India, a priest will marry any couple seeking a union, regardless of familial approval or sexual orientation. This short documentary highlights an institution bravely flouting conventions and countering religious orthodoxy through a steadfast devotion to serving love in all its forms. 

Asho -Young Iranian shepherd Asho loves Tim Burton, Jodie Foster, and Hollywood films. Director Jafar Najafi follows Asho and his future bride, Pira, around the bucolic hillsides of Iran as they both dream of becoming famous actors.

Films to be followed by discussion with Welcome Valentine director, Dhruv Satija, and Bucknell Assistant Professor of History, Beeta Baghoolizadeh.

Presented by Penn Museum and cosponsored by Penn's Cinema and Media Studies; Middle East Center; South Asia Center; and Wolf Humanities Center; Ajam Media Collective; and Philadelphia Asian American Film and Filmmakers.