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When Pomegranates Howl

July 20, 2022 | 7:00 pm

Helene and Stephen Weicholz Global Film Series presents
When Pomegranates Howl

In Pashto/Farsi with English subtitles

Australia/Afghanistan/The Netherlands, Iran, not rated, directed by Granaz Moussavi, 2021, drama, 83 minutes

Nine-year-old Hewad peddles food and amulets in Kabul, tackling dangers of daily street life during the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Following an explosion, he is photographed amongst other civilian casualties by an Australian journalist, igniting his daydreams of becoming a Hollywood actor. Hewad auditions a gang of street children for the journalist’s camera not knowing that dreams would come true in unexpected ways by war.

Meet the Curator
Dale M. Pollock, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, received a BA in Anthropology from Brandeis University in 1972 and MS in Communications from San Jose State University. In 1977, he became the head film critic for the Daily Variety until he was hired by the Los Angeles Times to be their chief entertainment correspondent. He was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in the early 1980s and wrote Skywalking: The Life and Films of George Lucas in 1984, which has sold more than 150,000 copies and remains in print. In 1985, Pollock joined David Geffen’s company as a development executive. He joined A&M Films as vice president in charge of production, and was named president in 1990, producing such films as The Mighty Quinn, A Midnight Clear and Mrs. Winterbourne. Pollock ran his own film company, Peak Productions, for 10 years, producing the box office hit Set It Off. He co-founded the producing program at the American Film Institute in 1995. In 1999, he became Dean of the School of Filmmaking at the (then) North Carolina School of the Arts, stepping down in 2006 to become Emeritus Professor of Cinema Studies. Pollock was awarded an Endowed Professorship in Film in his name at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking and is the 2016 recipient of the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, along with the 2020 Arts Council of Winston Salem’s Annual Award, its highest honor.

Other films in the series:
Playground (Un monde)
– July 8
– July 13
On the Water (Vee peal) – July 28

With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz, and our curator, Dale Pollock.

LOCATION: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, 733 Rivers St., Boone, NC 28608

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact the Box Office at theschaefercenter@appstate.edu or call 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046.

ACCOMMODATION STATEMENT: Appalachian is committed to providing an inclusive experience for individuals with disabilities. If accommodations are needed in order to fully participate on the basis of a disability, contact the Office of Disability Resources (828.262.3056). It is recommended that accommodation requests be made two weeks prior to the event.


Wednesday, July 20, 2022 | 7pm

Features a pre-film introduction and a post-film moderated discussion with this year’s curator, Dale Pollock

Canadian Brass
Canadian Brass


“A heartfelt portrait of life and death on the streets of Kabul.” —Variety

“There’s a chaotic authenticity to the backdrop – the film was shot on location in Kabul – and a poignant realization that, for these kids, the city streets are a playground, a workplace and the frontline of a battle which is being waged by wealthy nations, from the safety of a helicopter or a drone.” —ScreenDaily.com



Kerala International Film Festival
Nominated, Audience Award
World Cinema
Granaz Moussavi


Asia Pacific Screen Awards
Nominated, Asia Pacific Screen Award
Best Youth Feature Film

Granaz Moussavi, Baheer Wardak, Marzieh Vafamehr, Christine Williams


July 20, 2022
7:00 pm
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