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Renowned Iranian actor, producer Davoud Rashidi passes away at 83

- Born in 1933 in Tehran, the notable veteran artist had played starring roles in theater, cinema and television productions. He graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Geneva in 1960 and also attended the school of theater in Geneva. - 8/26/16

Fans Take To Social Media To Demand Release Of Iranian Rapper Amir Tataloo

- Iranian fans have taken to Instagram and other social media to demand the release of Amir Tataloo, a popular and controversial rapper arrested on charges of spreading depravity among youth. "Free Tataloo!" and "He Is Not Guilty!" say dozens of comments posted on the Instagram account of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Farangis Najibullah and Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah - 8/26/16

3 Iranian films among 21st century's top 100

- Three Iranian movies have been enlisted in the 21st century's top three movies, BBC reported. The list has been prepared by views of 177 film critics around the world. - 8/25/16

Iconic Persian songwriter Mohammad Heydari Passes Away in Exile

- Mohammad Heydari, one of the iconic Persian songwriters and santur players, passed away today in Los Angeles, due to the cancer. Mr Heydari was 79. - 8/24/16

The Night Of's Payman Maadi on Middle Eastern Stereotypes in Hollywood and Getting Past the Censors in Iran

- Payman Maadi was writing his own films when renowned Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi threw him a curveball, asking him to act for the first time in one of his movies (2009's excellent About Elly). -Gazelle Emami, Vulture - 8/24/16

PHOTOS: 16th Mobarak International Puppet Theatre Festival opens in Tehran

- 16th Mobarak International Puppet Festival was inaugurated the evening of the first day of the last Iranian month of summer in the presence of the joyful children of Tehran, who had come with their parents to Vahdat Hall to celebrate the opening. - 8/23/16

KIOSK Free Summer Concert in Los Angeles: With special guest Ardeshir Farah

- One of the most influential underground rock bands to emerge since the Iranian Revolution is joined by the Grammy-winning guitarist, Ardeshir Farah, renowned jazz drummer Scott Amendola & progressive Brazilian trumpet player Leandro Juaquim for an evening of stinging satire hidden within a blues and folksy sound. - 8/18/16

Iran's Amir Naderi to receive Venice Film Festival honour

- Iranian director Amir Naderi (Vegas, Manhattan by Numbers) is to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award of the 73rd Venice International Film Festival(August 31-Sept 10), dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. -Screen Daily - 8/18/16

President Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran

- A simmering battle between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and hardline religious figures over music concerts is playing out in northeastern Iran. Most recently, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli questioned the the announced suspension of all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province in a letter to the Judiciary. - 8/16/16

Iranian Rap Music Flourishes Underground Despite Strict Religious Laws in Tehran

- Now, roughly six months after the U.S. lifted economic sanctions, young Iranians are euphoric about rejoining the rest of the world. But many are still frustrated with the lack of jobs and still resentful of laws that prohibit criticizing the government in public, smoking marijuana or even drinking alcohol. Despite these strict rules, or perhaps because of them, underground music is flourishing, especially hip-hop. -Newsweek - 8/16/16

Traditional Music genres of the Iranian World

- Music and songs transferred orally among various Iranian tribes and peoples is an invaluable inheritance which should be known in order to be properly preserved. Iranian local music also called regional music according to some sources include the music of micro-cultures classified under Iranian or Persian Culture. - 8/15/16

Interview with Ahmad Kiarostami

- What would you say tonight in Piazza Grande about your father, Abbas Kiarostami? Actually I didn't know I had to make a speech, so I prepared something last minute. Nothing about my father's movies, there are so many more competent professionals here allowed to talk about that. I will rather tell some personal stories regarding my father and me and our family. -Pardo Live - 8/13/16

This Iranian-Born Actress Is Changing the Acting World

- After graduating with honors in biology from the University of California, Irvine, Nazanin Boniadi swapped the security of a ­medical career for her dream of becoming an actor. "Luckily, nine months after I made that decision, I got my SAG card," she says. She landed her first role as a nurse on the soap opera General Hospital: The Night Shift. -Nina Terrero, TIME - 8/12/16

Iranian Ritual Performer Aram Khalkhali Selected As Peace Ambassador Of MusicFestival Of Montignac

- Montignac festival was held from July 26 to July 31, 2016 in the town of Montignac, France. At the closing ceremony, Ms. Khalkhali delivered the Peace Message to the other groups and as the representative of the festival expressed the international great aspiration for Peace on Earth. - 8/7/16

'Atlan' by Iranian director Moein Karimoddini receives Best Documentary award at Rural Route Film Festival in New York

- 'Atlan', an Iranian documentary directed by Moein Karimoddini, has won the Best Documentary Award from Rural Route International Festival in New York, as the event celebrated its 12th edition. - 8/6/16

Iran's Sayeh Theater Troupe to perform "The Door" in New York and Chicago

- The Sayeh Theater Troupe led by Iranian director Mehdi Mashhur will be performing the play "The Door" in the United States during August. The play will first go on stage at the New York International Fringe Festival (Fringe NYC), running from August 12 to 28, Mashhur told the Persian service of Honaronline on Monday. - 8/2/16

Venice Critics' Week: New Film from Iranian Director Who Was Sentenced to Jail and 223 Lashes

- Among the films at Venice festival is "Drum," the feature-film debut of Iranian director Keywan Karimi, whose sentence to jail and 223 lashes for his documentary "Writing on the City," about political graffiti in Tehran, recently sparked outrage and appeals for clemency in the international film community - 7/26/16

Iranian Cinema: Abbas Kiarostami's long shadow

- THE first time I met Iranian film-maker Abbas Kiarostami he was captivated by a shadow. We were gathered at the Italian ambassador's historic residence in the tranquil Farmanieh district of north Tehran. The ambassador loved cinema, and often invited Iranian film-makers to screen their latest works outdoors in his lush garden, à la "Cinema Paradiso". - 7/22/16

Persian Heart, Northern Soul

- Iran's father of rock is back (and banned). Joobin Bekhrad reflects on his 1974 classic, Gol-e Yakh -Reorient - 7/21/16

Celebration of Iranian Cinema at University of California, Irvine

- Join us for the Inagural CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine August 5-6, 2016. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives. - 7/17/16

First episode of doc series on Iranian entrepreneurs released

- The first episode of "Karestan", a documentary series on Iranian entrepreneurs, was released on Saturday. Director Bahram Azimpur, project manager Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and producer Mojtaba Mirtahmasb attended a screening of the episode entitled "Cotton and Fire" at the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ICCIMA). - 7/17/16

Death of a Director: Medical Team Blamed For Death of Abbas Kiarostami

- Dariush Mehrjui, the director of the acclaimed drama "The Cow", has said that top Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami died because of his Iranian medical team's negligence. "The murderers are among us," noted Mehrjui who was weeping bitterly and asked the country's judicial authority to bring them to trial. - 7/14/16

Iranian musician composing opera on Nezami for Germany

- Iranian musician Nader Mashayekhi has been commissioned by the Berlin State Opera to compose an opera on Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE), the greatest romantic epic poet in Persian literature who brought a colloquial and realistic style to the Persian epic. - 7/12/16

Thousands Attend Funeral For Iranian Film Director Abbas Kiarostami

- Thousands of Iranians, including artists, intellectuals, and others have attended the funeral ceremony in Tehran of the country's top filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, who died last week at the age of 76. Some at the memorial service held posters that said "First Welcome, Last Farewell" -- a reference to the lack of official attention he received in the Islamic republic. - 7/11/16

Abbas Kiarostami's body arrives in Tehran among mourning crowds of artists

- On 8 July, Abbas Kirostami's body arrived in Tehran from Paris; a crowd of Iranian film directors, actors, actresses and other artists were in Tehran airport to pay their respects. Kiarostami, a director whose films served a poetic introduction to the lives of the ordinary Iranians, died Monday, July 4, at his home in Paris. He was 76 and battling gastrointestinal cancer. - 7/9/16

Maz Jobrani: Building Cultural Bridges, One Laugh at a Time

- Maz Jobrani likes to make people laugh. The Iranian-American knew early in life that he wanted to become an actor or comedian. His path to stardom was a long journey. His immigrant story is not unusual. He was born in Iran's capital Tehran, but grew up in America. -Marsha James, VOA - 7/8/16

Photos: Hundreds Of Iranians Mourn Film Director Kiarostami

- Hundreds of Iranians attended a candlelit ceremony to mourn the death of film director Abbas Kiarostami, who died at the age of 76 after a career spanning more than four decades. President Hassan Rohani said on Twitter on July 5 that the director's "deep attitude toward life and invitation to peace and friendship" will be a "lasting achievement." - 7/6/16

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's new documentary promotes charity for poor child patients

- Director of acclaimed social drama "Tales" Rakhshan Bani-Etemad in her new documentary is promoting charity for child patients whose parents are unable to cover the cost of medical treatment for their illnesses. - 7/6/16

Auteur Abbas Kiarostami, who gained global recognition for Iranian cinema, passes away at 76

- Speaking to the Guardian from Tehran, Oscar-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi said, "He wasn't just a filmmaker; he was a modern mystic, both in his cinema and his private life." He noted that Kiarostami's success empowered many generations of Iranian filmmakers and added, "He definitely paved ways for others and influenced a great many people. It's not just the world of cinema that has lost a great man; the whole world has lost someone really great." - 7/5/16

"Salesman" Awarded Best Film at Munich Festival

- Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed drama "The Salesman" won the ARRI/Osram Award, which is presented to the best film in CineMasters -- the international competition -- at the Munich International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Saturday. - 7/3/16

#RumiWasntWhite: Outrage over Hollywood Choice to Play Persian Poet

- It was only four months ago that the U.S. film industry was slammed for snubbing actors of color by casting white actors to play the part of Asians, Hispanics, or Native Americans, and ignoring great performances by minorities when the nominees for this year's Oscars were announced. But Hollywood, say critics across the Middle East, doesn't appear to have gotten the message. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 7/1/16

Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Play It Again, Sam" coming to Tehran theater

- An Iranian troupe is scheduled to perform Woody Allen's romantic comedy "Play It Again, Sam" in Tehran. The play will open at Tehran's Hafez Hall on July 12 and will run for twenty nights. Davud Bani-Ardalan will direct the play translated into Persian by Mohammadreza Avzar. - 6/30/16

Abbas Kiarostami leaves Iran to receive treatment at Paris hospital

- World-renowned filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, who is suffering repercussions from several operations for his severe gastrointestinal disease, left Iran on Monday to receive additional treatment at a hospital in Paris. - 6/28/16

Open Letter: Let Rumi Be Played By A Middle Easterner!

- Dear David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown, I think we speak for the entire Iranian-American community in applauding you for filming a biopic of beloved 13th century Persian poet Rumi. For most Persian speakers, Rumi is sacred... -Elham Khatami and Trita Parsi, NIAC - 6/24/16

Muslim Comedian Negin Farsad On How To Make White People Laugh

- An Iranian-American Muslim female comedian with a master's degree in African-American studies walks into a cafe. No, this isn't the beginning of a joke; it's the beginning of a profile on Negin Farsad. -Shannon Carlin, Refinery29 - 6/22/16

The Box: A Play About Solitary Confinement

- In 2009, journalist and playwright Sarah Shourd was living in the Middle East when she went on a hike with her fiancee and a friend. Little did she know it, but her life would never be the same. While pursuing what they were told were fantastic views over a nearby ridge, they suddenly found themselves surrounded by Iranian soldiers. - 6/20/16

1979 Revolution: Black Friday: Gripping Adventure Game Puts You in the Iranian Revolution

- NAVID KHONSARI WANTS to make honest video games. Not just games that say something about the world, but games that draw on real events and bring a documentary approach to an interactive experience. 1979 Revolution: Black Friday, the first title from his studio, iNK Stories, distills what was a pivotal event for the world and for Khonsari into a short, emotionally resonant game. -Jake Muncy, Wired - 6/18/16

Iran film projects on Rumi revived as Hollywood reveals new project

- Some dormant movie projects about Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi in Iran have recently come into the spotlight once again after Hollywood cineastes David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown revealed their plan to make a biopic about the Persian poet and mystic. - 6/16/16

Summer Theater Camp in Persian: July 11-22, 2016 in Richmond, California

- A great camp for kids to experience theater in Persian and do some amazing work in their mother tongue. At the end of the two weeks, July 22nd, there will be a performance in Persian for the members of the family. - 6/16/16

East meets West in music by Iranian soprano Darya Dadvar

- Darya Dadvar is one of Iran's most accomplished sopranos. The singer, who lives in Paris, recently performed in the French capital with the intercultural Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris-Est. Darya's unique style combines traditional Iranian songs with European classics. Her ability to bridge the gap between Iranian music and baroque, jazz or blues has earned her a cross-cultural following. -Euronews - 6/15/16

Collection of Persian music from 1970s released in Tehran

- "The Treasury of the Art of Iranian Music", a collection containing solo and duet performances of Persian music recorded in the early years of the 1970s, was introduced during a ceremony held at Tehran's Aryana Gallery. - 6/13/16

Iranian female duo gives a voice to ethnic minorities

- Naqsh Duo is a musical project that aims to bring Iran's forgotten ethnic musical voices into the international scene. -Al Jazeera - 6/13/16

Kamkars to team up with London orchestra, choir for charity concert

- The Kamkars, Iran's leading Kurdish family music ensemble, will team up with two music groups in London to give a charity concert, which will raise funds for children displaced by war in Syria and Iraq. - 6/9/16

Famous Iranian classical singer seeks comeback despite ban

- Since he expressed support for the 2009 Green Movement protests, the voice of Iranian master Mohammad Reza Shajarian reciting Rabanna has not aired on Iranian television during the holy month of Ramadan. The famous version of the prayer by arguably Iran's greatest classical singer, who began his career as a Quran reciter, would signal to Iranians it was time to break their fast. -Arash Karami, Al Monitor - 6/8/16

Starless Dreams: Documentary about dreams, nightmares, and hopes of girls in the rehabilitation center for juvenile delinquents in Tehran

- Starless Dreams by the award-winning Iranian director Mehrdad Oskouei will be screened at Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York on June 10 and 11. This is the first film ever made about girls in the correctional and rehabilitation centers of Iran. The film has gained much critical acclaim and won prestigious festival awards already. - 6/6/16

Bleed the Night: Award Winning Zombie Short Film by Reza Ghassemi

- Audrey is stuck in limbo with no sign of escaping the living-dead. She wakes up time and time again, alone in the trunk of a car, unsure of reality. An ode to Korean crime thrillers like Oldboy and I Saw the Devil, Bleed the Night surprises audiences with its unique narrative on rebirth and second chances. - 6/6/16

"Lantouri" wins best film award at 2nd Zurich Iranian Film Festival

- The social drama "Lantouri" by Reza Dormishian, has won the Best Film Award at the 2nd Zurich Iranian Film Festival which was held in Zurich, Switzerland from May 26 to June 1, 2016. The 2016 edition of the Iranian Film Festival is dedicated to films on issues of immigration, integration, and matters related to women in Iran and around the globe such as honor/virginity, solitude, sacrifice, and love. - 6/5/16

Iranian Music Distributors Summoned to Prison: Don't Forget Us

- Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, all managers of BargMusic-one of the main producers and distributors of underground music in Iran since its launch in 2009-have been summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving their prison sentences next week, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/3/16

Iran's House of Cinema honors Asghar Farhadi

- A large number cineastes gathered at the Iranian House of Cinema on Tuesday to attend a ceremony that the center held to honor Asghar Farhadi for the success of his latest drama "The Salesman" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival. - 6/2/16

In Iran, an Actress, a Bared Arm and a 'Woman Power' Tattoo

- A popular Iranian actress whose latest movie won two awards at the recent Cannes Film Festival threw her native country into an uproar on Tuesday after images emerged suggesting that she had a feminist tattoo on her arm. -Thomas Erdbrink, NY Times - 6/1/16

Controversial Iranian Comedy Barred from Screening

- 50 Kilos of Tart Cherries was pulled from cinemas across the country after Tabas Friday prayers Imam spoke out against the screening insisting that the film is "destroying revolutionary values". The criticism of the senior member of the clergy resulted in the withdrawal of the film's screening permit by the Ministry of Culture. - 5/31/16

Iran Arrests 8 Over 'Obscene' Music Videos

- Iranian authorities have arrested eight people involved in allegedly producing "obscene" music videos. Mizan Online, a news agency controlled by Iran's powerful judiciary, quoted Tehran prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on May 28 as saying that the eight were arrested last week in Tehran. They were not identified by name. - 5/29/16

From ancient Persian poetry rises 'Feathers of Fire,' billed as largest shadow-theater play

- Rahmanian's new project is the shadow puppet production "Feathers of Fire," which bills itself as the largest shadow play ever performed. The story is culled from the "Shahnameh," an ancient book of epic Persian poetry that Rahmanian adapted into a lavishly illustrated book for a modern audience in 2013. -Los Angeles Times - 5/27/16

Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem in Talks to Star in Asghar Farhadi's Spanish-Language Film

- Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who just won two awards at Cannes for his Tehran-set drama "The Salesman" (Forushande), is resetting his untitled Spanish-language movie with Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem in advanced talks to star. -Variety - 5/27/16

'Homeland' actress: Iran, free jailed British-Iranian mother

- Once, I hoped to return to Iran. Like Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the woman who now sits in an Iranian jail, I longed to visit family, friends, the land of my birth. Her arrest last month, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals lured back to Iran, has thrown cold water on my hopes, for now. The oppressors, for the moment, have won. -Nazanin Boniadi, CNN - 5/25/16

Kamancheh Master Kayhan Kalhor Plays in Tehran amid Conservative Backlash against Concerts

- After six years of silence in Iran, music of kamencheh master Kayhan Kalhor blared out in Vahdat Concert Hall once more. On Saturday night, May 21, Kalhor and his ensemble performed to a full hall of ardent fans in Tehran. - 5/24/16

How Leonardo DiCaprio became unlikely champion in Iran

- Iranians were elated when they discovered that actor Leonardo DiCaprio had shared on his Instagram account a photo of Iran. DiCaprio, a champion environmentalist, republished The Weather Channel's photo of drying Lake Urmia to bring attention to climate change. -Holly Dagres, Al-Monitor - 5/24/16

Asghar Farhadi, Shahab Hosseini awarded at Cannes Film Festival

- The Iranian film "The Salesman" by Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi received two awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, won by Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini. - 5/23/16

Cannes: Why Asghar Farhadi's 'The Salesman' Signals a Post Nuclear Deal Cinematic Resurgence in Iran

- Asghar Farhadi's return to Cannes with his well-received "The Salesman" comes after the Iranian auteur's Paris-set "The Past" vied for a Palme d'Or in 2013. It also marks his somewhat unexpected return to shooting in Iran after "A Separation." -Nick Vivarelli, Variety - 5/22/16

Concerts of Popular Iranian Musicians Canceled Due to Pressure from Religious Conservatives

- Two of Iran's top musicians have been prevented from performing in the city of Neyshabour and other locations in northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province by the local prosecutor. Iran's House of Music, an independent association of musicians, has written a letter to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Amoli Larijani protesting the ongoing disruption of sanctioned musical performances. - 5/20/16

Kering, Cannes honor Iranian Filmmaker Ida Panahandeh

- Kering, a leading world company for apparel and accessories, and the Cannes Film Festival honored Iranian filmmaker Ida Panahandeh with the Women in Motion young talent award on Sunday. - 5/18/16

New director of IRIB says change in news programs high on agenda

- The new director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Abdol-Ali Ali-Asgari, has said that making a couple of major changes to new programs is high on the agenda. Speaking to the reporter after his inauguration on Tuesday, he also said that IRIB will turn its main focus on producing educative programs. - 5/18/16

Kayhan Kalhor's concert in Nishapur cancelled despite proper permits

- The concert of Prominent musician Kayhan Kalhor in Nishapur was cancelled on Tuesday May 10 by the order of the city's prosecutor. The Our Music website reports that the concert was to be held for two nights and it had obtained all necessary performance permits from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. The concert is also scheduled to play in Yazd, Kermanshah, Khorramabad and Tehran. - 5/11/16

Iranian women barred from provincial stages as classical concert tours

- The third leg of Shahram and Hafez Nazeri's Persian classical music concert tour is set to kick off in Isfahan on May 19 and 20, and the group's female musicians have been banned from appearing on stage. - 5/10/16

Iconic Persian Composer Passes Away in Exile: Houshang Ostovar (1927-2016)

- The Persian composer Houshang Ostovar passed away in Paris. He was 89. On January 7th, 2015, the composer died of cancer but for unclear reasons, his wife, Farideh Behboud, waited 4 months to make an announcement, ISNA reported. - 5/10/16

Noted director Abbas Kiarostami leaves hospital after long stay for cancer operations

- Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was released after 50 days in hospital and will reportedly continue to receive treatment at his home. Kiarostami was reportedly released on Tuesday April 26 after four surgeries said to be related to complications caused by intestinal cancer. - 4/27/16

Farhadi Film "The Salesman" Gets Last-Minute Acceptance At Cannes

- Asghar Farhadi's latest film, The Salesman (Foroushandeh), has been accepted into the Cannes Film Festival. The film follows the story of a couple acting in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of Salesman in Tehran. - 4/24/16

Fajr Film Festival Showcasing Bright Lineup of World Cinema

- A vibrant lineup of movies, documentaries and shorts by directors from around the globe will be screened during the 34th Fajr International Film Festival, which opened on Wednesday at Tehran's Charsu Cineplex. - 4/22/16

Where are the censors? Popular TV drama flouts Iran's Islamic taboos

- "Shahrzad", a slick, new Iranian TV series set in the Shah era, is raising eyebrows and wowing audiences across the country. But it's also sparking fears of a crackdown to come. -France24 - 4/22/16

Hye Times

- Armenian and Persian tales on vinyl, as dangerously funky as ever. Just don't call them 'exotic'. -Joobin Bekhrad, Reorient - 4/21/16

Announcing The 8th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Celebrating Iranian Heritage

- Now in its eighth year, the 2016 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival has officially been announced. Calling on filmmakers worldwide to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art,culture, and heritage, Farhang Foundation's annual online short film festival offers contestants the opportunity to compete for $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). - 4/20/16

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: Apr 30-­May 22

- For more than two decades, UCLA Film & Television Archive has showcased the ever-unfolding film tradition of Iran for Southern California audiences. This adventure has been a journey of constant discovery, as the Archive has tracked Iran's national cinema, its evolving modes of storytelling and the perspectives and achievements of its leading talents. - 4/19/16

'Fahrenheit 451' Movie in the Works at HBO From '99 Homes' Director

- "99 Homes" filmmaker Ramin Bahrani is set to write, direct and executive produce a new take on Ray Bradbury's classic novel "Fahrenheit 451" that is in development at HBO Films, TheWrap has learned. -The Wrap - 4/14/16

This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Musician In Iran

- Ninja Tune producer Ash Koosha was imprisoned in Tehran, and sought asylum in the U.K. He talks about pushing boundaries both inside and outside his home country. -Niloufar Haidari, Fader - 4/9/16

Lights, Camera, Revolution: A brief history of Iranian cinema, from Haji Agha to Agha Farhad

- To best understand the roots of Iranian cinema, one must perhaps travel back to the early 20th century, when the Qajar monarch Mozaffareddin Shah was shown cinematographic footage during a visit to France. -Zara Knox, Reorient - 4/7/16
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