Pedagogy of Constructive Humanistic Transformation Through Cinema
It seems to me the universe has conspired to put me in the company of many remarkable men and women. Indeed, their intelligent ideas and moral energy have given my work much sustenance. And I mean that. I wish to thank Shir- ley R. Steinberg for believing in my work and giving me the opportunity to contribute to the invaluable Minding the Media series. I am immensely grate- ful to Henry A. Giroux. His intellectual guidance, generosity, and commit- ment to social justice have no comparison. I want to thank David Ingram for patiently reviewing the manuscript and endorsing my work. The great Toby Miller made time, read, and offered words of praise. Allan Combs too carved time from his demanding schedule and wrote a review. I am forever grateful to these towering figures of intellect and humanistic integrity to have considered my work worthy of their consideration. I want to thank my loving wife and partner Aida Dargahi, an outstanding filmmaker, photographer and an academic in her own right, for always believ- ing in me and offering her love and support. My brother Ali Kashani, a philos- opher of the highest caliber, who has taught me the ways of wisdom, deserves special thanks. I thank my father Reza Kashani for always believing in me. My colleagues and dearest friends Wendy Ostroff and Margaret Anderson gave xii movies change lives me many insights through our long conversations about transformative mov- ies, and I am grateful to them. I also want...
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