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As the title of one recent memoir reveals, it was still possible to read Lolita in Tehran after the Shah. Still, any activity the mullahs didn’t define as Islamic became much more hazardous. “Witness to the Revolution: Two Coming of Age Stories From Iran” offers a pair of examples: a lecture by author Roya Hakakian and an autobiographical film by Abolfazi Jalili. Hakakian, who wrote the memoir Journey From the Land of No, discusses her life in the Ayatollah’s Iran before the screening of Jalili’s Abjad, a 2003 film about an artistically minded Isfahan teenager, Emkan, with a taste for forbidden books and films. The boy’s life doesn’t get any easier when he falls in love with a Jewish girl—a match Iranian society regards with as much hostility as it does Emkan’s interest in art and literature. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center’s Goldman Theater, 1529 16th St. NW. $9. (202) 777-3248. (Mark Jenkins)