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Play in London: WELCOME TO IRAN

- Ava is a twenty-something Londoner. Following the death of her estranged father, she journeys to Iran in search of his past and her extended family. Exploring the rich culture and thriving art scene of this oft misunderstood country, Ava is swept into a world of raves, raids and illicit love, all whilst negotiating family politics, Tehran traffic and the morality police. - 5/29/19

Misinformed Iranian Movie Star Falls For Fake News, Lands in Trouble

- A popular movie star has been targeted by hardliners on Iranian social media after she took a "fake news" post too seriously and shared it with millions of her fans. The hardliners have accused Mahnaz Afshar, also known for her charity work and sympathy for political prisoners, of encouraging violence after she shared a post that alleged a cleric had asked Iranian women to sleep with Iraqi militia based on "sighe" temporary marriage contract allowed in the Shiite sect. Members of the militia are currently in Iran presumably to help with flood relief. -Radio Farda - 5/3/19

Winners Of 2019 Fajr International Film Festival Announced

- The Fajr International Film Festival announced the full lineup of winners at Tehran's Vahdat Hall for their 37th year of celebrating independent, art house, alternate, fiction, documentary and animation films from across the globe. Iranian and international officials, dignitaries, filmmakers and guests attended the closing ceremony on Thursday, April 25. - 4/26/19

Iranian Actress Maryam Moghaddam Asks Minister Why She Was Pulled from Film Set Based on "Order from Above"

- "Mr. Minister! This is the state of the film industry you are in charge of: I was pulled from a film project on the first night of shooting based on 'an order from above' and warned that if I complained, I would face bigger problems; I would be reprimanded and arrested," she wrote in the letter published by the Persian-language "Cinema Cinema" magazine on April 14, 2019. -CHRI - 4/22/19

Benefit Concert In Sunnyvale, California for Iran's Flood Victims

- A unique and entertaining benefit concert featuring local artists. Proceeds from this concert will support the victims of the recent floods in Iran. The program will include performances by Naser Sheikhzadehgan, Amir Nojan, Amir Abbas Etemadi, Narges Jajarmi, Safi Rouhi and other local musicians. We are also excited to present to you vocal music by Shiraz Arts Academy Choir conducted by Amin Assadi. - 4/20/19

Star Streets: Tehran to name places after contemporary artists

- Tehran City Council wants to name the Iranian capital's streets after the contemporary artists who have won the hearts and minds of their nation. The city councilors approved a proposal on Tuesday to name a street in the western Shahark-e Gharb neighbourhood, home to well-off residents, after Iran's critically-acclaimed classical singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian in a bid to pay tribute to this living internationally-famous singer. - 4/16/19

37th Fajr Film Festival unveils lineup for international competition

- The 2019 Fajr International Film Festival has announced the lineup for International Competition (Cinema Salvation) section. The event, known as Iran's most anticipated international cinematic event, includes 109 titles from 75 countries in its screening program. Of which, 30 foreign and Iranian feature and short films are vying for the top prize. The program includes 24 foreign and 6 Iranian titles. -MNA - 4/15/19

Renowned Iranian actor Jamshid Mashayekhi, star of "Kamalolmolk", dies at 85

- Jamshid Mashayekhi, one of the "top five actors of Iranian cinema" who starred in such acclaimed movies as "Kamalolmolk" and "Chrysanthemum", died at Tehran's Erfan Hospital on Tuesday. He was 85. "Our father rests in perfect peace," his children Nader, Naghmeh and Sam wrote in a post published on Mashayekhi's Instagram. - 4/3/19

Jafar Panahi's "3 Faces" opens in U.S. theaters

- "3 Faces," a film by renowned Iranian director Jafar Panahi, opens today at select theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Encino and Hartford with screenings in other cities to come. Panahi's fourth completed feature since he was officially banned from filmmaking is one of his very best. Panahi begins with a smartphone video shot by a young woman (Marziyeh Rezaei) who announces to the camera that her parents have forbidden her from realizing her dream of acting and then, by all appearances, takes her own life. - 3/29/19

Tehran theater group to host Woody Allen's "Old Saybrook"

- A group of Iranian actors will perform a reading of Woody Allen's "Old Saybrook" at Shahrzad Theater in Tehran on March 15. Sajjad Qatei is the director of the reading performance in which he will also play a role, and Mahmud Rashidi is the producer of the production. -Tehran Times - 3/11/19

First Iranian-American Woman to Win Oscar Turns to Iran-Themed Films

- The first Iranian-American woman to win an Oscar, Rayka Zehtabchi, says she wants to build on Sunday's triumph of her documentary about menstruation by producing several films with Iran-related themes. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/27/19

IRAN: Concert Cancellations Continue in Mashhad Due to Intolerance by Religious Conservatives

- A concert by the popular Persian pop band Hoorosh was canceled by judicial order an hour before show time on February 20, 2019, in the city of Firouzeh, northeastern Iran, after a powerful local ayatollah pressured the authorities. -CHRI - 2/24/19

Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio Comes To The Defense Of Detained Environmentalists In Iran

- Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has voiced his support for eight environmentalists jailed Iran for more than a year on ambiguous charges of "spying". In a tweet on February 6, DiCaprio calls for support for the detainees who went on trial last month, some facing serious charges, which could lead to death penalty. One of the conservationists died in suspicious circumstances in prison days after his arrest last in January 2018. -Radio Farda - 2/7/19

"The Night When the Moon Was Full": A film about true love story of a terrorist

- The 37th Fajr Film Festival has premiered director Narges Abyar's latest drama "The Night When the Moon Was Full" about a true love story of Abdul-Hamid Rigi, a member of the Jundallah terrorist group. The film tells the story of Abdul-Hamid Rigi, the younger brother of Abdul-Malik Rigi, the founder and leader of the Jundallah terrorist group in southeastern Iran, who marries Faezeh Mansuri, a woman from Tehran. - 2/5/19

Famed Iranian Playwright Mohammad Rahmanian Charged for Allegedly Featuring Female Soloist

- Prominent Iranian theater director and playwright Mohammad Rahmanian has been charged with "propaganda against the state" based on a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for allegedly featuring a female soloist in his play. He was also detained and released later that day after responding to a summons to appear at a court in Tehran on January 6, 2018, to answer questions about the play, "Old Songs: Paykan Javanan." - 1/13/19

The first annual Iranian Film Festival New York: Jan 10-15, 2019

- 1st IrFFNY presents a selection of acclaimed and award-winning films from one of the world's most vital and distinguished national cinemas. The festival aims to unite two strands of Iranian moviemaking - the classic art-house Iranian cinema beloved by cinephiles around the world, and new cutting-edge works that showcase the adventurousness and daring nature of younger Iranian directors. - 1/10/19

Iranian Pop Singer Gagged, Under Fire Over Antiwar Video

- Iran's Culture Ministry says it is considering action against an Iranian pop singer and his recording company amid accusations that Mehdi Yarrahi sullied the "martyrs" and ideals of past conflicts. The ministry last week dismissed reports that it had already blacklisted Yarrahi, saying it was awaiting a response from the company that produced the clip in question for the song Torn Rock. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/8/19

CLOSING THE CIRCLE OF LOVE FOR MUSIC: Inspiring Story of An Iranian Son, Unveiling the Voice of Mother

- I went to see the first performance of 'Maman Shamsi Love Songs', a musical performance by Ziba Shirazi, Mehrdad Arabi, an internationally acclaimed master of Persian music, and faculty of ethnomusicology department at UCLA and Hamed Poursaee, a composer and classical guitarist in Los Angeles. While I knew my good friend and well-loved artist of the City of Angels Iranian community, Ziba Shirazi, would be the main singer in the musical, I did not know what to expect. -Elahe Amani - 1/3/19

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



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