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Iranian director stages puppet show to satisfy children's curiosity about baby making

- Director Mohammad Aqebati is staging a puppet show at Tehran's Honar Hall to placate children's natural curiosity about the mystery of baby making. Speaking to the Persian service of MNA, Aqebati said that he has consulted the Rah Society, a non-governmental organization providing safe sex education, to stage the play "Where Do We Come From?". -Tehran Times - 12/10/18

Iranian animation 'Watch Me!' goes to Oxford Film Festival in Ohio, US

- Iranian short animated piece 'Watch Me!', directed by Reza Mehranfar, has made it into the screening program of 16th Oxford International Film Festival in Ohio, United States. The short animated piece is about a little boy who lives in fear and anxiety, which has no meaning to others around him and thus, is always ignored. -Mehr - 12/7/18

Why Iran creates some of the world's best films

- Four Iranian films made it into the top 100 in BBC Culture's recent poll to find the greatest foreign-language films. Hamid Dabashi celebrates the country's outstanding cinematic moments. -Hamid Dabashi, BBC - 11/19/18

Iranian Celebrities Launch Petition, Condemn U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

- A large number of Iranian celebrities has launched #SanctionsTargetMe, a movement that takes aim at the sanctions reimposed by the United States on Iran. The campaign also warns that Iranian people's access to life-saving medication and medical supplies has been seriously jeopardized, said the organizers among them are veteran actors Reza Kianian and Parviz Parastui. - 11/10/18

Iranian Farmer Mahmud Mansuri wins Emerging Talent Award at Wildscreen Festival

- Iranian farmer Mahmud Mansuri has won the Icon Films Emerging Talent Award at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol in the southwest of England. He won the award for his collaboration in "In the Realm of the Spider-tailed Viper", a documentary film directed by Iranian Fathollah Amiri about the spider-tailed viper that lives in the western Iranian province of Ilam. - 10/24/18

Iranian short 'Run, Rostam, Run' to vie at St. Louis Film Festival

- Iran's short animated piece 'Run, Rostam, Run' by Hossein Molayemi has been accepted into St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF). 'Run, Rostam, Run' is a 2D animated piece depicting the Persian national hero Rostam who must travel to the future to Tehran in order to make up for what he has done to his son. Once he gets to Tehran, he doesn't know whether to choose the legal or illegal way to achieve his objective. - 10/10/18

Recipient of 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts: Parissa

- We are very pleased to announce the recipient of the 11th Bita Prize for Persian Arts is the acclaimed singer Parissa, for a life dedicated to preserving the best of Iranian classical music and elevating the role of women in this tradition. - 10/2/18

Mullahs' Messengers Say Iran's Oscar Choice Long On Art, Short On Politics

- State media and a hard-line daily with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) have suggested that the Farabi Cinema Foundation's selection of Vahid Jalilvand's award-winning drama No Date, No Signature to compete in the best foreign-language film category at the 2019 Academy Awards was a mistake, because its bleak portrayal of Iranian life risks playing into the hands of the clerically dominated leadership's biggest critics. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/19/18

Play on Persian poet Sadi to go on stage in Vancouver, Canada

- "Sadi - A Traveler From the Town of Love," A play on Persian poet Sadi (C. 1213-1291), famous worldwide for his masterpieces Bustan (The Orchard) and Gulistan (The Rose Garden), will go on stage the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver, Canada on September 22. - 9/17/18

Vancouver Film Festival to screen 7 titles from Iran

- The screening program for Iranian titles at the 37th Vancouver International Film Festival includes: '3 Faces' by Jafar Panahi, 'Dressage' by Pouya Badkoubeh, 'Exit Toll' by Mohammad Najarian Dariani, 'Hat-Trick' by Ramtin Lavafi, 'Hendi and Hormoz' by Abbas Amini, 'The Load' a Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar co-production, and 'My Clayey Conception' by Zanyar Muhammadineko. - 9/13/18

Theater Artists Arrested In Iran Over Shakespeare Production

- Authorities in Iran have detained two artists in connection with a production of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shahram Karami, an Iranian cultural official, told the state news agency IRNA on September 10 that the judiciary had ordered the director of the play, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater staging it, Saeed Assadi, to be taken into custody. - 9/10/18

Top 6 Finalists of the Farhang Short Film Festival Announced

- The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the six talented finalists competing for three cash prizes at the tenth annual film festival. All six films will be screened on September 29, with the top three winners announced and awarded. - 9/6/18

Iranian Musician Kayhan Kalhor wins Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award

- Four-time Iranian Grammy Award nominee Kayhan Kalhor was one of the two winners of the Isaac Stern Human Spirit Award at the Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition, the organizers announced last Tuesday. - 9/1/18

Thousands bid farewell to legendary Iranian actor Ezzatollah Entezami

- Friends and fans joined Ezzatollah Entezami's family in the courtyard of Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Saturday to attend the funeral of the legendary actor who died on Friday at the age of 94. Entezami was one of Iran's golden generation of actors such as Davud Rashidi, Mohammad-Ali Keshavarz, Ali Nasirian and Jamshid Mashyekhi, who began his career in acting with traditional Iranian performances. - 8/20/18

Iranian Film Festival, San Francisco: September 22-23, 2018

- Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco, the first independent Iranian film festival outside of Iran, which showcases independent feature and short films made by or about Iranians from around the world, will present 48 films at its 11th annual event September 22-23, 2018. The films range from fiction, documentary, animation, short....to music video. - 8/13/18

Celebration of Iranian Cinema at UCI-2018

- Join us for the 3rd Annual CELEBRATION OF IRANIAN CINEMA in Orange County at the University of California, Irvine September 15-16, 2018. In collaboration with the Jordan Center for Persian Studies, UCI. Special thanks to our co presenter: The UCLA Film & Televisions Archives. - 8/6/18

Three Iranian Cineastes Among Invitees To Join Film Academy

- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has picked three Iranian cineastes to join the organization as the Academy has invited 928 new members from 59 countries. "Sara and Aida," and "The Salesman" cinematographer Hossein Jafarian, as well as Ali Asgari and Farnush Samadi, the co-directors of "The Silence" and "The Gaze" are the invitees from Iran this year, the Academy announced in a statement published on June 25. - 6/26/18

Iranian Poet Sentenced and Fined For Posting Photo of Man Injured by Police

- Posting a photo of a man injured by police to his Instagram account has cost Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin three months of community service at the State Welfare Organization of Iran and five million tomans ($1,182 USD). - 6/11/18

107 Iranian Film Personalities Urge Rouhani to Lift State Ban on Pre-Revolution Actor Behrouz Vossoughi

- More than 100 Iranian artists and movie industry personalities have urged President Hassan Rouhani to lift the state ban on Behrouz Vossoughi, a well-known actor who has been living in exile for nearly four decades. The prominent Iranian celebrities who signed the letter include Jafar Panahi, actor Parviz Parastui, actress Leila Hatami, actress Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, director Mohammad Rasoulof, director Kianoush Ayari and director Tahmineh Milani. - 6/3/18

Visions of Iran: Film festival tells stories from a country of contradictions

- While most of the films shown at Cologne's Visions of Iran film festival were created by filmmakers born after the Islamic Revolution, it also features the final work of Iran's late cinematic master, Abbas Kiarostami. -DW - 5/31/18

Iranian Actors Boycott President's Iftar Ceremony

- Several famous Iranian actors and actresses say they will not attend the president's iftar (breaking fast) ceremony that will take place on Wednesday, May 30. Using the Farsi hashtag "we do not go to Iftar", the protesting movie stars said on their social media pages that they will reject Hassan Rouhani's invitation due to political, social, and economic crisis that the country is facing. - 5/30/18

Iranian hard rock singer Arian Naini gets green light for "Loneliness Border"

- The Iranian hard rock singer Arian Naini got the nod for the first time from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to release a music video, Persian media reported on Monday. Kian Hejazi is the producer of the video, which has been directed by Saba Moqaddami. - 5/29/18

A Superstar's Funeral In Tehran Turns Into Angry Protests Against Iranian Authorities

- Paying homage to a pre-revolution superstar in Tehran turned into a large and noisy protest against the ruling establishment on Sunday, May 27. Nasser Malek Motiee, 88, passed away on Friday evening of kidney failure in a hospital in the capital city. - 5/28/18

Legendary Iranian Actor Nasser Malakmotiei dies at 88

- Iranian actor Nasser Malakmotiei who appeared in over 100 movies and TV series, in most of which he played the roles of virile characters, died at Tehran's Aatieh Hospital on Friday night, he was 88. He was suffering from a kidney disorder, Persian media outlets announced. - 5/27/18

Vida Ghaffari is the First Iranian-American to be inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame

- On Saturday, May 19th, actress Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live) and many celebrities and luminaries in the martial arts world were inducted into the prestigious USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame at their gala at the Doubletree Hilton in Los Angeles. Ghaffari was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award. She is the first person of Iranian descent to be inducted. - 5/23/18

Kazakhstan's Yeslyamova, Iran's Panahi Among Winners At Cannes Film Festival

- At the awards ceremony on May 19, the prize for best screenplay was split between Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi's script for Three Faces and Italian director Alice Rohrwacher's Happy as Lazzaro. The film by Panahi, who is banned from leaving Iran, premiered to a standing ovation at the festival where it was screened on May 12. - 5/21/18

NYC's Premier Farsi Funk Band, Mitra Sumara, Announces New Album TAHDIG

- Mitra Sumara, New York City's only Farsi Funk group, is proud to announce their debut album Tahdig, set for release on June 8, 2018 on Persian Cardinal Recordings. This international party band revives the vibrant Persian pop and funk music silenced by the Iranian Revolution. The popular music of Iran in the 60s and 70s combined disco, funk, and Latin beats with Middle Eastern melodies and poetic lyrics. Mitra Sumara interprets hits by Iran's beloved singers such as Googoosh, Soli, Leila Forouhar, and remakes intoxicating Southern Iranian Bandari beat tunes. - 5/18/18

Banned Iranian Director Jafar Panahi Gets Standing Ovation At Cannes Film Festival

- A new film by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who is banned from leaving Iran, has premiered to a standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival. Panahi's children and the cast of his film Three Faces were welcomed with thunderous applause as they arrived for the gala screening late on May 12, where one seat was left symbolically empty for the dissident director. - 5/13/18

Iranian Director Farhadi's Film Shown At Open Of Cannes Festival

- Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's psychological thriller has played at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival while other Iranian, Russian, and Kazakh films were in the running for the festival's coveted Palme d'Or award. - 5/9/18

Noted Iranian composer Nasser Cheshmazar dies at 68

- Award-winning Iranian musician and composer Nasser Cheshmazar dies aged 68, leaving an indelible mark in the country's film industry. Cheshmazar died at Bahonar Hospital's ICU in Tehran on Friday after suffering a heart attack. - 5/6/18

Winners of the 2018 Fajr International Film Festival announced

- The 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival, the longest running film event in the Middle East, named its winners during a ceremony on Thursday night at Vahdat Hall, Tehran. 'Aga' by Milko Lazarov won Best Film, while Cambodian documentary film director Rithy Panh won the Peace Award. - 4/29/18

Announcing The 10th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

- 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 prestigious recognition and a $10,000 (first prize), $5,000 (second prize), and $3,000 (third prize). - 4/27/18

Iran's Mina Sadati wins supporting actress Tiantan for "Searing Summer"

- Mina Sadati has won the Tiantan for best supporting actress for her role in Iranian drama "Searing Summer" at the Beijing International Film Festival in China. She received the award during the closing ceremony of the event in the Chinese capital on Sunday, the organizers announced. - 4/23/18

John Oliver and James Van Der Beek Launch a Mock Podcast About Iran on Last Week Tonight

- On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver turned his attention to diplomacy, a.k.a. "the thing that keeps us from immediately going to war with our enemies and from telling Lichtenstein how we really feel." -TIME - 4/23/18

Iranian Pakshoo Brand Wins New York Festival Award

- An Iranian company has outperformed global brands, winning silver and bronze World Medals at an internationally recognized festival for corporate film production, the first in Iran's advertising industry. Pakshoo industrial Group was awarded the Corporate Image Film and Writing distinctions for its Your Story Is Our Story film on April 10 at the 2018 New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition. - 4/18/18

First Ever Release of 1978 Farah Choir Recording

- After 40 years, a never-before-heard recording of the Farah Choir, which was supported by the former queen of Persia Farah Diba (Pahlavi), has been released in Europe. The release of the recording, which contains seven Persian folk songs, was planned for 1978, but was halted due to the Islamic Revolution. - 4/17/18

Cannes Festival To Feature Films By Dissident Iranian, Russian Directors

- France's Cannes film festival has made a show of support for dissident directors in Iran and Russia in unveiling its selection of films to compete for the festival's Palme d'Or prize. Festival director Thierry Fremaux included films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who has been banned from leaving Iran, and Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is under house arrest in Russia. - 4/13/18

Iranian movies line up for Atlanta Film Festival

- Six movies from Iranian filmmakers will be competing in the 42nd Annual Atlanta Film Festival in the United States. "Disappearance" directed by Ali Asgari will be screened in the Narrative Features section, while five other films will compete in the shorts section. - 4/12/18

American director Oliver Stone to attend Iran's Fajr Film Festival

- Oscar-winning American filmmaker Oliver Stone will be attending the 36th Fajr International Film Festival, the secretary of the festival, Reza Mirkarimi, announced in a press conference on Wednesday. The Fajr festival will be running in Tehran from April 19 to 27. - 4/11/18

Deutsche Grammophon releases Persian Compositions for Cello and Piano

- The German Classical Music Records Lable Deutsche Grammophon has released Kian Soltani's debut album which contains works by Schubert, Schumann and Persian composer Reza Vali. The young Persian-Austrian cellist Kian Soltani was born in 1992 in Bregenz. His parents Khosro Soltani and Farzaneh Navai used to work with Tehran Symphony Orchestra for a while and shortly after the Islamic Revolution in Persia moved to Austria. - 4/9/18

Preview Screening Of Two Feature Films 'Man' & 'Three Worlds' By Amir Motlagh At Chicago Filmmakers

- LA based, award winning Iranian-American filmmaker Amir Motlagh along with producing partner and Chicago based filmmaker Charles Borg are set to preview two new feature films - MAN, Three Worlds in a double feature screening hosted by Chicago Filmmakers on April 21st, 2018 at 6 PM in Chicago, IL. - 4/9/18

'Everybody Knows' by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi to open Cannes 2018

- The Spanish-language psychological thriller, written and directed by Farhadi, stars the Oscar-winning Penelope Cruz as a mother (Carolina) who travels with her family from Buenos Aires back to her small hometown outside Madrid, Spain, for a celebration. The family's trip is plagued by unexpected events that threaten to tear the loved ones apart. The film also stars Javier Bardem as Carolina's husband. - 4/5/18

Metal Band Member Sentenced to Six Years Prison in Iran Accused of Creating "Satanic Music"

- Nikan Khosravi, a member of the Iranian metal band "Confession," left Iran for Turkey to avoid being imprisoned for six years for producing metal music, he told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 29, 2018. "The interrogators had translated my English lyrics [into Farsi] verse by verse and were asking questions about this and that word and told me I was a Satan worshipper and didn't believe in God," Khosravi told CHRI. - 4/2/18

Play on role of women of Tabriz in Constitutional Movement to go on stage in Ankara

- "Pasha" ("Pasa"), an Iranian play that sheds light on the role of women in Tabriz in the Constitutional Movement (1905 to 1911), will be performed at the 12th edition of the Ethos Ankara International Theater Festival, which is scheduled to open in the Turkish capital on Tuesday. - 3/26/18

Crossroads: New play written and directed by Bahram Beyzaie

- Approximately year eighty of the Persian calendar. In a busy crossroads of Tehran, a woman and a man run into one another, torn apart by the events of the last fifteen years! March 23rd-April 1st at Stanford University - 3/22/18

Iranian-Armenian actor Levon Haftvan dies at 51

- Levon Haftvan, the Iranian-Armenian actor who played roles in acclaimed movies such as "Kupal" and "Parviz," died of heart attack on Saturday. He was 51. Haftvan suffered a heart attack on Friday night while acting in a scene in the TV series "Bride of Darkness" and was taken to the hospital where he passed away the next day, Persian media reported. - 3/11/18

Iranian cinema returns to Edinburgh as tribute to female directors

- Beginning with the works of young filmmaker Ida Panahandeh, the audience experienced love and loss as two former lovers are reunited after a fatal accident in Israfil (2017). Panahandeh's Nahid (2015) addressed the social challenges faced by a single mother who wants to settle down with her new boyfriend. The 2015 feature introduced the Iranian concept of temporary marriage, or 'sigheh', an Islamic law allowing a man and woman to legally couple without an official change of marital status. -Sara Konradi, Student Newspaper - 3/6/18

"The Rock" by Iranian Director Hamid Jafari Wins Best Short Documentary Award At Irvine International Film Festival

- The Rock by Hamid Jafari has won the Best Short Documentary at 7th annual Irvine International Film Festival. Also at the same category which Iranian short film competed, the 'Knife Skills by Thomas Lennon won the 'Honorable Mention.' - 2/23/18

Film Review: Tehran Taboo

- The fascinating animated drama Tehran Taboo doesn't dismiss outright the reality that many residents of the Iranian city might enjoy happily devout or mundane lives, going about their business by the strict codes and regulations of the Islamic Republic. However, this film, written and directed by Ali Soozandeh, is wholly disinterested in those who are leading devoutly moral lives. -Film Journal - 2/14/18

Iranian War Movie "The Lost Strait" Named Best at Fajr Film Festival

- "The Lost Strait", a drama produced by Saeid Malekan on an epic battle by Iranian combatants during the last days of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, was crowned best at the 36th Fajr Film Festival on Sunday night. The film's director Bahram Tavakkoli and Ebrahim Hatamikia, whose Daesh drama "At Damascus Time" premiered at the festival, shared the Crystal Simorgh for best director during the closing ceremony of the event that was organized at Tehran's Milad Tower. - 2/12/18

A New Film on Ancient Persia: "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture"

- World Premiere of the film "Taq Kasra: Wonder of Architecture" will take place at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London on 1 February 2018. The film - which is the first-ever documentary on this iconic monument - is directed by Pejman Akbarzadeh, based in the Netherlands. - 1/25/18

She Studied Singing in College But is Banned From Performing on Stage in Iran

- "I am a professional Iranian singer but I am only allowed to work if I perform with a man, which is something I have never wanted to do," female vocalist Sepideh Jandaghi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in an interview. A vocalist with 12 years of training in traditional Iranian music, Jandaghi spoke to CHRI on January 22, 2018, about discriminatory state policies banning women in Iran from performing on stage except in rare circumstances. - 1/25/18

Symposium at Yale University explores impact of popular music on Iranian society

- "Popular Music & Society in Iran: New Directions," a two-day symposium examining the social and political significance of music in Iran, will take place at Yale University on Jan. 26-27. "The political and sociological study of music in contemporary Iran is a growing field, and this event is the first of its kind to bring together researchers and academics working on the topic," said symposium organizer Nahid Siamdoust, a postdoctoral associate and lecturer in Iranian studies at the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center at Yale. - 1/24/18

The House Is Black Media Project

- The House is Black is Iranian American artist Sussan Deyhim's multimedia examination of the work of Forough Farrokhzad, one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and filmmakers. Travel through a visual, sonic and theatrical journey into the heart of Forough's prophetic vision, which is as relevant today as it was half a century ago. This thrilling production, first seen at Royce Hall in 2015, features a Persian and Western-influenced score by Deyhim and Golden Globe-winning composer Richard Horowitz. - 1/24/18

Play brings trans people into public eye in Iran

- A play that spotlights transsexuals in Iran was staged during the 36th Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran on Friday night. "The Blue Pink" was staged by a cast of nine actors helmed by the promising young director and writer Sanaz Bayan at Paliz Theater. - 1/22/18

Iranian Actress Baran Kowsari appointed new ambassador of Yari Foundation

- Actress Baran Kowsari has been appointed the ambassador of the Yari Foundation, an Uppsala-based charity organization founded by Iranian expatriates living in Sweden, the organization has announced. -Yari supports street children in Iran, enabling them to attend school, and also raises funds for construction of schools and libraries for children in the country. - 1/22/18

Female Musician Prohibited From Performing on Stage in Isfahan, Iran

- Iranian singer Salar Aghili performed in the central Iranian city of Isfahan on January 12 and 13, 2018, without the female members of his band due to interference by local officials at the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 1/20/18

German quartet pays tribute to Iranian sailors at Fajr Music Festival in Tehran

- The fifth night of the 33rd Fajr International Music Festival was host to brilliant performances by the Klenke quartet from Germany. The program paid tribute to Iranian sailors and crew who lost their lives in a shipping incident off the Sea of China earlier this week. The program was held at Niavaran Cultural Center in Tehran. - 1/16/18

Acclaimed Iranian singer Iraj to perform in Shiraz

- Acclaimed traditional singer Hossein Khajeh-Amiri, better known as Iraj, will hold his first ever concert in Shiraz, Fars Province, on January 21. Iraj will be accompanied by Nima Nour Mohamadi as conductor of musicians, in the performance at the amphitheater of the cultural complex of Shiraz University. - 1/16/18

International sports film festival opens in Tehran

- Dozens of sports films are competing in the 11th Tehran International FICTS Festival that opened at Felestin Cinema on Monday. A lineup of feature-length, short and documentary films from around the world will go on screen during the 4-day event. - 1/15/18

Iranian Authorities Confiscate Passport Of Prominent Director Rasoulof, Ban Him From Making Films

- Award-winning director Mohammad Rasoulof has revealed that he has been banned from making films in Iran and is not allowed to leave the country. "As soon as I arrived at Tehran's international airport [on September 11, 2017], two individuals came to me at the passport checkpoint and took me to a room where they confiscated my passport and personal belongings," Rasoulof told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on December 23, 2017. - 12/27/17

Iran Extends Film Censorship Reach Beyond Its Borders

- Iran has taken its cultural censorship efforts to new levels by pressuring a filmmaker to cancel the screening of one of his films in Canada. The film, Delighted, by Abdolreza Kahani, was due to be screened last month at an independent theater in Toronto. But Kahani decided to cancel the screening after receiving a warning from Iran's Culture Ministry. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 12/24/17

Italian musician sisters to perform duet in Tehran

- The Italian musician sisters, violinist Natascia Gazzana and pianist Raffaella Gazzana, will perform a duet at Tehran's Niavaran Cultural Center on Saturday. - 12/21/17

Iran's Culture Ministry Successfully Pressures Iranian Director to Cancel Film Screening in Canada

- Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani cancelled a screening of one of his films in Canada after Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance threatened to ban his next film if he refused to comply, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 12/19/17

IRGC Commander Turned Musician Says He Was Banned From Producing Music by the Intelligence Ministry

- Iranian singer and songwriter Hossein Zaman, a former Revolutionary Guards commander who has been banned from producing or performing music for more than 15 years, says the ban was put in place because Iran's Intelligence Ministry wants to intimidate him into refraining from expressing his political views. - 12/11/17

German electronic band to give first Western pop concert in Iran in 39 years

- German electronic musician Christopher von Deylen and his band Schiller will become the first pop group to perform in Iran's capital, Tehran, since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. -Deutsche Welle - 12/11/17

Iran's Culture Minister Says He's Trying to "Transform" Conservative Clerics' Views on Music

- Before musicians can perform concerts in Iran without the threat of the authorities suddenly canceling them, someone has to convince conservative Shia Muslim clerics that music is not un-Islamic. "Some of the things that have happened to these artists is because of the views expressed by some religious leaders," said Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi in an interview - 12/9/17

Tallinn Film Review: 'Asphyxia'

- Fereydoun Jeyrani's elegant black-and-white thriller refracts Iranian gender politics through the prism of a twisty Hitchcockian noir. -Jessica Kiang, Variety - 12/5/17

Iranian, Italian orchestras to take "Divine Martyrs" to Rome church

- The Tehran Symphony Orchestra choir and Italy's World Youth Orchestra will perform "Where Art Thou, Divine Martyrs" composed by Hushang Kamkar, at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome on December 3. The joint concert is scheduled to be repeated in Tehran on December 6, Iran's Rudaki Foundation announced in a press release on Monday. - 11/28/17

Iranian teenage musicians to perform in Denmark festival

- A group of Iranian teenage musicians will perform at a music festival in Denmark later this month. The young musicians will perform at the NYT music festival and the University of Copenhagen on November 25 and 27. - 11/22/17

Iranian video games scoop awards at IMGA

- Three Iranian games have won four out of a total of nine main awards at the International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). "4Wheelers" from Ordibehesht Studio was picked as the Best Multiplayer Game while "Mafioso" from Paeezan Game Studio received the Excellence in Art Award. - 11/16/17

Shahram Nazeri, Kamkars team up to give benefit concert for quake victims in Kermanshah, Iran

- Legendary Iranian vocalist Shahram Nazeri and the Kamkars will join together in a concert to raise funds for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit their homeland Kermanshah in western Iran on Sunday. Following the devastating earthquake, numerous Iranian artists have announced that they would organize various programs to help the victims of the natural disaster. - 11/15/17

Iran's first Oscar submission directed by woman causes stir

- A movie about a young girl whose fantasy world helps her escape the hard realities of growing up in the countryside near Tehran in the aftermath of the 1979 Islamic Revolution is Iran's first-ever submission for the Academy Awards' foreign film directed by a woman. But not everyone is celebrating. -Amir Vahdat, AP - 11/10/17

INTERVIEW-Oscar-nominated Iranian director challenges Trump to watch her film

- Iran's first Oscar-nominated female director has challenged President Donald Trump to watch her film to see if its portrayal of ordinary Iranians' experience of war and revolution will change his views of her country. -Parisa Hafezi, Reuters - 10/31/17

Stanford To Host New Play By Reza Allamehzadeh: "The War Owl"

- The War Owl looks at the evils of war as initially rendered in Iran's grand epic poem, Shahnameh, and revisited by Bahar, the country's twentieth century master lyricist. The play is written and directed by Reza Allamehzadeh, with the solo performance of Hamid Abdolmaleki and live musical accompaniment by Faramarz Aslani. - 10/19/17



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