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May 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Frida Cinema celebrates the extraordinary career of Belgian-born French film director, photographer and artist Agnès Varda (1928-2019) with special screenings of her 1962 classic,  Cléo From 5 to 7. Capturing the transcendent beauty thatRead more about CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7[...]
May 22 @ 2:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 22 @ 4:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 2[...]
May 22 @ 5:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 3[...]
May 22 @ 5:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 22 @ 6:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4[...]
May 22 @ 7:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5[...]
May 22 @ 8:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 23 @ 2:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 23 @ 4:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 3[...]
May 23 @ 5:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4[...]
May 23 @ 5:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 23 @ 6:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5[...]
May 23 @ 7:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6[...]
May 23 @ 8:30 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]
May 24 @ 4:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4[...]
May 24 @ 5:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5[...]
May 24 @ 6:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6[...]
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Join us May 24th as Bombs Away Show – the podcast that “celebrates” the Best of the Worst in cinema – and The Grindbin Podcast – the podcast the dives into Exploitation and Trash CinemaRead more about THE RUNNING MAN: PRESENTED BY BOMBS AWAY PODCAST AND THE GRINDBIN PODCAST LIVE[...]
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 7[...]
May 24 @ 10:00 pm
Join us as one of our biggest hits returns to The Frida – director Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 art house sensation, the animated Japanese work of art Belladonna of Sadness.   On what was suppose to beRead more about BELLADONNA OF SADNESS[...]
May 25 @ 4:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 1[...]
May 25 @ 4:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4[...]
May 25 @ 5:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 2[...]
May 25 @ 5:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5[...]
May 25 @ 6:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 3[...]
May 25 @ 6:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6[...]
May 25 @ 7:00 pm
In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of thatRead more about ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 7[...]
May 25 @ 10:00 pm
Join us as one of our biggest hits returns to The Frida – director Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 art house sensation, the animated Japanese work of art Belladonna of Sadness.   On what was suppose to beRead more about BELLADONNA OF SADNESS[...]
May 25 @ 10:00 pm
Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself hadRead more about BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)[...]

 

May
23
Thu
ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4
May 23 @ 5:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 4
— Gender equality in Zarathustrianism
— Priesthood of women in Zarathustrianism
— Homosexuality in Zarathustrianism
— Zarathustrian Psychology
— Asha versus Druj
— Saushiants
— The concept of violence in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Tuesday, May 21 — 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 — 6:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 5:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 4:00pm

BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
May 23 @ 5:30 pm

Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself had to fight the studio executives in order to get the movie released with the original ending in mind. With remarkable visuals inspired from German expressionism, (influencing a host of movies like Batman, Super Mario Bros, The Fifth Element, and Dark City), Brazil tells the story of a society lost in between bureaucracy and consumerism, where terrorist bombings are treated as a nuisance and one’s life can literally be consumed by paperwork.

Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a low-level bureaucrat struggling to navigate the boundaries between reality and his own daydreams. He gets caught up in a scandal in which a typo led to a man’s death, when he recognizes a woman from his recurring daydreams (played by Kim Greist) at his office, trying in vain to correct the government’s mistake. Life starts to spiral out of control as his own air conditioning attacks him, he gets mixed up with a renegade repair man, played by Robert De Niro, and becomes a fugitive from his own employer.

Brazil is a dark maze of satire that could only have been made in the ’80s, and was also named best movie of the year by Los Angeles Film Critics Association before it was even released. Terry Gilliam month would not be complete without this opus of absurdity. Get your tickets today!

Directed by Terry Gilliam | 132 minutes | 1985 | Rated R

Wednesday, May 22 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, May 23 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 25 – 10pm
Sunday, May 26 – 1pm, 4pm

~

“It’s like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness.” – Pauline Kael, New Yorker

“Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you’ll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.” – Jason Best, Movie Talk

“A glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali.” – Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5
May 23 @ 6:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 5 
— Zarathustrianism a Dualistic or Monotheistic religion
— The concept of ” Fire ” in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Wednesday, May 22 — 7:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 6:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 5:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 5:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6
May 23 @ 7:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 6
— Zarathustrian missionaries or clergy
— Zarathustrian Confirmation: Sedreh Pooshi and Kosti Bandi
— Zarathustrianism during the Achaeminid era
— Zarathustrianism during the Hellenistic era
— Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— A glance at Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— Zarathustrianism after the Sassanid downfall
— Zarathustrian annual pilgrimage to Pire Sabz in California in 2016
 
 
Thursday, May 23 — 7:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 6:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 6:00pm

BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
May 23 @ 8:30 pm

Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself had to fight the studio executives in order to get the movie released with the original ending in mind. With remarkable visuals inspired from German expressionism, (influencing a host of movies like Batman, Super Mario Bros, The Fifth Element, and Dark City), Brazil tells the story of a society lost in between bureaucracy and consumerism, where terrorist bombings are treated as a nuisance and one’s life can literally be consumed by paperwork.

Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a low-level bureaucrat struggling to navigate the boundaries between reality and his own daydreams. He gets caught up in a scandal in which a typo led to a man’s death, when he recognizes a woman from his recurring daydreams (played by Kim Greist) at his office, trying in vain to correct the government’s mistake. Life starts to spiral out of control as his own air conditioning attacks him, he gets mixed up with a renegade repair man, played by Robert De Niro, and becomes a fugitive from his own employer.

Brazil is a dark maze of satire that could only have been made in the ’80s, and was also named best movie of the year by Los Angeles Film Critics Association before it was even released. Terry Gilliam month would not be complete without this opus of absurdity. Get your tickets today!

Directed by Terry Gilliam | 132 minutes | 1985 | Rated R

Wednesday, May 22 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, May 23 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 25 – 10pm
Sunday, May 26 – 1pm, 4pm

~

“It’s like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness.” – Pauline Kael, New Yorker

“Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you’ll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.” – Jason Best, Movie Talk

“A glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali.” – Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner

May
24
Fri
ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4
May 24 @ 4:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 4
— Gender equality in Zarathustrianism
— Priesthood of women in Zarathustrianism
— Homosexuality in Zarathustrianism
— Zarathustrian Psychology
— Asha versus Druj
— Saushiants
— The concept of violence in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Tuesday, May 21 — 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 — 6:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 5:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 4:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5
May 24 @ 5:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 5 
— Zarathustrianism a Dualistic or Monotheistic religion
— The concept of ” Fire ” in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Wednesday, May 22 — 7:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 6:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 5:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 5:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6
May 24 @ 6:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 6
— Zarathustrian missionaries or clergy
— Zarathustrian Confirmation: Sedreh Pooshi and Kosti Bandi
— Zarathustrianism during the Achaeminid era
— Zarathustrianism during the Hellenistic era
— Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— A glance at Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— Zarathustrianism after the Sassanid downfall
— Zarathustrian annual pilgrimage to Pire Sabz in California in 2016
 
 
Thursday, May 23 — 7:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 6:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 6:00pm

THE RUNNING MAN: PRESENTED BY BOMBS AWAY PODCAST AND THE GRINDBIN PODCAST LIVE
May 24 @ 7:00 pm

Join us May 24th as Bombs Away Show – the podcast that “celebrates” the Best of the Worst in cinema – and The Grindbin Podcast – the podcast the dives into Exploitation and Trash Cinema – join forces to take on the futuristic game show action explosion that is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s THE RUNNING MAN (1987).

This special one night only presentation of The Running Man will be followed by a live recording of the hilarious comedy podcast Bombs Away and their guests The Grindbin Podcast! First, sit back and experience the Stephen King story you didn’t know was one as Arnold Schwarzenegger plays for his life in a dystopian future alternate 2019 game show. The cheese factor (and the one liners) are turned up to 11 with this film, all the way to the end credits theme song!

AFTER THE FILM, B-Movie comedy podcast Bombs Away joined by The Grindbin Podcast will be on hand to take the stage to dissect the film, and discuss it with YOU!, the audience, — and they’re not stopping there!

— Step into a themed event that transports you to the set of Alternate 2019 and the gameshow THE RUNNING MAN

— Pose with in a green screen featuring a key scene from the movie

Tickets are $15 and include both the film and the post-screening podcast show! Get yours now at box office, or online.

 
Directed by Paul Michael Glasser | 1987 | 101 minutes| Rated R
 
 
One Night Only — Friday, May 24th at 7pm!

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 7
May 24 @ 7:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 7 
— Zarathustrian Ceremonies and Celebrations based on the Yazdegerdi Calendar
— The relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between Anthroposophism and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between Bahai and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between ( Yazidi ) Izadi and Zarathustrianism
— Zarathustrianism today
— Dare Mehr a Zarathustrian Center in Irvine, California
— Epilogue
 
 
Friday, May 24 — 7:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 7:00pm

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
May 24 @ 10:00 pm

Join us as one of our biggest hits returns to The Frida – director Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 art house sensation, the animated Japanese work of art Belladonna of Sadness.  

On what was suppose to be the happiest day of her life, Jeanne’s wedding day, she is kidnapped by the Lord and his court and brutally deflowered. With the help of an unknown spirit, she is able to raise herself and her husband to power. But when Jeanne is deemed a “witch” by the Lord’s mistress, she is shunned by everyone, including her husband, and forced to hide in the wilderness. Consequently, Jeanne learns that the spirit helping her is the devil. Immediately, she makes a pact with him to become a powerful witch, so she can gain control over the people who shunned and abused her. 

Belladonna of Sadness is artistically a film ahead of its time. It’s an erotic psychedelic experience, which pushes the boundaries of artistic animation. This groundbreaking film will be shown in a stunning 4K digital restoration with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this bewitching film on the big screen!

Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto | 93 minutes | 1973 | Not Rated

Presented in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Friday, May 24 – 10pm
Saturday, May 25 – 10pm

“There’s a constant awareness of the effort and artistry that went in to the film, and it’s as if we’re active participants in its creation.” – Siddhant Adlakha, Birth.Movies.Death

“Whatever it is, it’s an experience unlikely ever to be replicated. And maybe that’s for the best, but at least we can finally see it on a big screen.” – Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

“Breathtaking, erotic, grotesque, and transgressive, the film mixes watercolors influenced by Western art—Klimt is in here, but so are Degas and Kandinsky—with imagery ripped straight from a nightmare.” – Roger Ebert, Rogertebert.com

May
25
Sat
ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 1
May 25 @ 4:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 1 
— History
— Prologue
— Zarathustra a prophet or a philosopher
— When was Zarathustra born?
— The family tree of Zarathustra
— Different religions at the time of Zarathustra
— Hambandegi Prayer
— Mithra God of Light
— Anahita Goddess of Water
— Zarathustra according to Rudolph Steiner the founder of Anthroposophism
 —Zarathustra emerges as a monotheistic prophet
 
 
Saturday, May 18 — 7:00pm
Sunday, May 19 — 4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
Monday, May 20 — 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Tuesday, May 21 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 4:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 4
May 25 @ 4:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 4
— Gender equality in Zarathustrianism
— Priesthood of women in Zarathustrianism
— Homosexuality in Zarathustrianism
— Zarathustrian Psychology
— Asha versus Druj
— Saushiants
— The concept of violence in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Tuesday, May 21 — 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 — 6:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 5:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 4:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 2
May 25 @ 5:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 2
— The concept of God ” Ahura Mazda ” in Zarathustrianism
— The concept of Devil ” Ahriman or Angra Mainyu ” in  Zarathustrianism
— The concept of Daena
— The idea of creation
— Zarathustra goes to the court of King Vishtaspa
— Miracles associated to Zarathustra
— Zarathustra’s death
— Was Zarathustra a magician or related to black magic?
— What is the holy Avesta?
— Gat-Ha a collection of poems composed by Zarathustra
 
 
Sunday, May 19 — 7:00pm
Monday, May 20 — 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 21 — 5:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 5:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 5
May 25 @ 5:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 5 
— Zarathustrianism a Dualistic or Monotheistic religion
— The concept of ” Fire ” in Zarathustrianism
 
 
Wednesday, May 22 — 7:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 6:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 5:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 5:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 3
May 25 @ 6:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 3
— Amesha Spentas in Zarathustrianism
— Yazatas ( Farsi =Yazdan, Izadan ) in Zarathustrianism
— Funeral ceremony in Zarathustrianism
— Life after death in Zarathustrianism
— Reincarnation in Zarathustrianism

Monday, May 20 — 7:00pm
Tuesday, May 21 — 6:00pm
Wednesday, May 22 — 5:00pm
Thursday, May 23 — 4:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 6:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 6
May 25 @ 6:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 6
— Zarathustrian missionaries or clergy
— Zarathustrian Confirmation: Sedreh Pooshi and Kosti Bandi
— Zarathustrianism during the Achaeminid era
— Zarathustrianism during the Hellenistic era
— Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— A glance at Zarathustrianism during the Sassanid era
— Zarathustrianism after the Sassanid downfall
— Zarathustrian annual pilgrimage to Pire Sabz in California in 2016
 
 
Thursday, May 23 — 7:00pm
Friday, May 24 — 6:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 6:00pm

ZARATHUSTRA THE GOLDEN STAR: PART 7
May 25 @ 7:00 pm

In the history of countries, there are some events that impact and change their destination and sometimes the world. These events are brought about by men and women whose actions change the course of that nation, redefining the essentials, culture and its foundations for decades, centuries and in some cases millenniums.

The emergence of Zarathustra, the founder of the Zarathustrian faith in Iran, completely redefined the beliefs and culture of this nation. Not only was the whole nation transformed by this messenger of the first monotheistic faith of the region, but all the nations that became part of the Persian Empire were impacted by this event. Up to the present day, there has not been a comprehensive visual study of Zarathustra and his faith.

The motion picture documentary “Zarathustra the Golden Star” is the first and most unbiased documentary that looks into his life and faith. After eight years of extensive study in an international standard in English language, hundreds of hours of filming and tens of thousands of hours of editing this documentary comprised of seven episodes is ready for viewing by the public.

There will be personal presence and talks by the participants of the documentary at select episodes at the 7 PM viewing followed by Q & A on the subjects for that specific episode.

Episode 7 
— Zarathustrian Ceremonies and Celebrations based on the Yazdegerdi Calendar
— The relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between Anthroposophism and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between Bahai and Zarathustrianism
— The relationship between ( Yazidi ) Izadi and Zarathustrianism
— Zarathustrianism today
— Dare Mehr a Zarathustrian Center in Irvine, California
— Epilogue
 
 
Friday, May 24 — 7:00pm
Saturday, May 25 — 7:00pm

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS
May 25 @ 10:00 pm

Join us as one of our biggest hits returns to The Frida – director Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 art house sensation, the animated Japanese work of art Belladonna of Sadness.  

On what was suppose to be the happiest day of her life, Jeanne’s wedding day, she is kidnapped by the Lord and his court and brutally deflowered. With the help of an unknown spirit, she is able to raise herself and her husband to power. But when Jeanne is deemed a “witch” by the Lord’s mistress, she is shunned by everyone, including her husband, and forced to hide in the wilderness. Consequently, Jeanne learns that the spirit helping her is the devil. Immediately, she makes a pact with him to become a powerful witch, so she can gain control over the people who shunned and abused her. 

Belladonna of Sadness is artistically a film ahead of its time. It’s an erotic psychedelic experience, which pushes the boundaries of artistic animation. This groundbreaking film will be shown in a stunning 4K digital restoration with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see this bewitching film on the big screen!

Directed by Eiichi Yamamoto | 93 minutes | 1973 | Not Rated

Presented in Japanese, with English subtitles.

Friday, May 24 – 10pm
Saturday, May 25 – 10pm

“There’s a constant awareness of the effort and artistry that went in to the film, and it’s as if we’re active participants in its creation.” – Siddhant Adlakha, Birth.Movies.Death

“Whatever it is, it’s an experience unlikely ever to be replicated. And maybe that’s for the best, but at least we can finally see it on a big screen.” – Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto

“Breathtaking, erotic, grotesque, and transgressive, the film mixes watercolors influenced by Western art—Klimt is in here, but so are Degas and Kandinsky—with imagery ripped straight from a nightmare.” – Roger Ebert, Rogertebert.com

BRAZIL (DIRECTOR’S CUT)
May 25 @ 10:00 pm

Terry Gilliam month at The Frida continues with the dystopic, sci-fi satire Brazil. As a comic take on the suffocating effect of vogonian bureaucracy on people, it’s reinforced by the fact that Gilliam himself had to fight the studio executives in order to get the movie released with the original ending in mind. With remarkable visuals inspired from German expressionism, (influencing a host of movies like Batman, Super Mario Bros, The Fifth Element, and Dark City), Brazil tells the story of a society lost in between bureaucracy and consumerism, where terrorist bombings are treated as a nuisance and one’s life can literally be consumed by paperwork.

Jonathan Pryce stars as Sam Lowry, a low-level bureaucrat struggling to navigate the boundaries between reality and his own daydreams. He gets caught up in a scandal in which a typo led to a man’s death, when he recognizes a woman from his recurring daydreams (played by Kim Greist) at his office, trying in vain to correct the government’s mistake. Life starts to spiral out of control as his own air conditioning attacks him, he gets mixed up with a renegade repair man, played by Robert De Niro, and becomes a fugitive from his own employer.

Brazil is a dark maze of satire that could only have been made in the ’80s, and was also named best movie of the year by Los Angeles Film Critics Association before it was even released. Terry Gilliam month would not be complete without this opus of absurdity. Get your tickets today!

Directed by Terry Gilliam | 132 minutes | 1985 | Rated R

Wednesday, May 22 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Thursday, May 23 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, May 25 – 10pm
Sunday, May 26 – 1pm, 4pm

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“It’s like a stoned, slapstick 1984: a nightmare comedy in which the comedy is just an aspect of the nightmarishness.” – Pauline Kael, New Yorker

“Gilliam crams the screen with such a proliferation of bizarre and comic details that you’ll want to revisit this particular nightmare again and again.” – Jason Best, Movie Talk

“A glimmering hunk of fractured brilliance riddled with Orwellian paranoia encased in a production design seemingly pieced together from the shared dreams of Franz Kakfa and Salvador Dali.” – Wesley Morris, San Francisco Examiner

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