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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

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian Director Nominated For Second Oscar, Says He's Not Been Censored

- Iran retanian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home.urned to the race for a prestigious Oscar award on January 24 with the psychological thriller The Salesman. The Farsi-language film is by director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 earned for Iran its first-ever Academy Award with A Separation. - 1/25/17

Fajr Music Festival ends in shock over Tehran building collapse

- The 32nd Fajr International Music Festival came to end on Friday night with a big shock over the collapse of the Plasco Building in Tehran after a fierce fire in the 17-storey commercial center on Thursday. All the festival's closing performances were dedicated to the victims of the incident. - 1/21/17

Iran: Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities

- The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/20/17

Women to take center stage at Iran's 35th Fajr Film Festival

- Iran is getting ready to host the 35th edition of its most prestigious cultural event in February, this time showcasing works by women filmmakers and films on women's issues more than ever before. One reason for this new trend may be that cineastes have become more sensitive toward women's issues in the society and it remains to be seen if the films will be successful in reaching their objective, which is to leave a positive impact on various levels of society and find solutions to the current problems that women are facing. - 1/16/17

IMVBox: A whole new world of Iranian movies at your fingertips

- IMVBox.com is the world's leading online distributor of high-quality Iranian cinema. Its Video On Demand service houses the largest legally-assembled library of Iranian feature films, documentaries, TV shows and short films. Thousands of hours of content all easily accessible across multiple devices, all offering a high-quality playback experience. The platform uses a subscription-based model that requires members to pay either a monthly or annual fee. One month of premimum subscription free of charge for payvand.com visitors! - 1/13/17

CONCERT: Songs of My Homeland

- "Diaspora Arts Connection" and "Gilgamesh Art & Culture Foundation" Are pleased to present a very unique combination of World Music of Shirazi, Assyrian, Ghoochani, Armenian, Kurdish, Jewish, Gorgani, Azeri and Persian cultures, under the baton of Honiball Joseph. The concert will feature talented solo singers, "Iranian Choir of America" and "Gilgamesh Philharmonic Orchestra". - 1/6/17

Donya Fannizadeh, "mother" of Iran's most popular puppet Kola-Qermezi, dies at 49

- Puppeteer Donya Fannizadeh who was mostly known for manipulating Kola-Qermezi, Iran's most popular puppet character that features a playful boy, died on Wednesday at 49 after about ten years battling sarcoma. Donya was the daughter of actor Parviz Fannizadeh. - 12/28/16

"The Salesman" by Iranian Director Asqar Farhadi Nominated for Golden Globe Awards

- Iranian filmmaker Asqar Farhadi's latest movie, The Salesman, was nominated for the 2017 Golden Globe Awards. The list of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards 2017 ceremony was announced on Monday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The 74st annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on January 8, 2017. - 12/12/16

PEGAH: A Film by Javid Rezai

- The summer before university, Pegah, a shy girl from a traditional Iranian family, finds herself on the cusp of an illicit relationship with her British friends recently divorced father. 25 year-old Javid Rezai is a British-Iranian director and screenwriter. His first narrative short, Another Life, premiered at the Festival Internacional de Cine de Madrid in 2016. The film went on to be nominated for 15 awards globally. - 12/6/16

Iran seizes 'unauthorized' film package heading to Berlin Film Festival

- Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dowlatabadi announced on Sunday that Iranian police have seized a package of 'unauthorized' Iranian films from the consultant of the Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale at a Tehran airport. "A woman named Anke Leweke [the Iran consultant for the Berlin Film Festival] has recently arrived in the country, visiting with some of the 2009 post-election sedition convicts," Jafari-Dowlatabadi said in a meeting. - 12/6/16

U.S. National Board of Review names "The Salesman" best foreign-language film

- The National Board of Review (NBR) in New York has picked Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's drama "The Salesman" as best foreign-language film. The movie, which won Farhadi the award for best screenplay and the Palme d'Or for best actor for Shahab Hosseini at the Cannes Film Festival this year, is Iran's submission to the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category. - 12/1/16

A157, documentary on victims of ISIS, goes to French film festival

- Behrouz Nouranipour's chilling war documentary 'A157' will be screened at the 14th International Festival Signes de Nuit in France. The shocking documentary 'A157' which has been recently awarded by Library International Film Festival of India and won the Special Jury Award at Iran's Cinema Veritere, relates the horrors of war and terrorism in Syria, with a focus on three pregnant girls recounting their stories of war, violence and sexist conquest in a land where people have no more dreams. - 11/23/16

"Life+1 Day" Receives Best Film Award At Geneva Festival

- "Life+1 Day" by Iranian director Saeid Rustai has won the best film award at the 22nd Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans, which was held in the Swiss city from November 4 to 12. - 11/15/16

Iran's 'Inversion' wins Best Film Award at MedFilm Festival

- Iranian film 'Inversion' directed and written by Behnam Behzadi won the Best Film Award at 21st edition of MedFilm Festival. The Italian event held on November 4-12 is home to different feature movies and documentaries made in the Mediterranean and the new Europe areas. - 11/13/16

"The Salesman" wins Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize at Chicago Film Festival

- A film that gives us unique insight into the problems that arise from a case of sexual assault and the way an Iranian society deals with it. At the same time, the film is an immensely powerful tale of revenge that is universal and, in this case, told in a realistic way which features extremely painful dilemmas. It is a tale which uncovers the human condition on many levels. The Special Jury Prize goes to The Salesman by Asghar Farhadi. - 10/22/16

Iranian actor calls for famous actress in exile to be welcomed back

- Javad Hashemi, a famous Iranian actor who is best known for his blockbuster roles as a compassionate Basij soldier, has caused controversy by saying in a televised interview, "If I were in office in the Islamic Republic and [Golshifteh Farahani] said that she wanted to return, I would say 'come back.'" -Misha Zand, Al Monitor - 10/20/16

7th London Iranian Film Festival: October 28th - November 2nd

- Europe's largest Iranian film festival returns for its 7th edition in London. We're thrilled to open this festival with 'The Salesman', winner of the Best Screenplay and Best Actor awards at Cannes this year. - 10/17/16

Lima Wins Best Animation Award at Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

- Animation Lima directed by Afshin Roshanbakht and Vahid Jafari received the best animation award at the 10th Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival. "A gorgeous stop motion short about a son's struggle to keep the memory of his father alive, with an evocative score by Icelandic composer Stein Thor." - 10/13/16

Iranians Now Watching US Presidential Debates and 'House of Cards' as Guide to America

- Viewers of Iranian state television have been given an unprecedented taste of the seamier side of U.S. politics, both real and imagined, leaving many in a country where governance is more opaque wondering about the choice facing Americans in November. -Newsmax - 10/13/16

Iran Cultural Official Resigns Over Concert In Holy City Of Qom

- A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom where many of Iran's senior ayatollahs are based. Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month. - 10/10/16

Celebrated abroad, Oscar-winning Iranian director comes under fire at home

- Speculation surrounding which film would represent Iran at the 2017 Academy Awards finally came to an end in mid-September with the selection of "The Salesman" by Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi. The movie was chosen by a committee of the Farabi Cinema Foundation, which is affiliated with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. -Zahra Alipour, Al-Monitor - 10/4/16

Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco: Winners of the 2016 'Sepanta Awards' Announced

- The 9th Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Franciscowas held from September 24-25, 2016. This year, 37 films from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, India, Dubai, Czech Republic, and Spain were presented at the festival. At the end of the festival, the winners of the 2016 'Sepanta Awards' were announced - 10/3/16

'Kasco' by Iranian director Mojtaba Ghasemi receives award at Statesville's Full Bloom Film Festival

- Iranian film 'Kasco' by Mojtaba Ghasemi has won the Best Short Narrative award at Full Bloom Film Festival (FBFF) 2016 in the US. The movie received the award on September 24 in competition with 55 other short films at the Short Narrative Films section of the festival. - 10/2/16

Tataloo: the regular arrest of cursed celebrities in Iran

- Amir Tataloo, Iranian musician is till in jail after his second arrest on 23 Aug 2016 by Islamic Republic authorities without any clear announcements regarding the charges against him. Sources linked to Tataloo have reported in their social media posts that the charge against him is "spreading corruption and indecency". The reports add that he has been subjected to psychological tests and it is not clear how long he will be held in custody. -Rouzbeh Hamid - 10/2/16

Abbas Kiarostami Awards established to honor world promising filmmakers

- The Karnameh Art and Cultural Institute in Tehran in collaboration with two institutes in France and England has established the Abbas Kiarostami Awards to honor the world's promising filmmakers. - 10/1/16

Under the Shadow: feminist Iranian film is one of the best horrors of the year

- Under the Shadow, a horror set in 1988 Tehran and Iranian director Babak Anvari's first feature, took Sundance by storm. Out this week, it is not only one of the best horror films this year but also the newest feminist reading of the genre. -The Conversation - 9/30/16

Raag and Roll

- Qais Essar doesn't play in a rock and roll band, nor does he want to; he's too cool for that. He'd rather stick to his guns and play the twangy lute he was born to strum: the robab, which, like he himself, hails from beautiful Afghanistan. Qais has long been plucking the strings of his robab, and has just released a new album, Tavern of Ruin, as well as a charming and otherworldly promotional video for one of its songs, which is enjoying its debut, well ... here on REORIENT. -Joobin Bekhrad - 9/27/16

Director of "Kami's Party" asks Iranians to download his banned film and donate to charity

- Protesting against the banning Ali Ahmadzadeh put a copy of his film on the internet for free download and asked those who downloaded it and were eager to pay, to donate the money to the Children's Charity Refaah. According to the director, Kami's Party attempts to depict the relationships between young members of today's Iranian upper class which, for reasons unknown, have never been depicted in any other Iranian film. - 9/24/16

Pouran Derakhshandeh's "Hush, Girls Don't Scream" wins two awards in U.S.

- Iranian film 'Hush, Girls Don't Scream', by Pouran Derakhshandeh, won the Best Feature Film and Best Actor awards at the 12th Action on Film Festival held in Monrovia, California. - 9/18/16

PHOTOS: Mass Daf Performance In Sanandaj

- A thousand players of Daf musical instrument have performed together at 6th National Daf Festival in the city of Sanandaj for the first time in Iran's history. The group included thousands of men and women of various ages from Sanandaj, wearing traditional Kurdish clothes. - 9/17/16

Iran's Entry For The Academy Awards: "The Salesman"

- Oscar-winning director Asghar Farhadi's acclaimed movie "The Salesman" was selected on Saturday as Iran's submission to the 89th Academy Awards in the best foreign language film category. A committee of nine film experts was assigned by Iran's Farabi Cinema Foundation to choose the county's submission to the Oscar race. "The movie was selected by a majority vote," committee spokesman Amir Esfandiari said in a press release. - 9/17/16

Afghan-Iranian joint production "Parting" represents Afghanistan at Oscars

- "Parting", an Afghan-Iranian joint production about love and migration, was submitted to the 89th Annual Academy Awards to represent Afghanistan in the best foreign language film category at the 2017 Oscars. - 9/12/16

Maman Shamsi's Love Songs: A musical performance by Ziba Shirazi and Mehrdad Arabi

- Sunday 13 November, 2016 at 06:00 PM at Morgan Wixon Theatre in Santa Monica, California. Ziba Shirazi is an Iranian‐American poet, singer, songwriter and storyteller. Mehrdad Arabi, an internationally acclaimed Master of Persian music, has received numerous awards for his work from the likes of Daytona Symphony Society, University of Borneo, the City of Madrid and the City of Nicosia in Cypress. - 9/12/16

Farhad Fakhreddini, conductor of Iran'a National Orchestra, submits his resignation

- "Last year, I spent one of the best periods of my career and I had the honor to accompany a group of best musicians during several acclaimed performances. But concerning the orchestra, the officials did not address requirements, and all their efforts led it in a direction that I did not approve of, so I no longer felt it appropriate for me to continue working with the orchestra," noted Fakhreddini who founded the orchestra in 1998. - 9/9/16

Acid victim accuses producer of the film "Lanturi" of plagiarism

- Amaneh Bahrami, an Iranian woman who was disfigured in an acid attack by a man she refused to marry, has accused the producer of the acclaimed drama "Lanturi" of plagiarism. Bahrami has recently appeared in Tehran court and has filed a lawsuit against Reza Dormishian, the Persian daily Sharq announced in its Tuesday edition. - 9/7/16

Filmmaker Tahmineh Milani tries her hand at photography

- An exhibition of photos by Tahmineh Milani, the director of "Ceasefire" psychodrama, opened at Tehran's Aryana Gallery on Saturday. A number of actors and artists attended the opening ceremony, which was concurrent with the 56th birth anniversary of the director, who is also a graduate of architecture - 9/6/16

Interview with filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh

- I had the pleasure to sit down with Anahita, a vivacious yet calm spirit, who is eagerly gearing up to tell woven tales of childhood-adulthood transitions. I witnessed her as a person, an artist, and as a storyteller. Anahita herself if outspoken but not brazen, opinionated but soft, whimsical and playful, open-minded and open-hearted. -Misha Nasrollahzadeh, TheTehranTimes - 9/5/16

Iranian dance group Aylan crowned at "World Folk 2016"

- Iran's Aylan Dance Group won the gold medal and honorary diploma at the World Championship of Folklore 'World Folk 2016' in Bulgaria, said the conductor of the group. Sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Bulgarian National Folklore Commission, the event hosted 1,200 musicians, singers and artists - 9/3/16

Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra To Perform Concert for Peace

- Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra will perform on 24 and 25 September 2016 at Roudaki Hall after 2 years of silence. Directed by Arash Guran Tehran Philharmonic Orchestra will resume its work after 2 years of silence in a new way and context. - 9/3/16

Top Six Finalists Announced for the 8th Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

- Immerse yourself in Los Angeles' most intriguing cinema scene at the 8th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival at LACMA on September 24th. More than 180 films from around the world have been submitted-the most ever for this festival. The six finalist films will be screened and three winners will be announced, receiving top prizes of $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000. Over the festival's history, the Farhang Foundation has granted over $120,000 in cash prizes. - 9/1/16

9th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco: September 24-25, 2016

- This year, the festival presents 37 films from Iran, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, India, Czech Republic, and Spain. 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. - 8/29/16

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



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