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Singing is our resistance: Iranian sisters on their fight to perform

- A prominent Iranian musician today told how she uses music as her "resistance" against the strict laws in her home country. Mahsa Vahdat, 40, who performed at Womad festival with her sister Marjan, 37, on Sunday, said she refuses to comply with a law preventing women from singing solo to a mixed-sex audience. -Evening Standard, London - 7/29/14

Iranian actress Niki Karimi criticizes world's silence on Israeli crimes in Gaza

- Iranian actress-cum-director Niki Karimi has expressed her criticism over the world's silence on the ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza. "It is very strange to me that in today's world of instant communication such a tragedy can be occurring, and yet everyone still does as he pleases, and nothing is done to stop it." A large group of Iranian cineastes also gathered at Tehran's Shafaq Cultural Center yesterday to protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza. - 7/24/14

"Closed Curtain": Iran's banned filmmaker won't give up

- "Are there windows behind those curtains?" asks the mysterious woman to the mysterious writer in Jafar Panahi's "Closed Curtain," an ambiguous, allegorical film made by the world's best-known banned director. -Andrew O'heir, Salon - 7/11/14

Shirin in Love": A Romantic Iranian-American comedy

- Following its successful theatrical release this spring, Vision Films in association with Sideshow Releasing are proud to announce the release of "Shirin in Love", a romantic comedy about a quirky young Iranian American writer from Los Angeles who falls in love and discovers herself, - 7/9/14

Iran Shoots Modern Family Scenes Almost Frame for Frame -- Minus the frames with the gay couple

- Fans of the ABC series Modern Family may never have laid eyes on the Iranian TV series Haft Sang - but they've seen it, nonetheless. -TIME - 7/2/14

Iranian vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian to receive France's highest honor

- The living legend of Iranian traditional music Mohammadreza Shajarian will receive the medal of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Paris next week. Speaking at a ceremony the Iranian Artists Forum held on Tuesday evening to commemorate tar virtuoso Jalil Shahnaz, IAF Director Majid Sarsangi announced the news. - 6/19/14

Jailed Iranian Director Mahnaz Mohammadi Sparks Mounting International Outrage

- Concern is mounting in the international film community over Iranian director, actress and women's rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi who on June 7th reportedly began serving a five year sentence in Iran's Evin Prison, on the outskirts of Tehran, on charges of "plotting against state security" and "propaganda" against the Iranian regime. -Nick Vivarelli, Variety - 6/19/14

Event at Asia House in London: "Real Fictions: Unlocking The Iranian Cinema"

- The Bagri Foundation will host its next World Cinema Club at Asia House on Wednesday 2 July 2014 from 6.45-8pm. The aim of the club is to promote a deeper engagement with films from around the planet at meetings that are engaging, informative and enjoyable. This session turns its attention to Iranian Cinema with a talk by the respected film expert, Rose Issa. - 6/10/14

Female Musicians Banned from Stage in Isfahan

- Female musicians are not allowed to go onstage and give live performances in Isfahan. Mohammad Qotbi, the head of the Isfahan Culture and Guidance administration and also a member of the clergy, compared music bands to the national football team, saying that just as there are substitutes for players on the football team, music groups should also have substitutes for their females players. - 6/7/14

One of world's top pianist to play in Iran

- One of the world's Russian prominent pianists Arcadi Volodos plans to have a performance in Iran mid June. The concert is scheduled for June 13-14 in Mild Tower. His piano is going to be transferred to Iran from Dubai in coming days. - 6/7/14

Vyer Films Has Acquired Iranian Film Ziba by Acclaimed Director Bani Khoshnoudi

- Iranian film Ziba, the first fiction feature from director Bani Khoshnoudi, has been acquired by Vyer Films marking the film's premiere web availability in the United States and release to a wide audience in Canada. Ziba will be available exclusively on vyerfilms.com starting May 29. - 6/4/14

Iranian women music festival opens mid June

- A music festival for Iranian women will be kicked off in Tehran mid June. "The women music festival is scheduled for June 14-23 on 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm every day," said Kamran Hemmat-Pour, the festival Director. - 6/4/14

Ostad Lotfi's Memorial at Central Stage in Richmond, California

- A celebration of Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi's life and music will be held on Saturday June 7, 2014 at Central Stage in Richmond, California. Many of his students will be performing in an ensemble to celebrate the memory and music of this great man - 6/4/14

Iranian musicians in Brazil for cultural 'adventurism'

- A group of Iranian composers and musicians will travel to Brazil to participate in a program intended to promote global peace through the World Cup. "The soccer-musical project will be part of a documentary film focused on peace and cultural activities to establish a dialogue between us and composers from countries in Group F" - 6/3/14

Iranian Actress Apologizes For Kiss At Cannes Film Festival

- Iranian actress Leila Hatami has apologized for kissing the Cannes Film Festival president on the cheek -- an act which angered authorities in Tehran. In a May 23 letter to Iran's cinema organization quoted by the state news agency IRNA, Hatami said she was "sorry for hurting the feelings of some people." - 5/26/14

Leila Hatami clad in 180-year-old attire at Cannes

- The outfit represents the naqdeduzi art, the traditional Iranian embroidery which dates back to the Achaemenid era, dress designer Mehrnush Shah-Hosseini told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. All embroidery on the garment has been embellished with threads of pure gold, she added. - 5/25/14

'Daily Show' inspired Middle Eastern newscast turns to Kickstarter

- Based on the structure of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," a satirical newscast all about the Middle East called "The Mideast Show" was dreamed up by Brooklyn resident Kayvon Afshari earlier this year. -Queens Courier - 5/23/14

Panel in London: The Future of Iranian Theatre

- A panel of theatre insiders will discuss the current state and future of Iranian theatre, with questions from the audience. The session will be chaired by Nelson Fernandez, director of NFA International Arts and Culture, and formerly of the British Council. - 5/20/14

Iranian Actress Leila Hatami Sparks Outrage By Kissing Cannes President

- An Iranian actress has been criticized by authorities in Tehran for kissing the president of the 67th Cannes Film Festival. Leila Hatami was photographed kissing 83-year-old Gilles Jacob on the cheek during a red-carpet ceremony in the French city. - 5/19/14

Actress Leila Hatami's Cannes kiss sparks outrage in Iran

- Iranian actress Leila Hatami outraged authorities in her home country on Sunday after a photograph emerged of her kissing the director of the Cannes Film Festival, Gilles Jacob, on the cheek. -France24 - 5/19/14

Iranian music official slams disruption of approved concert in Yazd

- The head of the Music Department of the Ministry of Culture and Guidance has expressed dismay regarding "arbitrary individuals attacking a concert in Yazd", adding: "This kind of action is not approved by any government body in the Islamic Republic." - 5/15/14

Hollywood and its portrayal of the Immortals

- There are many historical incongruities that have pervaded this film (300: Rise of an Empire) and its predecessor 300, which was based on the 480 BCE, Battle of Thermopylae. However, one of the distortions which has been remained consistent throughout both of these motion pictures is that of the Immortal -John Trikeriotis - 5/5/14

Actress: In Iran, my counterpart faces prison

- At first blush, the biography of Iranian actress Pegah Ahangarani could read very much like my own. Ahangarani is a working actress who supports social causes in her time away from set. The difference? In October, Ahangarani was sentenced to 18 months in prison for her peaceful activism. -Nazanin Boniadi, CNN - 5/5/14

Well known Iranian musician Lotfi dies from cancer

- Prominent Iranian Tar player and musician Mohammadreza Lotfi passed away on Friday May 2 in Tehran at the age of 68 after a long battle with cancer. Lotfi launched the Sheyda music group in 1976 and was also one of the founders of the Chavosh Music Institute, which has produced some of the most prominent works in Iranian traditional music. - 5/4/14

She was born in Vienna, but she's Iran's first female conductor

- Growing up in Vienna, "the musical capital of the world," as she calls it, it was difficult for Nazanin Aghakhani not to fall in love with classical music. It was all around her -- on TV and radio. She was born to Iranian parents and visited Iran frequently. "In my heart I feel quite Iranian," she says. -Shirin Jaafari, PRI - 4/29/14

" Manuscripts Don't Burn" by Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof to screen at San Francisco Film Festival

- Writer-director Mohammad Rasoulof has rooted his remarkable career in an aesthetically wide-ranging critique of censorship and authoritarian rule in his native Iran, a project embracing everything from documentary (Head Wind, 2008) to surreal allegory (The White Meadows, SFIFF 2010) to hard-edged realism (Goodbye, SFIFF 2012). - 4/23/14

New action film "Undying Dreams" is a dramatic story of the fight for democracy in the Middle East

- "Undying Dreams" is the gripping story of Mike, an Iranian-American man whose American wife Christine is kidnapped in war-torn Iraq where she is volunteering as a pediatric nurse. Instead of heeding the advice of his Iraqi contacts to go back home, Mike embarks on a dangerous mission to find Christine. - 4/22/14

Nina Hajian: Behind the Music

- Once upon a time, I thought I was going to be a pop star." For anyone who knows Nina Hajian, the bubbly outgoing radio personality for NOW 100.5 FM radio's Todd and Nina Morning Show, the declaration is not surprising... -herlifemagazine.com - 4/17/14

Fakhreddini says he is ready to restore Iran's National Orchestra

- Conductor Farhad Fakhreddini has said that he is ready to restore Iran's National Orchestra, which has almost been dismantled over the past five years. "I will keep my promise to the officials and will return to the stage in high spirits to save the National Orchestra," he told the Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday in his first comments he made after being appointed to the orchestra last week. - 4/17/14

Iranian institute organizes puppet show project to promote world peace

- Simorgh, a major Iranian company for theatrical productions, has organized a puppet show project, which plans to promote peace in the world. A group composed of Iranian, British, U.S., Canadian and Turkish thespians and puppeteers is scheduled to travel across the world to perform an antiwar play entitled "The Last Leaf" - 4/15/14

UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema: April 24 - May 14, 2014

- UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to continue its long tradition of tracing the unfolding of Iran's fascinating national cinema. Continually offering compelling new voices and visions, Iranian film responds to a rich storytelling heritage and enters into crucial dialogue with other world cultural and artistic traditions in its unique interplay of social inquiry and formal experimentation. - 4/10/14

Fakhreddini, Sahbaii return to National Orchestra, Tehran Symphony Orchestra

- Farhad Fakhreddini and Manuchehr Sahbaii have been hired to conduct Iran's National Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra (TSO), two state ensembles, which were almost dismantled over the past five years. - 4/8/14

The Voice For Peace: Arash Fouladvand to conduct Cosmopolitan Persian Choral at Paris' Saint Sulpice Church

- La Voix de la Paix ( The Voice for Peace) is an ambitious music project consisting of presenting a series of Persian concerts across the French Capital with a cosmopolitan ensemble conducted by a young and energetic Iranian engineer Arash Fouladvand turned talented conductor / composer (Watch Manoto's Welcome to My Life). -Darius Kadivar - 4/7/14

Iranian leading actress meets Dalai Lama in India

- Iranian award-winning actress Katayoun Riahi has recently met the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in India, it was reported on Saturday. Riahi, also founder of Iranˈs Komak (Help) Charity Foundation, paid a visit to India during the last days of the past Iranian calendar year which ended on March 20, the foundation reported today in a statement. - 4/5/14

Bringing Him Home, Yet Again: 'Les Miserables' Returns to Broadway

- Mr. Ramin Karimloo, an Iranian-born Canadian performer, has appeared mostly in the West End of London, where he has played Valjean, Marius and Enjolras in this show, and the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's forgettable "Love Never Dies," the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera." -NY Times - 4/4/14

Gingerly, Iran begins to rock out

- In 2008, Iran banned all pop music. But a recent female solo performance signals growing freedom in a country where heavy metal musicians have been told to stay seated on stage. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 4/1/14

6th Annual Festival of the Silk Road: Sunday, April 27th in San Jose, California

- Afsaneh Art & Culture Society/Ballet Afsaneh proudly presents the 6th annual Festival of the Silk Road - 2014. Dance, music and poetry from the Silk Road including Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, China, India, Azerbaijan, Egypt, the Balkans, the Roma & more.. - 3/31/14

Mehran Tamadon Wins Cinema Du Reel Grand Prize for "Iranian"

- It took two years for Mehran Tamadon to persuade the four supporters of the Iranian regime to risk taking part in an experiment with him. Now he receives them as guests at his family's country house to try out something that does not exist in Iran: a pluralistic society. - 3/30/14

2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival Winners Announced

- The winners of the 2014 Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival were announced on Saturday, March 22, 2014, during the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film festival Award Ceremony & Reception at LACMA before a live audience at the museum's Leo S. Bing Auditorium. - 3/28/14

300-II Movie: who are the barbarians?

- The film "300" is totally based on biased fictions written by the historians such as the greatest liar of all times, Herodothes. It claims that 300 Spartans killed one million Iranians because they simply hold their shields over their heads (a normal practice of all armies in the ancient times). They call the Persians as barbarians in the film. -Bahman Aghai Diba - 3/27/14

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra pushes back trip to Iran

- The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday that it will delay the target date for a potential concert tour in Iran, a project planned jointly with the Pittsburgh-based American Middle East Institute. -Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 3/27/14

Iranian Women in Film and TV: A Panel Discussion, Seminar in Los Angeles

- Noor Iranian Film Festival in association with Iranian American Women's Leadership Conference proudly present a Panel Discussion and Seminar with Shohreh Aghdashloo, Mahnaz Afshar, Nazanin Boniadi, and Necar Zadegan. Moderated by Homa Sarshar. - 3/26/14

"Bita Prize For Young Persian Artists" Awarded To Pianist Dena Taherianfar

- In a ceremony held at Stanford University last Wednesday evening, March 12, 2014, global philanthropist and humanitarian Bita Daryabari awarded the First Annual Bita Prize for Young Persian Artists to acclaimed seventeen-year-old concert pianist Dena Taherianfar. - 3/24/14

Ramin Bahrami to perform at The WALLIS in Beverly Hills on April 9

- The Wallis Center for the Performing Arts presents acclaimed classical pianist Ramin Bahrami in a program entitled "A Trip to Italy," a recital of Bach and Scarlatti, on Wednesday, April 9 at 8pm in the Bram Goldsmith Theater. - 3/24/14

Iran gives green light to film project on Cyrus the Great

- The Iran Cinema Organization has authorized a film project, which plans to spotlight the life of the founder of the Persian Empire Cyrus the Great, producer Ali Mo'allem said on Saturday. The application for permission to produce the project entitled "Cyrus the Great" was submitted to the organization two years ago, Mo'allem said in a press release. - 3/18/14

The Persian Empire Strikes Back

- Hollywood returns to the battlefield with'300 : Rise of an Empire' which made a big splash at this year's Comic Con. It's a sequel to the Swords and Sandals film adapted from Frank Miller's controversial comic book about an ancient feud which opposed a handful of Spartan warriors to the invading Persian Army at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. -Darius Kadivar - 3/17/14

Iranian Director Majid Majidi Laments West's Islamophobia

- The Oscar nominated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi criticized the West for disseminating Islamophobia in the world during a panel at the Palais De Nations in Geneva on Thursday. The panel was organized by the Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) and the Society of Iranian Women Advocating Sustainable Development of the Environment. - 3/17/14

"300: Rise of an Empire" And Its Ahistorical Depiction Of Xerxes The Great And Queen Artemisia

- The historian Herodotus of Halicarnassus wrote in Book 7, Chapter 187 that: "Amongst all these immense numbers there was not a man who, for stature and noble bearing, was more worthy than Xerxes to wield so vast a power." Yet, the Warner Bros.' movies 300, and its followup 300: Rise of an Empire" which premiered last week, elected to characterize the Achaemenid king based on the eponymous Frank Miller comic book series. -John Trikeriotis - 3/16/14

Iranian Films at 13th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival

- Falling Leaves, directed by Ali Jaberansari; From Tehran to Heaven, directed by Abolfazl Saffary (in person); Duet, directed by Navid Danesh - at Tiburon International Film Festival, April 10-18 - 3/13/14

Movie.ology: 300, and then we dance "the Persian"

- With the battle at Thermopylae (meaning Hot Gates) in 480 BCE Persian history became Hellenic (Greek) history, and when the (religious) war-weary Europeans pulling out of the crusading Middle Ages picked the ancient Hellenes and Romans as the pillars of the Western Civilization, Greek history became world history. -A.J. Cave - 3/10/14

Life as an 'illegal' rock star in Iran's Islamic state

- "Iran doesn't have a rock history. We need to build a rock history for Iran," says Rasoo, 22, front man for The Muckers, one of Tehran's leading rock bands. - 3/10/14

Abbas Kiarostami to preside over Cannes Cinefondation and Short Films jury

- The world-renowned Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami was selected as the president of the Cinefondation and Short Films jury of the Cannes Film Festival, the organizers announced on Thursday. The jury is composed of directors Noemie Lvovsky from France, Daniela Thomas from Brazil, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun from Chad, and Joachim Trier from Norway. - 3/8/14

Call for Entry: 2014 Noor Iranian Film Festival

- The 7th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival is launching its 2014 Call for Entries, inviting filmmakers around the world to submit feature films, documentaries, shorts, animation and experimental works. Submissions will open on March 15, 2014 and end on July 15, 2014. - 3/6/14

Sormeh in the European World Music Charts

- This month the trio Sormeh have claimed the No.12 spot on the European World Music Charts. Sormeh is a talented group of three musicians that endeavor to override all musical boundaries and oppositions. -Austrian Music Export - 3/6/14

World Premiere Viola Concerto by Iranian composer Behzad Ranjbaran in Santa Rosa Symphony's March 22, 23 and 24 concerts in Weill Hall

- Santa Rosa Symphony Music Director Bruno Ferrandis leads the orchestra in a world premiere by award-winning contemporary composer Behzad Ranjbaran on March 22, 23, and 24, 2014, in Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center. - 3/4/14

Iran's queen of pop promotes gay rights in new music video

- Iran's queen of pop, Googoosh, has released a video in support of the country's gay and lesbian community, becoming the first prominent Iranian with such a huge following to speak out against homophobia. -Saeed Kamali Dehghan, Guardian - 2/21/14

Iranian director returns from artistic exile to stage classic tale

- "These ... these are the men of Iran ... and they say with a heavy heart: 'What can we do now? For our bows are broken, our arrows have no place and our hands lie trembling.' It was exactly as they described. For they had returned from a long war." So begins the tale of Aurash, as told by writer and director Bahram Beyzaie. -Guardian - 2/21/14

"Painting Pool" producer receives UNESCO Award in Tehran

- "The Painting Pool" producer Manucher Mohammadi received the UNESCO Award, which his film won at the 7th Annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Australia in December 2013, during a ceremony in Tehran on Monday. - 2/19/14

2014 Farhang Short Film Festival's Top Six Nominees Selected

- The Top 6 Nominees of the 6th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival have officially been announced. They are Aghaye Past (Canada), Brain of Terror (USA), Bride of Rain (Iran), K-von Presents: A Splash of Nowruz (USA), Lady with Flower-Hair (Iran), andLegend of Gheysar (USA). - 2/18/14

Cleric outraged over depiction of Shia saints in "Hussein, Who Said No" film

- The Muslim cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi was angered by the depiction of members of Shia imam's households in "Hussein, Who Said No" (Rouz-e Rastakhiz), a blockbuster about the uprising of Imam Hussein, which premiered at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran last week. - 2/18/14

A New Life For Iran's Orchestras?

- After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, music was considered corrupt and decadent to the ears of religious hard-liners. The tone softened somewhat in the coming years. The annual Fajr International Music Festival, which runs from February 13-20 this year and is considered one of Iran's most prestigious cultural events, began in 1986 under the presidency of former Culture Minister Mohammad Khatami. -Golnaz Esfandiari and Mohammad Zarghami - 2/17/14

Conductor Farhad Fakhreddini tuning up Mehrnavazan for March concerts in Tehran

- The Mehrnavazan Orchestra is tuning up its instruments for concerts, which will be conducted by its 76-year-old founder, Farhad Fakhreddini, at Tehran's Milad Tower on March 4 and 6. Vocalist Salar Aqili will accompany the orchestra during the performances, the organizer and sponsor of the concerts, Naghmeh Hesar Records, announced in a press release on Saturday. - 2/17/14

Sony Classical Presents Major Label Debut From Iranian Composer Hafez Nazeri

- Sony Classical has announced a March 11th worldwide release for UNTOLD, the much-anticipated major label debut from acclaimed Iranian composer, vocalist and virtuoso instrumentalist, Hafez Nazeri. An innovative synthesis of Middle Eastern and Western elements, UNTOLD introduces Nazeri as one of modern music's most exciting new visionaries. - 2/14/14

Breaking Stereotype One Laugh at a Time

- An Indian, an Iranian, and a Mexican walk into a club. No, this is not the start of a joke: it is the new vanguard of minority comedians who have carved out a significant niche in the entertainment world. In fact, this is not the first time ethnic minorities have been at the forefront of comedy. - 2/14/14

"Hussein, Who Said No", "Che" scoop up awards at Fajr Film Festival

- "Hussein, Who Said No" and "Che" were the big winners in the national competition section of the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, the organizers announced on Tuesday evening. - 2/13/14

Islamic Revolution Can't Upstage Iranian Cinema

- When Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took power in Iran 35 years ago on February 11, Iran's filmmakers had good reason to worry. The strict code of censorship ushered in by the Islamic Revolution convinced many that creativity and film were no longer compatible in Iran. -Charles Recknagel, RFE - 2/11/14

The Iconic Cafe Nadery: From Tehran To New York

- Cafe Nadery is a community-driven Cafe in historical Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan. The vision of the Cafe is to create a contemporary Iranian-culture inspired cosmopolitan social space for both Iranians and non-Iranians in the New York City area. Founded in 1928 by an Iranian-Armenian, Khachik Madikiyans, Naderi Cafe in Tehran was one of the first western Cafes in the country. - 2/9/14

Screening at UCLA - Hush: Girls Don't Scream

- Film screening followed by discussion with Iranian writer/director Pouran Derakhshandeh. Part of the UCLA CNES and Program of Iranian Studies Bilingual Lecture Series. - 2/6/14

"Hamlet" crowned best play at Fajr International Theater Festival

- An Iranian troupe won the grand prix of the international section at the 32nd Fajr International Theater Festival for their performance of Shakespeare's magnum opus "Hamlet". The play also brought Arash Dadgar the best director and best stage designer awards in this section during the closing ceremony of the festival at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Saturday. - 2/3/14

As Fajr Film Festival opens, President Rouhani asks cineastes to bring people back to movie theaters

- President Hassan Rouhani has asked Iranian filmmakers and cultural officials to work together to bring people back to movie theaters. "Bringing back people who have turned away from the cinema is the most essential task of our officials and cineastes today," he said in a message sent to the inauguration ceremony of the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, which opened at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on Friday evening. - 2/2/14

Iranian film, actress score nominations for French awards

- Asghar Farhadi's The Past has been nominated in five categories for France's Cesar Awards, while Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has also been nominated in the female newcomer category for her role in Afghan filmmaker Atiq Rahimi's The Patience Stone (Sang-e Sabour). - 2/1/14

Photos: Iranians flock to movie theaters on free admission day

- Iran's movie theaters across the country hosted thousands of filmgoers, who, once again after a lapse of several years, were offered free admission on Thursday, the day named Greetings to Cinema Day by the Iran Cinema Organization (ICO). People who had not gone to cinema for many years along with interested filmgoers waited in the long queues to watch movies from the early hours of the day - 2/1/14

At the movies: 300 are baaack!

- Last week we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King (1929-1968), the legendary African-American civil rights movement leader, who fundamentally changed the way we tackle the thorny issue of race and racial equality in the United States. And speaking of calendars, on 7 March 2014 (less than 7 weeks), the 300: Rise of an Empire movie will come to a theater near you. -A.J. Cave - 1/27/14

Human rights award goes to singer Shahram Nazeri

- The Kermanshah and Ilam Bar Association has named Shahram Nazeri, the Iranian classical music singer and composer, as the winner of the Mehr Human Rights Award for his humanitarian efforts. - 1/26/14

"Camp X-Ray" star will never play Iranian characters in foreign projects

- Iranian star of "Camp X-Ray" Peyman Moadi has stated that he will never play an Iranian character in any foreign film project. Moadi portrays Ali, a Tunisian man who has been imprisoned by mistake at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, in "Camp X-Ray", Peter Sattler's directorial debut that was released in the United States on January 17. - 1/26/14
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