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Iranian Docs Honored at IDFA: Jafar Najafi's "Make Up Artist" wins the FIPRESCI Award

Iranian movies "Makeup Artist" and "Water, Wind, Dust, Bread" have been honored at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). "Makeup Artist" by Jafar Najafi won the FIPRESCI Award. "Water, Wind, Dust, Bread" by Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari received a special mention in the IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary. 12/3/21

6 Iranian films to be screened in Strasburg festival

Six films from Iran's cinema will be screened at the 3rd International Strasburg Film Festival in the United States. "The Badger" by Kazem Mollai, "Dedicated to Tehran" by Ali Bateni and Armin Tahmasbi, "The Eleventh Step" by Maryam Kashkulinia, "The Rotation" by Hazhir As'adi, "The Snow Calls" by Marjan Khosravi and "The Wound" by Sahar Nurmonavar will compete in the different sections of the festival, which is currently running online. -Honar Online 12/3/21

There Is No Evil review - passionate plea against Iran's soul-poisoning executions

Maybe you don't go to Iranian cinema for nail-biting action and suspense. But that's what you are given in this arresting portmanteau film, the Golden Bear winner at last year's Berlin film festival. It is written and directed by film-maker and democracy campaigner Mohammad Rasoulof, who has repeatedly been victimised by the Iranian government for his dissident "propaganda" - most recently, in 2020, with a one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on film-making. -Peter Bradshaw, Guardian 11/30/21

Iran's Farhadi threatens not to represent Iran at Oscars

Iranian double Oscar winning film director Asghar Farhadi has launched a scathing attack on Tehran authorities and threatened not to represent Iran at the next edition of the prestigious awards ceremony. ADVERTISING "How can I be associated... with a government whose extremist media have not stopped these past years from destroying me, marginalising me, stigmatising me?" he asked on his Instagram page. -AFP 11/22/21

Asghar Farhadi Says Iran Can Withdraw 'A Hero' from Oscars in Scathing Anti-Government Post

Asghar Farhadi has issued a scathing takedown of the Iranian government in an open letter posted Tuesday, November 17 to his Instagram account. The filmmaker was responding to an unnamed person who stated he was "pro-government" and "anti-government" at the same time. Farhadi rejects the notion he is "pro-government," and listed out various reasons why. -Indie Wire 11/18/21

To sink nuclear talks with the U.S., Iran's hard-liners use a novel weapon: A hit TV show

It doesn't star Claire Danes, it's not about Al Qaeda and it won't win any Emmys. But "Gando," a hit "Homeland"-like show that swept Iran by storm, is having an impact far beyond the small screen, morphing into a real-life political force that could upset sensitive nuclear negotiations between Tehran and the West. That's exactly what its producers want. -Los Angles Times 11/18/21

Iranian musical rebel risks prison (again) over new album

A haunting cello melody cuts through a somber bass background like a sharp saw biting into ancient, hardened wood. "Whip on a Lifeless Body," the dark opening track of "Coup of Gods," the latest album by Iranian composer and producer Mehdi Rajabian, plumbs the deepest meaning of music -- and may turn out to be the renegade Middle Eastern artist's last cry of protest. -Nikkei Asia 11/17/21

Guerilla Opera to perform works by Iranian women composers at the Museum of Science

For one night only, the Guerillas of Boston present "FRACTURED" at the Museum of Science, a collection of two exhibition performances composed by Iranian women that focus on fractured experiences. "Distorted Attitudes III/ Scattered," written and composed by Anahita Abassi, is performed by baritone Brian Church and percussionist Mike Williams. The world premiere of "SALT: A woman at the edge" is composed by Bahar Royai with libretto, or text, by Deniz Khateri. -Boston Globe 11/17/21

The women of Iran's underground metal scene

Iran might seem an unlikely hotbed of heavy metal music, especially as western pop has been officially banned there since the Islamic revolution of 1979. Yet despite the risk of floggings and long jail terms, the genre continues to thrive in secret underground venues. -BBC 11/16/21

Asghar Farhadi wins Asia-Pacific Best Director Award for "A Hero"

Famous Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has won the Best Director Award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in 2021 for his film "A Hero". The winners of the 14th Asia-Pacific Film Festival were announced, and "A Hero," which was nominated in four categories, eventually won the award for the best director at the event. -IFP 11/12/21

Iranian Pop and Rock Show at Oud Festival was nostalgic

Maureen Nehedar is taking a trip down dear old Memory Lane and taking us along for the associated musical ride. Over the past couple of decades, forty-something Nehedar has cemented her place as one of the country's foremost exponents of Persian classical music and while she has been at it, a sprinkling of other extracurricular projects. Nehedar is part of this year's Jerusalem International Oud Festival -Jerusalem Post 11/12/21

A Conversation with 'The Doll' Filmmaker Elahe Esmaili

There's the initial temptation, particularly upon first glance from a Western viewer's perspective, to view Iranian filmmaker Elahe Esmaili's latest film The Doll as an indictment of the seemingly patriarchal implications of certain Islamic cultural traditions. But The Doll doesn't serve a neatly wrapped up delineation of child marriage and women's issues against a backdrop of systemic oppression and patriarchy. Instead, Esmaili's film offers a nuanced and complex portrayal of a family caught between tradition, personal beliefs, and circumstance-and, frankly, it's all the better for it. -Nerd Daily 11/8/21

Shake Makarian: Opera, Piano and Ikebana in Iran

Lyrical soprano and pianist Shake Makarian (born in 1931 in Kerman, Iran) occupies a place in the history of Iranian opera and classical music. She is the daughter of Araks Makarian (1907-2010), an active figure in the Iranian-Armenian community and the first professional make-up artist in Iran. -Mirror Spectator 11/1/21

Arlington Film Festival to Host Iranian Program

A review of movies from Iran's modern cinema will be held in a special program at the Arlington International Film Festival, which will be held online from November 4 to 14 due to the pandemic. The American festival is an annual nonprofit film event dedicated to promoting and increasing multicultural awareness through showcasing world cinema and independent films. 10/29/21

Amazon Drops Trailer for Asghar Farhadi's 'A Hero,' Iran's Oscar Contender, January U.S. Theatrical Release Set

Amazon Studios has dropped the international trailer for Ashgar Farhadi's "A Hero," which is Iran's candidate to represent the country at the upcoming Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category. The film, which launched positively in July from the Cannes Film Festival where it tied for the Grand Prix, the fest's runner-up prize - and subsequently went to both Toronto and Telluride - will be released in U.S. theaters on January 7 before its online launch on Amazon Prime Video on January 21. -Variety 10/29/21

My Name Is Inanna examines Iranian history through one woman's narrative

In the opening moments of Ezzat Goushegir's My Name is Inanna, a clock marks the passing seconds, each tick as heavy as an anvil striking a penny nail. A woman with bound hands sits listening, clearly anguished and afraid. The woman is Inanna (Maryam Abdi), both the Mesopotamian Queen of Heaven and Goddess and an imprisoned, contemporary activist trying not to succumb to despair. -Chicago Reader 10/28/21

An Iranian-American musical partnership comes back to life in Minneapolis

When Iranian virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor performs Friday at Walker Art Center alongside the American chamber quartet Brooklyn Rider, the finale will be a sprawling epic titled "Silent City." Composed by Kalhor to commemorate the people killed during Saddam Hussein's chemical gas attack on the Iranian-Kurdish city of Halabja in 1988, the nearly 30-minute piece begins shrouded in desolation. -Star Tribune 10/27/21

Parvin Bahmani, Qashqai vocalist known as mother of Iranian lullabies, dies at 72

Qashqai music vocalist Parvin Bahmani, who was considered the mother of Iranian lullabies, died at Tehran's Sajjad Hospital on Thursday. She was 72. She was suffering from serious lung and heart problems, Persian news websites announced. 10/25/21

In Photos: Iran's Art Group Present 'Sama' Dance, a Sufi Performance

Khishtan art group perform the Sama dance, or a Sufi dance, at a theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran. -News18 10/22/21

Erfun Khoshdel, a Young Iranian Pop Singer, Won an International Music Award and Expressed His Happiness at Achieving This Success

Success world championships among many people always make everyone happy and receiving prizes makes a person feel good, Especially if these awards are international and have many reflections. Erfun Khoshdel, a young Iranian who has been singing music for several years, this year was the first time he participated in the World Festival of Music, Literature, and Art, and in his first appearance, he won the award for the best musician. -Music Times 10/21/21

Tehran short film fest opens, with shot at Oscars for first time

The festival jury has members from the Islamic republic as well as Italy, Japan, France and Austria. The festival, now in its 38th edition and running until Sunday, earned qualification this year as a gateway to Hollywood's annual awards showcase. The event "was added as a qualifying festival in the Short Films categories this year," the the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed. "And it is the only current qualifying festival in Iran." -AFP 10/20/21

Iranian family road trip movie wins top prize at London film festival

A tender and unexpectedly funny story about a family's road trip through the twisting desert highways and misty green valleys of northwestern Iran has won the most prestigious prize at this year's London film festival. Hit the Road, the debut by Panah Panahi - son of esteemed Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi - centres on a family of four making a run for the border... -Guardian 10/18/21

Director Tina Gharavi on Biopic 'Forough' About Feminist Poet Who 'Set Iran on Fire'

BAFTA-nominated director Tina Gharavi ("I Am Nasrine") is heading to Rome's MIA market this week with her timely biopic "Forough: A Lonely Woman," the story of iconoclastic Persian poet Forough Farrokhzad who "set Iran on fire" during her short and controversial life. The film follows the feminist icon who in the 1950s and '60s found a way to tell her story in an Iranian society not yet ready for the uncomfortable truths of female desire and ambition. -Christopher Vourlias, Variety 10/13/21

Iran's 'The Recess' wins award at US Progeny Short Film Festival

The Iranian short film, 'The Recess,' written, directed, and produced by Navid Nikkhah-Azad, has won the Best Short Film Award from the Progeny Short Film Festival in Virginia, the US. The 12-minute film is the story of a 17-year-old school-girl who runs away from school to watch the football match of her beloved club. -Honar Online 10/12/21

'Hit the Road' Review: An Iranian Family Makes a Run for the Border in Panah Panahi's Unforgettable Debut

A family road trip movie in which we never quite know where the film is heading, "Hit the Road" may be set amid the winding desert highways and gorgeous emerald valleys of northwestern Iran, but Panah Panahi's miraculous debut is fueled by the growing suspicion that its characters have taken a major detour away from our mortal coil at some point along the way. "Where are we?" the gray-haired mom asks into the camera upon waking up from a restless catnap inside the SUV in which so much of this film takes place. -Indie Wire 10/8/21

Iranian Authorities Surveil Her Every Move. Yet This Tehran Based Director Agreed to Talk to Us

The Iranian authorities have been persecuting Mahnaz Mohammadi for 14 years. She fights for women's rights, makes films that expose the oppression of Iranian women, presents her films at international festivals, and isn't afraid to tell the world what outrages her in Iran. But every few years the authorities lose patience and decide that Mohammadi has gone too far. -Nirit Anderman, Israel's Haaretz 10/7/21

"African Violet" scores big win at Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco

African Violet has been the big winner of the 14th edition of the Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco as it garnered awards in four categories, including best screenplay and best director. Mona Zandi-Haqiqi was selected as best director for the drama, which also won the award for best screenplay written by Hamidreza Bababeigi. 9/30/21

National Theatre Conference Honors Sanaz Toossi

The National Theatre Conference (NTC) has announced Sanaz Toossi as the winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award in recognition of her play Wish You Were Here, unanimously selected by NTC's Stavis committee. Besides the award, Toossi will be granted an honorarium of $2,000 during NTC's annual meeting in December 2021. -American Theatre 9/30/21

Iranian Singer Googoosh Raises Her Voice To Keep Her Nation's Culture Alive

Singer Googoosh has been called "The Voice of Iran," but in 1979 her voice was silenced by the Islamic Revolution. This year, she's celebrating 21 years since she broke that silence, with a new album and a tour of North America that stops next in Washington, DC, on Oct. 2. Interviewed in California a few days before the start of her tour, she says there's one reason she wants to continue singing in Farsi for the young generation: "Because I love my country." -NPR 9/30/21

Exiled Iranian Filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi Urges Movie Academy To Include "One Representative From Exiled Artists" For Oscar Consideration

Bahman Ghobadi, the exiled Iranian filmmaker who has won prizes at Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian and many other international festivals, has penned a letter to the Film Academy saying, "It would be great if we could have one representative from exiled artists." -Deadline 9/29/21

Indo-Persian Musical Confluence: a program of online events, 2020-21

The Indo-Persian Musical Confluence Symposium presents a series of performances, workshops, and presentations by academics, independent scholars, musicians and artists whose work relates to Indo-Persian musical cultures, including the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Iran. -UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music 9/24/21

CHAII is a multifaceted artist on the rise

The Persian-NZ performer, writer, producer, audio engineer and director has made a name for herself thanks to her distinctive sound. CHAII's sound cleverly traverses a multitude of different genres and not only has her music been featured in campaigns for FIFA 2021, the Iphone 12+ and Fendi, she was also announced as the first ever New Zealand Spotify RADAR artist. A platform that has previously launched international stars like Lauv, Jorja Smith and King Princess. -1883 Magazine 9/24/21

Iranian musician risks prison for new album

Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian faces prison for making music. In fact, he has already spent two years locked up - including a spell in solitary confinement and a hunger strike - for releasing songs the Iranian authorities did not agree with. But he is undeterred. "I will not step back and I will not censor myself," he tells BBC News. -BBC 9/15/21

12th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Announces Its Top 6 Official Selections

The Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival is pleased to announce the six official selection short films competing for this year's top three cash prizes. All six films will be screened at the virtual awards ceremony on September 25 -Farhang 9/14/21

Iran's controversial spy thriller series "Gando" returns

The Iranian controversial spy thriller is back to the television screens after being pulled-off by the state for a couple of months as its plotline depicted corruption and ineptness in former Iranian president Rouhani government. Sources elucidate that the third season of the series would feature talks on nuclear deal. -AFP 9/10/21

Paniz Shafaei Awarded Aspire2STEAM Scholarship Sponsored by Trade Press Services, Inc.

Aspiring professional clarinetist promotes peace and understanding through performing music from Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. Just recently, Paniz began working toward a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where she also works as a graduate assistant. -EIN News 9/9/21

Telluride 2021: With 'A Hero,' Asghar Farhadi Tells a Fable for the Cancel Culture Age

The Iranian director discusses his decision to skip the Oscars in 2017 in protest of Trump's travel ban, the toll of COVID-19 in Iran and the limits on his expression there: "I can't tell exactly what my movies would look like if I had the freedom, but I know that it would be different." -Rebecca Keegan, Hollywood Reporter 9/7/21

Mohsen Makhmalbaf warns of extremists

Filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf was once a guerrilla in his native Iran before trading his gun for a camera. He later defected from the country, where film and other artistic expression are subject to strict censorship by the Islamic theocracy. Since then the director has been a fervent antiwar supporter with unshakable faith in democracy. -Nikkei Asia 9/7/21

Filmmaker Shirin Neshat on the Parallels Between 'Land of Dreams' and Current Events in Afghanistan

The visual artist and director has long used her work to focus on her Iranian roots, but with her futuristic new drama, she takes a penetrating look at her adopted country - and is troubled by what she sees. -Hollywood Reporter 9/3/21

Hamoon & Amiralee Join Forces With Nima Sarshar On Terranova Records

We have been lucky enough to catch up with Hamoon & Amiralee and Nima Sarshar in light of their recent release on Spanish label - Terranova Records. Check it out as we discover more about the guys, the scene in Iran and much, much more... -Music4Lovers 8/25/21

'Zalava': First Trailer For Iranian Film Playing In Venice Critics' Week & TIFF Midnight Madness

Here's your first trailer for Iranian drama-horror Zalava, which is playing in the Venice Critics' Week, the independent and parallel section of the Venice Film Festival. Set in 1978, the film hones in on the inhabitants of a small village in Iran called Zalava who claim there is a demon among them. Massoud, a young police officer who investigates the claim encounters an exorcist attempting to rid the village of the demon. -Deadline 8/25/21

"Wet" wins grand prize at Flickers' Rhode Island filmfest

Iranian short movie "Wet" has won the Flickers' International Humanitarian Award at the 39th Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival in the United States. The is a grand prize of the festival, which is given annually to films or filmmakers who inspire social change and community outreach, and strive to better the world in which we live. -Tehran Times 8/24/21

Israeli-Iranian musician Liraz took time to discover her roots; she performs Sunday at Music Haven

She brought together musicians from conflicting countries Iran and Israel to work on an album in secret and release it in the midst of a global pandemic. Called "Zan," Persian for women, the album is a long-held dream for Charhi, fusing her Israeli roots and Iranian upbringing and paying tribute to the women of Iran. She's set to perform Sunday in Schenectady on the Music Haven Stage in Central Park.- Indiana Nash, Daily Gazette 8/19/21

How a casual insult sowed the seeds of an anti-war crusade

Most people would not have even noticed the careless omission in a news report back in February, 2013. But for filmmaker Granaz Moussavi, it was the catalyst for a powerful new movie. -The Australian 8/13/21

Big World Pictures Nabs Mohammad Rasoulof's 'A Man of Integrity'

Big World Pictures has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to "A Man of Integrity," the 2017 feature from Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof that won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival. 8/13/21

Middle East: A drug addict in the family

The opening of Majed Neisi's film shows his seven brothers and his sister laughing and dancing at his cousin's wedding in Ahvaz in south-west Iran. But this is just the public face of a family in crisis. His elder brother Mohammad had become a heroin addict who would vanish for weeks at a time. After the party, he disappeared and nobody would talk about him. -Helen Fitzwilliam, Chatham House 7/30/21

The Fairies: An English Opera Setting of Persian Poetry by Ahmad Shamlu

Sheida Gharachedaghi completed the opera in 1989. It was immediately banned in Iran, but premiered and recorded later that year in Toronto. It's a surprise, then, to discover that the work has so little to do with the tradition of Persian music. - Christopher Ballantine, OPERA Magazine 7/29/21

In His Own Words: Iranian Musician Mehdi Rajabian On Why He Is Willing To Risk Jail For His New Album, 'Coup Of Gods'

Mehdi Rajabian is a musician. And like most musicians he feels the need to create music so strongly he can't do anything else. The difference between Rajabian and musicians in the U.S. or the U.K. or most other places around the globe is that Rajabian, an Iranian musician, is risking imprisonment to share his art. As he says in his self-penned essay, "We are proving that no power can stop making music, even if it means my life, or going back to jail." -Forbes 7/26/21

EXCLUSIVE: Watch The Opening From 'Juliet & The King,' A Hand-Drawn Feature From Iran's Hoorakhsh Studios

A couple of years ago, The Last Fiction became the first Iranian animated feature to qualify for an Oscar. Having successfully made its mark overseas, the studio behind the film, Tehran's Hoorakhsh Studios, is launching into its next project: the family comedy Juliet & the King. -Cartoon Brew 7/23/21

"A Hero" takes home the Grand Prix for Cannes 2021

The Grand prix was Jointly awarded to Asghar Farhadi "A Hero" and Juho Kuosmanen for "Compartment No. 6" - The 74th annual Cannes Film Festival took place from 6 to 17 July 2021. The 2021 Cannes Festival Jury helmed by Spike Lee announced its list of winning films and filmmakers from the competition. 7/19/21

12th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival

We welcome filmmakers to submit short films for competition that visualize some aspect of Iranian arts, crafts, cuisine, culture, geography, literature and history. All entries will be judged for creativity, quality, and originality and will compete for a chance to win monetary prizes 7/16/21

'A Hero' Could Bring Asghar Farhadi to the Oscars Best Director Conversation

It shouldn't be a shocker that an international feature from Asghar Farhadi has entered the awards conversation with the vivacious and flavorful "A Hero." How the Iranian filmmaker chooses to frame his stories has always been compelling, and it's a quality that has been overlooked by the Academy in his tenure. Perhaps, this could be his ticket to an overdue directing nomination. -Clayton Davis, Va 7/15/21

A Hero review - Asghar Farhadi's realist tale is just too messy and unsatisfactory

Asghar Farhadi has made a tangled film about the tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive, in that calmly observant, realist yet information-withholding style with which this director made his name. In way, A Hero is a slice-of-life story, in which the "i"s and the "t"s are not necessarily dotted and crossed like a regular screenplay; it has the unsatisfactory, unclear messiness that real life has. -Peter Bradshaw, Guardian 7/14/21

Indo-Iranian band Narang's sound quest

That music is a way of expressing our connection to nature and life-affirming human relationships is a belief that band Narang holds dear. That was abundantly clear at the live musical web series Sounds of Society that they featured in episode of the musical series that appeared on its website and Urban Beat Project's YouTube channel recently. -The Hindu 7/13/21

Barred Iran director's son follows his footsteps to Cannes

You might think the family business did not seem so inviting to young Iranian filmmaker Panah Panahi, given that his acclaimed father has faced years of persecution at the hands of the authorities. But the 37-year-old made a splash at the Cannes film festival this weekend, presenting his first film "Hit the Road" at an event that his father, Jafar Panahi, has been blocked from attending by Tehran for more than a decade. -Qantara 7/12/21

The Imagination of Ancient Empire of Iran: Philosophical Poetry of Omar Khayyam and Legendary Voice of Amir Hossein Nouri

Nowadays, there is less of a name and recognition for the role of Iranians in world culture and art. Contrary to popular belief, Iran has a high level of cultural diversity. Although located in the Middle East, it is a country with four seasons. Beautiful with an ancient history, which had one of the great empires of the world. The country which originated with the first human rights document by Cyrus the Great in 538 BC, as well as the source of the threefold slogan of Zoroaster with the mantra of "Good speech, a good deed and good thought." -Music Times 7/8/21

Abbas Kiarostami, the Iranian teacher who opened the doors to a full-fledged cinema - Telam

Director Abbas Kiarostami, who died this Sunday five years ago, left a poetic work that not only gave testimony to the artistic vicissitudes that his native Iran experienced, but also Through tapes such as "The Taste of the Cherry", he opened the doors of the West to cinema in the Middle East. -Cynthia Porter, Sunday Vision 7/5/21

Sussan Deyhim Embraces the World

Iranian-born composer, vocalist, performance artist, and activist, Los Angeles-based Sussan Deyhim is known for creating a singular vocal language, one that is permeated with a sense of ritual and the unknown. In other words, Deyhim is a consummate artist: At 13, she was part of the national ballet company in Iran, studying with master folk musicians and dancers... -Classical Voice 6/29/21

How a Former NFL Cheerleader and an Iranian-American Actress Sarah Shahi is Climbing Up the Ladder of Success

Aahoo Jahansouz Sarah Shahi is an Iranian-American TV on-screen actress and former NFL Cheerleader. In 2018, she featured in the arrangement Reverie. In 2019, she performed in a couple of scenes of City on a Hill on Showtime. She was born on 10 January 1980. Presently, Sarah Shahi age is 41 years. 6/28/21

A brief interview with the popular and talented Iranian artist Yalda Dousti.

Yalda Dousti Born in 1992 in Tehran, she is a master of painting ,design and also she's a very unique and creative artist. She graduated from the University with a degree in Cartography and Architecture. And then she started working in that field , but later her destiny put her on a path that changed her life forever. -The Open News 6/28/21

In Los Angeles, a theatre spotlight shines on next-gen Iranian-American voices

When she was growing up in Woodland Hills in Los Angeles's suburban San Fernando Valley, Ora Yashar felt very American. But at home, her parents were preoccupied with their native Iran. "I always heard stories," Yashar told the Forward. "My parents were always talking about life before the Revolution. They always talk about Iran." The Iranian-American Yashar is now co-producing "Persian Sunrise, American Sunset," a Zoom-based show at The Braid theater, portraying the autobiographical narratives of Iranian-Americans. -Forward 6/18/21

The Passing of Parviz Kardan, a pioneer of Iranian stage, screen and television

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Mr. Parviz Kardan, one of the pioneers of the Iranian stage, screen, and television. Mr. Kardan was born in Shiraz on October 20, 1937, and started his artistic career in 1959 by acting on stage and on television. -Farhang Foundation 6/13/21

Comedy drama recounts story of Persian mythical heroine Goshasb Banu

A comedy drama telling the story of the wedding of heroine Goshasb Banu, the daughter of Persian mythical hero Rostam, went on stage at Tehran's Mehregan Theater on Tuesday. Somayyeh Abadeh is directing "Wedding of Banu Goshasb" written by veteran playwright Ardeshir Salehpur based on some ancient Persian texts. Goshasb Banu has swarms of suitors from Turan, China and India. Therefore, Rostam lays down only one condition: that he will agree to the one who can defeat her in a battle. 6/10/21

"The Statue" by Iranian director Mohsen Salehifard tops at VAFI & RAFI animation festival

Iranian short movie "The Statue" has won first prize at the 12th VAFI & RAFI International Children and Youth Animation Film Festival in Croatia. Directed by Mohsen Salehifard, "The Statue" tells the story of a sculptor who engages with the clay of his sculpture and shapes it. 6/7/21

30M Records talks 'This is Tehran?' and Iranian music's global potential

Hamburg-based label 30M Records was founded in 2020 by Matthias Koch with the aim of helping Iranian musicians to release their music globally, at a time when economic sanctions mean artists and labels there cannot deal directly with digital music services in the US or Europe. The label's first compilation album 'RAAZ' came out last year, and this week its second release drops. 'This is Tehran?' focuses on current Iranian composers and musicians working across a range of genres, from classical and jazz to electronica. -Music Ally 6/4/21

New Stories From A Rising Generation Of Iranian-Americans Debuts At The Braid

Yashar and Akhondzadeh are part of a plethora of Persian talent - writers, actors, musicians, and in Ora's case, a producer - of the brand-new salon show from The Braid (formerly Jewish Women's Theatre), Persian Sunrise, American Sunset. The autobiographical narratives of these Iranian-Americans will be given dramatic life in four live-on-Zoom performances between June 19 and June 28. -Broadway World 6/3/21

Politics still pack a punch(line) for Iranian-American comic

For Iranian-American Maz Jobrani, a stand-up show in Dubai marked the first time he's been in front of a major live audience overseas since the start of the coronavirus pandemic - and he feels it. "Doing stand-up comedy is kind of like going to the gym - you have to get up on stage five, 10 times a week," said Jobrani, sitting in a Dubai hotel overlooking Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building. -AP 5/31/21

Niche services are connecting Iranian artists and listeners

The work of Mim Rasouli, a musician based near Tehran, is rich in Persian and Western influences. In "Fastalgia", one of his best-known tunes, Mr Rasouli mashes up songs by Seyyed Javad Zabihi, a muezzin from the time of the shah; Mohammad Reza Shajarian, one of Iran's greatest cultural treasures; Archive, an alt-rock band based in London; and Arms and Sleepers, a trip-hop group from Boston. -Economist 5/28/21

Nasrin review - this is what a superhero looks like in the real world

This clandestinely shot documentary about Iranian human-rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh reveals what superheroism looks like in the real world. As significant as the tireless work in lawyer's cabinets, drab constitutional courts and prison visiting rooms is her symbolic importance: her sinewy persistence and true courage in standing up to Iran's dogmatic regime have the potential to ignite such qualities in others, and unlock the collective action needed to shift this sclerotic society. -Guardian 5/25/21

"I Wondered if Metaphor and Allegory Weren't a Way of Integrating Censorship and Accepting Oppression": Mohammad Rasoulof on There Is No Evil

"Under conditions of terror most people will comply," Hannah Arendt wrote from the trial of Adolf Eichmann, "but some will not." This simple, almost simplistic sentiment permeates There Is No Evil, the new film from dissident Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof. The original Farsi title, Sheytan vojud nadarad, translates more directly to The Devil Doesn't Exist, a phrase that may sound hopeful until you unpack its dark implications. -Soheil Rezayazdi, Filmmaker 5/21/21

"Asak" named best short doc at Vienna Ethnocineca festival

Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Zamanpur Kiasari's "Asak" won the award for best short documentary at the 15th edition of the Vienna Ethnocineca International Documentary Film Festival. "Asak", which means a small hand-mill in the local dialect of southern Iran, is about the life of an 80-year-old blind man who lives in that area. 5/20/21

A conversation with Firouzeh Khosrovani, Iranian director of Radiograph of a Family

As part of our coverage of this year's San Francisco film festival, we commented on Radiograph of a Family, a film by Iranian director Firouzeh Khosrovani. We suggested the film was "a sensitive, semi-autobiographical and semi-fictionalized portrait, albeit with significant questions left unanswered, of one family's experience of Iranian life over the course of a half century or more." -David Walsh, WSWS 5/18/21

Iranian avant-garde artist Mentrix challenges islamic stereotypes with astonishing new single and video '99 Names Of God'

These are diversive and clashing times. Ideas and ideologies are colliding everywhere you look as the human race tries to make sense of the world. The old and the new are trying to make sense of the madness. Maverick Iranian Berlin-based auteur Mentrix has released "99 Names of God" (Asma-ul-Husna) via House of Strength Records, during the holy month of Ramadan, to follow up her debut album 'My Enemy, My Love'. -Louder Than War 5/17/21

Webinar: An Allegory of Belief, Truth, Power and Resistance in Art

Taking a self-reflective approach, Azam Ali examines how music serves different aspirations for a second-generation Iranian, often playing a central role in political movements: strengthening and unifying the voice of the people seeking social justice against a common adversary. She believes an artist's greatest act of resistance is to extract every drop of truth from their lived experience and express it to its fullest. -Zoom call on May 21st, 2021, UCLA 5/17/21

Iranian vocalist Abdolvahab Shahidi dies at 99

Iranian singer and composer Abodolvahab Shahidi, who was also an oud and santur virtuoso, died of heart failure at Tehran's Resalat Hospital on Monday. He was 99. Born in Meimeh, a small town near the central Iranian city of Isfahan, Shahidi began learning songs and playing the oud and santur from maestro Esmaeil Mehrtash. 5/13/21

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