How has the experience of being a refugee changed in a world of drones, 24-hour live news feeds, and text messages that zip across the globe in seconds? How does contemporary fiction capture the contradictions of being a refugee in a hyperconnected 21st century?
In the endless debate between the old and the new, does sentimentality get in the way? How do we reconcile the desire to preserve the urban landscapes of the past with the need to meet the living needs of the present?
In his final film, the late Iranian director pushes the boundary between photography and film to its limit by breaking down the distinction between moment and duration. This reimagination of form would never have been possible without Kiarostami’s openness to digital techniques.
Ayten Tartici is an ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow at Georgetown University. She earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from Yale University in December 2019. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Slate and The Yale Review, among other publications.