Report on WAALM®'s Official Announcements by Darius KADIVAR
My existence is from you and your appearance is
Yet if I had not appeared, you would not have been.
-Jalaluddin Rumi (**)
With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil's of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World. It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® (*) took an unprecedented initiative to support, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. Thus it has created the Golden Persian Lioness Awards® which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages.
By Paying tribute to the Past and an eye on the Future, (**) The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® is proud to announce that this years recipient will pay tribute to several generation of talents who have greatly contributed to the enhancement of Dramatic Arts and who have achieved the great task of bringing the culture of our Ancient Land Persia to the eyes and ears of our contemporaries World Wide. By Conferring to them the Golden Persian Lioness Award® we believe that it will encourage other aspiring artists and writers to look upon these exceptional achievements with the hope and ambition of pursuing the same path towards excellence.
The board of governors and by authority of the same on recommendation of the Academy, hereby confirm the nomination of :
Mr. Omid Djalili for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Male Actor).
Mrs. Shohreh Aghdashloo for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Female Actor).
For film The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam.
Mr. Dustin Ellis for an Award of Excellence in the category of Dramatic Arts ( Best Directing of Animated film), for the film Babak & Friends – A First Norooz.
Mr. Farzin Rezaeian for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Documentary film) for film Persepolis Recreated.
Mrs. Vanessa Redgrave and Mr. Robert Hossein: For Lifetime Achievements in Dramatic Arts ( For Acting and Directing).
The Hosts : Prof. M. Dorbayani, PhD and Dr. Marjan Abdi, PhD
the Founders of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM®
And Directors of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® www.ifsi.hu
The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be held in
The Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be conferred out in three major categories including the Arts (Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, and Music), Literature (Novels, Short stories, Poetry, Lyrics, and Play-writing) and Media (News TVs, Radios, Websites, Magazines, Media Productions). Last year's award recipients included agencies such as Voice of America – VOA® and BBC® as well as legends such as Houshmand Aghili, Muhammad Heidari, Akbar Golpayegani, Sattar, Behrouz Vossoughi and Masoud Assadolahi were honored.
Author's Notes :
(**) A special tribute during the Awards will be given to equally known, unknown, past or present Iranian artists, actors, directors, costume designers, technicians in Iran who have been striving and continue to struggle for their Art in often precarious and difficult situations. The Academy shall not forget that their contribution deserves recognition and acknowledgment.
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About the Author: Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, writer and film Editor of Namak Cultural Magazine in LA/USA. He operates as
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