Hollywood productions play a complex role in Iran: They’re by turns contemplated as vehicles of spiritual meaning and criticized as agents of Western cultural influence. This talk by University of Chicago scholar Alireza Doostdar, part of a year-long series aimed at sophisticated discussion about contemporary Iranian society and culture, reflects on the manifest and occult ways in which cinema configures people’s lives, in Iran and worldwide. Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street.