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Producer of "Breath" pleased female filmmaker to represent Iran at Oscars

- Mohammad-Hossein Qasemi, the producer of Iran's submission to the 2018 Oscars "Breath", who is also the husband of the film's director Narges Abyar, said on Wednesday that he was pleased Iran has sent a movie by a female filmmaker to the 90th Academy Awards. "Women have a greater potential for making a film and competing at international events," Qasemi told the Persian service of Tasnim. - 9/20/17

Iran Summons Award-Winning Filmmaker To Court

- Iranian authorities have asked award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to report to the prosecutor's office after confiscating his passport upon arrival in Tehran. Rasoulof's passport was taken away at Tehran's airport on September 15 as he returned from the United States, where he had screened his latest film, A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), at the Telluride film festival. - 9/20/17

Imprisoned for Producing Music, Yousef Emadi Sentenced to Another Year Behind Bars

- An imprisoned Iranian music producer has been sentenced to an additional year in prison on new charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Yousef Emadi was supposed to be released on parole in 2017 after serving one year for producing underground music without a license. His co-defendants, Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian, were granted parole in June 2017. - 9/17/17

"Mississippi Dies Seated" crowned best at Iran's theatrical writers awards

- "Mississippi Dies Seated" based on Swiss writer Friedrich Durrenmatt's play "The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi" was named best play of the year at the 16th Celebration of Iran Critic and Theatrical Writers Society on Thursday. - 9/15/17

PHOTOS: Mariwan International Street Theater Festival in northwestern Iran

- The 12th Mariwan International Street Theater Festival has come to an end, with carnivals of Iranian and international artists marking the closing ceremony of the artistic event in the downtown of the Iranian Kurdish city. The four-day festival wrapped up on Tuesday in the northwestern city of Mariwan which is considered as Iran's capital of street theater. - 9/13/17

Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Announces Its Top Six Finalists That Examine Aspects Of Iranian Culture For 2017 Fest

- The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce six talented finalists competing for three cash prizes at its ninth annual cinema event. The films will be screened September 30, with the top three winners announced and awarded. The screenings will be followed by an awards ceremony hosted by Iranian American comedian and actress Melissa Shoshahi (FOX, Laugh Factory, Nickelodeon). This red-carpet event is followed by an exclusive cocktail reception in honor of the filmmakers. - 9/10/17

Iranian Family Launches Protest Over Concerts Canceled By Hard-Liners

- A family of four in Iran has launched a symbolic protest against the cancellation of concerts around the country on religious grounds. Ahmad Mehrchian and his wife, Zohreh Barati, decided to launch their protest after a concert by the veteran traditional musician Shahrem Nazeri (far left) and his son was canceled by authorities at short notice. - 9/8/17

Iranian Actresses Barred From Traveling to Toronto Film Fest

- Two Iranian actresses won't be hitting the red carpet as their drama Ava makes its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday. The Canadian government has denied travel visas to 17-year-old Mahour Jabbari and 18-year-old Shayesteh Sajadi, according to the film's director, Sadaf Foroughi. -Hollywood Reporter - 9/8/17

10th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 23-24, 2017

- This year, the festival presents 40 films from Iran, USA, Italy, France, Canada.... We are happy and proud to continue our mission to discover and support the next generation of Iranian filmmakers living and working around the world, while we honor the veteran filmmakers for their distinguished careers. Please join us to celebrate the outstanding works of Iranian filmmakers. Passes and tickets are On Sale Now. - 8/30/17

Tehran Green Film Festival announces international lineups

- The 6th edition of the International Green Film Festival in Tehran announced the foreign films for various categories on Tuesday. The festival plans to highlight sustainable tourism this year in line with the UN World Tourism Organization's decision to name 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. - 8/29/17

Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Refuses to Honour State-Backed Film

- Following the twelfth presidential elections in the Islamic Republic, the history of Iran's post Revolutionary state and political figures has become a hot topic and the government is engaged in glorifying its past actions. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is particularly investing in these films. However, the films are receiving a backlash from dissident film makers in Iran. - 8/25/17

Subversion by Satellite: This All-Female Talk Show Is Making Waves in Iran

- Iran's first all-female talk show judges its success by an unusual measure: how much the government hates it. The pioneering weekly show, Samte No ("New Direction"), launched last October and caused an instant outcry among Iran's religious hard-liners. With a format similar to that of The View, it features three educated, stylish Iranian hosts in Western dress discussing topics ranging from President Donald Trump's state visit to the Middle East to voting rights to fatwas against wearing nail polish or riding a bicycle. -Marie Claire - 8/25/17

48 countries to attend in International Green Film Festival's visual art section

- The 6th Iran International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) is slated for September 9-15, 2017, with the objectives of recognizing, screening and awarding the best national and international films and visual arts aimed at protecting the environment, natural resources, increasing public awareness and promoting the culture of environmental preservation. - 8/23/17

Pouran Derakhshandeh's 'Under the Smoky Roof' to go on screen in 10 German cities

- Iranian feature movie 'Under the Smoky Roof', directed by Pouran Derakhshandeh, will go on screen at 10 cities in Germany. The film, starring Farhad Aslani and Merila Zarei, is based on the social and emotional dilemma of divorce in Iranian culture. - 8/22/17

Comedy "1st Born" billed as first Iranian-American film production

- Iranian director Ali Atshani plans to make a comedy project titled "1st Born", which will be the first co-production between Iran and America, the Hollywood Reporter announced on Tuesday. Atshani, renowned for movies such as "The President's Cellphone", "Wish Bone", "Banana Peel", and "Negar's Role" will use a cast and crew from both the U.S. and the Middle East. - 8/16/17

Iran's Beleaguered Music Community Urges Rouhani to Prevent Concert Cancellations

- Members of Iran's music industry are urging President Hassan Rouhani to follow through on his 2017 election campaign promise to uphold citizens' rights by preventing the cancellation of state-sanctioned concerts. The most recent appeal was issued to the president in a letter signed by members of the House of Music, an independent association of musicians based in Tehran, on August 2, 2017 following the cancellation of a concert by a renowned vocalist. - 8/9/17

Frequent Concert Cancellations In Iran Draws Fire From The Music Community

- The musicians in Iran are constantly being harassed and mistreated by the conservatives who are in power in judiciaries, especially in religious urban centers. They are now asking Iranian president to stand up for their rights. A year after 600 Iranian musicians wrote a letter to Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, objecting to increasing mistreatment of the music community and the illegal cancelation of concerts, nearly 100 of them gathered to voice their concerns. - 8/8/17

Why Shirin Neshat complicates 'Aida' at the Salzburg Festival

- New York-based Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat is known for her photography, video installations and films. Her work has largely dealt with women's issues in Iran, exploring taboos and touching on gender and cultural conflicts. At this year's Salzburg Festival, she is the stage director for a new production of Verdi's opera "Aida," starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko, who debuted in the role to resounding applause on Sunday evening. -DW - 8/8/17

Celebration of Iranian Cinema Returns to UC Irvine

- The 2nd Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County will be held at the University of California, Irvine August 25-27, 2017. - 8/2/17

Iranian TV Personality Who Promoted Compulsory Islamic Dress Under Fire Over Photos

- A well-known Iranian television personality has been accused of hypocrisy after images of her in which she is not adhering to the country's Islamic dress code surfaced online. Presenter turned actress Azadeh Namdari has for years promoted compliance with the hijab, which in Iran refers to Islamic dress that covers the hair and body. In particular she has touted the wearing of the black chador, a garment that covers women from head to toe, leaving the face exposed. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 7/26/17

Performance in Stanford: "Autumn Dance" follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile...

- Autumn Dance, written and directed by Shabnam Tolouei, follows three tormented Iranian women experiencing exile, even while living in their own country. Bita, a journalist, and Mojdeh, a prostitute, are both imprisoned in Iran's infamous Evin prison. The third, Yekta, lives in exile in Paris. The simple elegance of the play allows the audience to be transported from Tehran to Paris, to uncover the connection between these three women. - 7/20/17

'Game of Thrones' fever grips Iran

- Westeros fever has gripped Tehran and other cities as Iranians eagerly count down the days to season seven of HBO's series to begin on July 16. Some might credit the interest to the fact that its composer Ramin Djawadi is of Iranian descent. Others point to the fictional legend of Azor Ahai - a deity known as the Lord of Light - being inspired by Zoroastrianism... -Holly Dagres, Al-Monitor - 7/14/17

Reza Sixo Safai on his Film "The Persian Connection"

- Samuel Goldwyn Films is releasing its first Iranian film, The Persian Connection this week on July 14th. This stylish neon-noir thriller is set in the opium underworld of "Tehrangeles" and features a protagonist who was a child soldier during the Iran-Iraq War. The film premiered at TriBeCa 2106 to rave reviews. Reza Sixo Safai produced the film and plays the lead role; he spoke with us about it - 7/13/17

'Bodyguard' by Iranian director Ebrahim Hatamikia wins top prizes at VIFF 2017

- 'Bodyguard' directed by Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Hatamikia won Best Art Direction, Best Supporting Actor (for Babak Hamidian), and Best Director award at the 3rd Vienna Independent Film Festival (VIFF 2017) in Austria. 'Forgiveness' by Iran's Rima Irani also won Best Short Film Award at the festival. - 7/10/17

Conservative MPs Pressure Culture Ministry to Ban Films Portraying "Realistic Picture" of Modern Iranian Life

- Director Ali Ahmadzadeh's film "Atomic Heart," about the lives of young, modern Iranians, including Christians, could be removed from cinemas in Iran just weeks after a three-year ban on the movie was lifted. "Although it was made in 2014, the film only recently received a screening permit," Ahmadzadeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. "Now there are threats to ban it again." - 7/8/17

Mehdi Fard-Qaderi's "Immortality" crowned best at Italy's Ischia Film Festival

- "Immortality" by Mehdi Fard-Qaderi won the award for best feature movie at the 15th Ischia Film Festival on the Italian island on Saturday, the organizers announced. The film was competing in the official section of the festival, which began on June 24. "Immortality", which is a one-shot feature film, tells the story of some strangers who have to spend a rainy night together on a train. - 7/4/17

Italy's Claudia Castellucci to direct play in Iran

- Italian theater expert and choreographer Claudia Castellucci will direct a play in Iran in collaboration with the Iranian troupe Moj. "In a meeting I had with Castellucci in Italy, we agreed to produce and stage a play with Iranian actors in Iran," Moj leader Arash Abbasi told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday. - 7/4/17

The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood

- Nearly thirty years later, Mohsen Makhmalbaf's heavily censored film is finding new audiences. A year after Ayatollah Khomeini's death in 1989, and in the wake of the protracted and devastating Iran-Iraq War, Mohsen Makhmalbaf released a film that would not be seen. Makhmalbaf made The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood in 1990, only to have it censored and mutilated, and then suppressed entirely by the Iranian government before it could be released widely. -Taushif Kara, Reorient - 7/4/17

Iranian maestro Maziar Heidari among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017

- Iranian composer and orchestra conductor Maziar Heidari is among Canada's Top 25 Immigrants of 2017. The Canadian Immigrant magazine has announced winners of its ninth annual RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards which chooses and celebrates the success stories of Canadian immigrants who have made an influential contribution to Canada. The award is sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). - 7/1/17

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invites eight Iranian cineastes for 2017 membership

- Filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Bahman Qobadi are seen in the writers' branch, while Leila Hatami and Golshifteh Farahani are listed in the actors' branch. Other Iranian invitees include director Mohammad Rasoluf, film editor Hayedeh Safiyari, sound engineer Mohammadreza Delpak and producer Hengameh Panahi. - 6/30/17

30th International Children Film Festival kicks off in Isfahan, Iran

- The 30th International Film Festival for Children and Youth opened Thursday night in the city of Isfahan in central Iran. The international event brings audiences a packed seven days of films for children. The festival is will run from June 30 to July 6. More than 50 films have been accepted to the festival, and guests from 44 countries are expected to participate. - 6/30/17

"Lunch Time" by Iranian director Alireza Qasemi wins best student short film award at the U.S film festival

- "Lunch Time" by Iranian director Alireza Qasemi has won the best student short film award at the 6th edition of the Snake Alley Festival of Film, an international festival of short movies, which was held in Burlington, Iowa, in the U.S. from June 21 to 24. - 6/29/17

Iranian actress Golab Adineh wins Brooklyn's Best Artistic Achievement Award

- Golab Adineh won the Best Artistic Achievement Award at the 20th Brooklyn International Film Festival, for her acting in 'Abji' (The Sis), directed by Marjan Ashrafizadeh. - 6/15/17

Musical Concerts Face Uncertain Future in Iran Despite President Rouhani's Vocal Support

- Iran's presidential candidates faced no problems blasting cheerful music during campaign rallies ahead of the May 2017 elections. However, officially sanctioned concerts continue to be canceled following pressure by religious conservatives, while musicians and performers are subjected to threats and other forms of intimidation. - 6/3/17

Iran's Politics Color Ramadan Prayer Dispute

- A debate over the potential return of one of Iran's greatest classical singers for a prayer recitation has provided a fresh test of the hard-line domination of state TV nearly a decade after unrest that roiled the country's establishment. The performance of Rabbana by Mohammad Reza Shajarian was a Ramadan fixture for three decades before it was eliminated from programming after comments by Shajarian that were sympathetic to reformist critics of Iran's 2009 presidential election. - 5/30/17

"Cold Breath" by Iranian director Abbas Raziji crowned best at Connecticut film festival

- Iranian director Abbas Raziji's "Cold Breath" won the best film award at the Second Ridgefield Independent Film Festival (RIFF), which was held in the state of Connecticut in the U.S. from May 19 to 21. - 5/30/17

Iranian Director Mohammad Rasoulof Takes Prestigious Cannes Prize

- Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof has won a prestigious prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Rasoulof, 45, was awarded the main prize in the Un Certain Regard competition on May 27 for his film A Man Of Integrity (Lerd), which tells the story of man working at a goldfish farm who becomes ensnared in corruption. - 5/29/17

'The Servant' travels to San Francisco to combat negative stereotypes

- Short animated piece 'The Servant' directed by Iranian filmmaker Farnoush Abedi will take part at Black Film Festival in San Fransisco. Abedi says that her piece tells the familiar story of the master and subordinate; a giant cockroach serves to man and after a while, it gets tired of his servitude and disrupts the rules of the game. - 5/25/17

Interview: Tony Award Nominee Arian Moayed, Star of the Provocative Dual-Language Adaptation of Hamlet

- Waterwell Theatre Company is undertaking a professional stage production of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in 1917 Tehran, during the dawn of World War I. Performing Shakespeare's words in both English and Farsi, Waterwell's adaptation of Hamlet explores the shifting cultural identities that Persians were battling as the rest of the world was modernizing. With passages spoken in Farsi, this version of Shakespeare's celebrated tragedy explores parallels between Hamlet's central existential dilemma and the compromises of a nation faced with the encroachment of Western influences, then and now. - 5/22/17

The Art Theater takes a Stand

- Since the presidential election in November, a number of Champaign-Urbana organizations have hosted events and protests to take a stand against the conservative policies being rolled out by the Trump administration and to foster discussion about social justice issues that affect the community. In May, the Art Theater will participate in an international film series called The Seventh Art Stand, a cinematic act of solidarity against Islamophobia and the travel ban. -Smile Politely - 5/3/17

Winners of 35th Fajr Film Festival Announced

- Winners of the 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) were announced Thursday night, with 'The Home' from Iran snatching Golden Simorgh for Best Film in main competition section. Bulgarians Margita Gosheva and Stefan Denolyubov won the Silver Simorgh for Best Actress and Best Actor for their roles in Glory. - 5/1/17

Iranian Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Released From Prison Early

- An Iranian filmmaker has been released from prison early after serving around five months based on his conviction on charges of "insulting sanctities" and "spreading propaganda." Keywan Karimi, a 31-year-old Iranian Kurd, was released on April 19, the global rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement late last week. - 5/1/17

CEO Of Persian-Language Gem TV Killed In Istanbul, Turkey

- The founder and chairman of the Persian-language Gem TV company has been shot dead in Istanbul, media reports say. Saeed Karimian, a British citizen of Iranian origin, was gunned down along with his Kuwaiti business partner in Istanbul's Maslak neighborhood late on April 29, the Hurriyet newspaper reported. - 5/1/17

Kamron Saniee's Music Is A Portal To Iran's Ambient Electronic History

- Iranian electronic producers are having a moment. After decades of pushback by the Islamic Republic on Western influences, a new underground generation is using digital, lyricless sounds to challenge and bypass state restrictions. -Atoosa Moinzadeh, The Fader - 4/26/17

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema

- For almost thirty years, the UCLA Film & Television Archive has annually showcased the power of films from Iran to connect people otherwise distanced by cultural, political and national divides. In partnership with Farhang Foundation, this year's UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema offers Los Angeles the chance to experience new voices, current masters, and a special tribute to Abbas Kiarostami, one of contemporary cinema's most iconic and influential artists. - 4/25/17

Iran's Golab Adineh wins Best Actress Award at Beijing Film Festival

- Iranian actress Golab Adineh won the Best Actress award for her inspiring performance in Marjan Ashrafizadeh's 'Abji' (The Sis). The film narrates the story of two women who have lived together for more than 50 years, but the situation doesn't remain the same and then the time comes to part ways. - 4/25/17

Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani dies at 45 due to heart attack

- Renowned Iranian actor Aref Lorestani, who was generally known for his roles in the comedy series over the past two decades, has died of heart attack at the age of 45. Born on February 4, 1972 in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, Lorestani died Saturday morning in sleep. - 4/16/17

Iranian Music Producers Returned to Evin Prison After Request for Extended Medical Furlough Denied

- Music producers Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian returned to Evin Prison in Tehran on April 4, 2017 after their request for an extension of their seven-day temporary leave was denied by the judiciary, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/9/17

35th Fajr Film Festival in Tehran: 140 films from 58 countries, 350 guests from 66 countries

- The 35th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will take place from 21 to 28 April in Tehran, screening 140 film titles from 58 countries. Well over 350 guests from 66 countries will attend the 35th Fajr Internatioanl Film Festival (FIFF) in Tehran. Speaking to reporters, the festival spokesperson Alireza Shojanouri said there will be appearances from 31 Asian, 23 European, and 6 African countries. At least 5 special guests from the American continent and Australia will also participate. There will be celebrity guests from 24 Muslim nations as well. - 4/4/17

Asghar Farhadi: Iranian Oscar-winner navigates politics of nuance

- A yacht in Cannes is not where you would expect to find a martyr. And to be fair, when I meet Asghar Farhadi in the (northern) summer of last year he hasn't yet become one. The Iranian director dubbed "one of the world's greatest filmmakers" by Mike Leigh is at the festival to promote his film The Salesman, a typically subtle and provocative tale of a teacher in Tehran whose liberal values are challenged when a male stranger attacks his wife. -Ed Potton, Australian Times - 3/22/17

Iranian Filmmaker Narges Abyar Wins Best Direction Award At Vancouver Women Film Festival

- Iranian filmmaker Narges Abyar has won Best Direction Award for 'Breath' at 12th Vancouver International Women In Film Festival in Canada. 46 feature and short films were screened at the festival from March 8 to March 12, 2017. - 3/13/17

American Musicians To Perform Works by Iranian Composers in Gesture of Welcome

- n late January, after the first of the recent U.S. travel bans was signed, Los Angeles-based violist and violinist Andrew McIntosh put a post on Facebook looking for recommendations of violin repertoire by living composers from the affected countries. "The response that I received to that post was astounding, with many friends and acquaintances chiming in with suggestions, mostly of music by composers from Iran," McIntosh said. -Laurie Niles, Violinist - 3/13/17

Iran's "Wishbone" Wins Best Feature Film Award at Hollywood's WIND Film Festicval

- "Wishbone" by Iranian director Ali Atshani has won the best feature film and best director of the year awards at the WIND International Film Festival in Hollywood. Wishbone was nominated for 8 categories and won as best feature film. The gold trophy of the WIND festival was given to Atshani on the closing day on Saturday and was presented by Elham Madani, the founder and director of the festival. - 3/13/17

'Mazar Sharif' wins Best Film Award at Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne

- The feature film 'Mazar Sharif' by Iranian director Hassan Barzideh has won the Best Film Award (budget under $250,000) at Australia's Phoenix Film Festival Melbourne. Mazar Sharif recounts the story of ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist who were killed in a raid by Taliban of Iran's consulate in the city of the same name. - 3/11/17

A message for Donald Trump from Iranian filmmaker who stayed home from Outfest Fusion festival

- Outfest Fusion, a Hollywood film festival dedicated to images of LGBTQ people of color, was supposed to be an occasion of joy for Tehran-born director Pouria Heidary Oureh. But when his film "Apricot Groves" had its U.S. premiere during the festival that ran through Tuesday at the TCL Chinese Theatre, he was back in Iran, unable to take in the applause. -Tre'vell Anderson, Los Angeles Times - 3/11/17

Iranian Rock Artist Defies Threats, Performs in Israeli Peace Concert

- Exiled Iranian rock musician Shahin Najafi sang alongside Israeli rock star Aviv Geffen at a concert in Tel Aviv -- the first performance by an Iranian artist at an Israeli rock concert -- on March 2, 2017. At Thursday's concert, Najafi read a message he addressed to U.S. President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and "all politicians," expressing opposition to "walls" anywhere in the world and urging national leaders to "stop dividing people before it's too late." -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/5/17

Iran Uses Oscar Win to Attack Trump, US Response Muted

- Tehran has cheered Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's second Oscar for best foreign film as an opportunity for more verbal attacks on the Trump administration, which responded with a muted defense of U.S. policy and deletion of a tweet about the movie. -Afshar Sigarchi and Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/1/17

The Unity of Time and Place

- The Cinema Rex incident, a key moment in recent Iranian history, has had a lasting effect, its burning having remained in the public consciousness long after the fact -Noora Ismail, Reorient - 3/1/17

Unpacking Iranian Director Farhadi's Oscar-Night Balancing Act

- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi won rave notices ahead of winning his second Oscar, for the taut "neorealist" suspense film The Salesman, but the reviews have been more mixed for his long-distance acceptance speech. Farhadi's reaction to this year's best-foreign-film honor -- delivered live in Los Angeles by the world's first female space tourist, Iranian-born engineer Anousheh Ansari, and another Iranian-American (Firouz Naderi, a former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA) -- highlighted the difficult balancing act required of filmmakers (and many other artists) to practice their craft in Iran. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 2/28/17

Iranian art ambassadors carry message of peace, pride: Government Official

- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman has commended the Iranian prominent filmmaker, Asghar Farhadi, and the cast and crew of his film 'The Salesman' for winning the 2017 Academy Award for the Best Foreign-Language Film. "Once again, the great Iranian nation and society have witnessed the success of the ambassadors of Iranian art in international art communities in conveying to the world the voice of the noble Iranian people, which is the voice of culture, civilization, peace and national dignity and pride," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Monday. - 2/28/17

"The Salesman" by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi wins Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film

- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman has won the 2017 Academy Award for best foreign-language film. The award was accepted by two prominent Iranian-Americans representing Farhadi, who boycotted the Oscars over US President Donald Trump's executive order banning visitors from seven Muslim countries. - 2/27/17

London Film Screening Backs Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director

- Thousands of film fans gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for a screening of a film by an Iranian director who was nominated for an Oscar but is boycotting the Academy Awards in protest over U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban policies. - 2/27/17

Iranian Director Farhadi Sending Substitutes To Oscars In Immigration Policy Protest

- The Oscar-nominated Iranian director of the film The Salesman has said he will not attend the February 26 Academy Awards but will send two prominent Iranian-Americans in his place. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said on February 24 that director Asghar Farhadi made the decision in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's now-suspended crackdown on immigration. - 2/26/17

Writers Guild of America West honors Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami with lifetime achievement award

- Celebrated Iranian auteur Abbas Kiarostami was honored posthumously with the Jean Renoir Award for International Screenwriting Achievement at the 2017 Writers Guild of America Awards on Sunday February 19, 2017. His son, Ahmad Kiarostami, accepted the award from actress Shohreh Aghdashloo on his behalf, WGA West announced. - 2/21/17

1st Annual Silicon Valley Iranian Film Festival

- The Iranian Film Festival and the Iranian Federated Women's Club (IFWC)/Payvand.org, cordially invite you, your family and friends to view some of the greatest works of modern Iranian Cinema in our 2017 Silicon Valley Iranian Film Festival, on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at the BlueLight Cinemas theatre at 21275 Stevens Creek Boulevard in Cupertino, from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm. - 2/20/17

Iran defeats U.S. Navy in defiant animated film

- A full-length animated film depicting an armed confrontation between Iran's Revolutionary Guards and the U.S. Navy is soon to open in Iranian cinemas, amid rising tensions over President Donald Trump's hardening rhetoric against Tehran. -Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Reuters - 2/16/17

Yo-Yo Ma ensemble wins Grammy for 'Sing Me Home'

- Cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble 'Silk Road' of which Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is also a member won the Grammy for Best World Music Album for 'Sing Me Home' on Sunday. - 2/13/17

Political drama "Midday Event" receives Best Film award at Fajr Festival

- "The Midday Event", a political drama that features the terrorist atrocity of the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization in Iran of the 1980s, has been crowned best at the 35th Fajr Film Festival. Producer Mahmud Razavi received his award from Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a closing ceremony held at Tehran's Milad Tower on Thursday night. - 2/11/17

Seattle Symphony to Host Free Concert of Music from Trump's Seven Travel Ban Countries

- One quarter of the musicians in the Seattle Symphony are immigrants. Many of these players, along with their colleagues in the orchestra, suggested that the symphony host a concert celebrating music from the seven countries affected by the executive order banning travel from some Muslim-majority nations. -Amber Cortes, The Stranger - 2/9/17

Maz Jobrani Talks Terrorist Typecasting, '24' and the Grueling Task of Mocking Trump

- Maz Jobrani is no stranger to how Muslims are so frequently portrayed on TV and film. The comedian, currently starring in CBS sitcom Superior Donuts, wrote the book on it. I'm Not a Terrorist but I've Played One on TV came out almost two years ago this month, but the subject of Muslim depictions in American media and entertainment feels as timely as ever. -Michael O'Connell, Hollywood Reporter - 2/7/17

Iranian-born Swedish actress Bahar Pars vows to attend Oscars despite President Trump's travel ban

- Iranian-born Swedish actress Bahar Pars, who hopes to share an Oscar for best foreign film, says she and fellow actor Rolf Lassgard "have decided to travel" to the Academy Awards ceremony despite the confusion around President Trump's travel ban. "Standing there together and holding hands is a statement in itself" on Trump's temporary immigration ban against seven majority-Muslim countries, including her native Iran, she told The Associated Press on Wednesday. -AP - 2/2/17

Hardliner Iranian Cleric Deals another Blow to Music Festival and Artists

- Senior conservative cleric and head of Qom seminaries has initiated a fresh round of attacks against Iranian musicians by exploiting the Plasco disaster. Last week a fire in Tehran's Plasco building ended with the complete collapse of the building over the head of firefighters trying to put out the fire. Mohammad Yazdi, the director of the head of Qom seminaries, spoke out against the Fajr Music Festival being held in the capital saying it showed complete insensitivity to the victims of the Plasco disaster. - 2/1/17

Renowned Iranian Filmmaker To Skip Oscar Awards After U.S. Immigration Order

- A renowned Iran filmmaker whose latest movie is up for an Academy Award announced he would boycott next month's Hollywood ceremony in protest of the new U.S. immigration restrictions. Asghar Farhadi, whose film The Salesman has been nominated for best foreign movie, made the announcement in a statement distributed to U.S. and Iranian media on January 29. - 1/30/17

Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti To Protest Trump Policies By Boycotting Oscar Awards

- Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, says she will protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies by refusing to attend the Academy Awards ceremonies next month. Alidoosti said on Twitter on January 26 that Trump's reported plans for a temporary visa ban against Iranians was "racist." - 1/27/17

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

- Less than three months into his new post as Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, "in line with the policies of the supreme leader," on January 19, 2017. - 1/26/17



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