"HOW WE RELATE IS 
THE ULTIMATE REVOLUTION"

- RUMI

John and the Pahlavan tells the story of a documentary filmmaker and Iranian immigrant, Jahangir Golestan-Parast on his quest to straighten the misconceptions of his native home. Living in the greater Los Angeles area, 66 year old Jahangir re-discovers amateur wrestling in the spring of 2016. Watching wrestling, Jahangir is reminded of his youth in Iran and he learns of a common link both Iranian and American cultures share through the sport. 

Admiring the passion and talent that both team Iran and team USA carry, Jahangir makes it his goal to film and document the 2016 World Wrestling Cup in Los Angeles in an effort to educate the public on two cultures that are politically divided. In the oldest and most combative sport mankind has ever known, Jahangir meets fans, coaches and athletes from both Iran and the USA.

  • COMMFFEST - October 3 - 6th, 2019

Global Community Film and Arts Festival  

"The 2019 COMMFFEST will celebrate 14 years from October 3-6 screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where  memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created. (Our Art exhibition runs from Oct. 1-10)

  • FREE SCREENING!
    Chicago Filmmakers Theater -
    NOVEMBER 15th, 2019 @ 7pm CST

 

With limited seating, Director Ryan Blake will host a local screening at this recently renovated theater located at 5720 N. Ridge Ave, in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. A Q&A with the Director immediately following the screening. 

 

 

  • World Music and Independent Film Festival - January 25th, 2020

 

The 11th annual WMIFF awards to be held in the Crystal City Hilton, Virginia.  The red carpet pre-gala interview will start at 10:00 AM, lunch at noon and the gala will starts at 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. 

 

 

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American Wrestler: The Wizard tells the story of a teenage boy adjusting to life in a new town while he combats the disapproval and scorn of his uncle, his classmates and his neighbors. The boy eventually joins his school's floundering wrestling team, only to become the squad's star member.


Now on DVD and HD Stream, Producer and Documentarian, Jahangir Golestan-Parast Parast gives his thoughts on the recently released narrative. Jahangir briefly discusses what he believes was the important take away in the film along with what he wished the film did differently.  Watch below here.    

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