by | Mar 31, 2023 | Films

(رس نیست, Khers Nist)

Wednesday April 19, 7 pm

Exclusive Cincinnati Screening
Adults, $12 adv, $16 door.   Students, $8 adv, $12 door.

NO BEARS tells two parallel stories, each about lovers troubled by hidden, inevitable obstacles, the force of superstition and the mechanics of power. As such it conveys many shades and moods, ranging from wry rural comedy to serious social criticism. It is a haunting, at times sad, at times funny story about being and belonging, about place and displacement.

The “Bears” in the film title comes from a local saying and is a metaphor for fear – real or imagined. This device, a warning, says “don’t risk, don’t trust, don’t cross boundaries – the bears will get you.” The punchline of the phrase is that there are no bears. Appropriately, hence the title, director Jafar Panahi has shown that he is not afraid of the bears that do and do not exist even though he has been hounded, censored and imprisoned for his work.

The fact that No Bears premiered at the Venice Film Festival (and won the Jury Prize) just before Panahi was sent to Evin Prison adds another layer of poignancy to a work of art that epitomizes how, in the most skilled and judicious hands, allegory and allusion can make the most devastatingly pointed political statements.  Panahi has resisted the authoritarian regime for decades, receiving a 20-year ban from filmmaking in 2010 and this is considered is best and most important work to-date.  

Portions of the above convey phrasing from the EPK, critics Justin Chang and Manohla Dargis.



Drama, director Jafar Panahi, 2022, Iran, 107 min, in Farsi, Azerbaijani and Turkish with English subtitles. Not Rated.

☀ THE GARFIELD THEATRE, 719 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202.
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☀ Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm

Adult Tickets are $12 in advance, $16 at the door.
Student Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.
Tickets available online via the Tix Button (top of this webpage), and by phone at (859) 957-3456.

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    Shawya AbriShawya Abri

    An Iranian-American, Shawya grew up in the Cleveland area before locating in Cincinnati for his post-graduate education and career. Currently involved with patient care at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital medical Center, he focuses on therapeutic crisis intervention, working with high priority patients in multiple hospital departments.

    Shawya says the varied perspectives conveyed in cinema help with relating to the unique perspectives held by patients and people in general.

    A graduate of the University of University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (MS, Physiology, 2021) and Kent State University (MA, Biomedical Sciences, 2019), Shawya began his college education at the University of Cincinnati (BS Biology, 2016) where he gained experience as a clinical research assistant and supplemental instructor.


    Timothy SwallowTim Swallow

    Tim operates The Garfield Theatre and is a founder and president of Cincinnati World Cinema, with a 22-year history of film programming and presentation, including world premieres, festivals and retrospectives.

    Specializing in short film and documentaries, Tim’s passion, and CWC’s mission, is building a film community to experience high-quality international, independent and short-form cinema not normally available in this market.


    CLICK TO ENLARGEIt couldn’t be easier – across the street from the Garfield Theatre, you’ll find the Butcher & Barrel, home of delicious shareables, salads, entrees, sides and desserts, plus excellent wine, craft beer and mixed drinks.

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