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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

Iranian-American Actress Gets Fed Up With Hollywood's Racism

- Ever get tired of seeing your favorite Middle Eastern actors relegated to roles that only deal with the War on Terror? Because they surely are. Kathreen Khavari is a public-health-professional-turned actress who was fed up with Hollywood's racism, so she decided to do something about it. -Jamilah King, - 1/25/14

Workshop in San Jose, California: 6/8 Rhythm in Persian Music and Language

- Ever wonder why 6/8 rhythm is so important in our music? Could it be because so much of what we say in colloquial Farsi is also in 6/8? Come join us for a fun lecture/workshop at the Shiraz Arts Academy with our own Naser Sheikhzadegan who will review and perform basics of rhythm and explore commonalities in our music and spoken Farsi in usages of 6/8 and other rhythms. - 1/22/14

Iran: Rule banning musical instruments on TV is broken

- Iran's Channel One television has caused a sensation by showing musical instruments on screen for the first time in 30 years, it's reported. -BBC - 1/22/14

Bazaarpool, Iranian musicians team up to commemorate Asita Hamidi

- The Swiss band Bazaarpool and a number of Iranian musicians have teamed up to pay homage to the late Austrian musician of Iranian origin Asita Hamidi during concerts in Tehran. Hamidi, a 51-year-old singer and harpist who lived in Bern, Switzerland, died of a type of blood cancer in December 2012. - 1/17/14

Nine female-fronted bands to perform at Iran's Fajr Music Festival

- Nine female-fronted Iranian ensembles are scheduled to give performances at the 29th Fajr International Music Festival in February. Only women will be allowed to attend the concerts, which will be performed by these bands that mostly are led by singers. - 1/16/14

Authorities Close Cultural Events in Tehran Despite Rouhani's Recent Support of Artists

- A large crowd of eager guests, some of whom had traveled long distances, were not allowed to attend a cultural event organized by Chelcheragh magazine on Sunday, January 12, cancelled on orders from the Tehran General and Revolutionary Courts Prosecutor, according to the Police Commander. - 1/16/14

"The House is Black" Media Performance at UCLA's Freud Playhouse

- "The House is Black" is Sussan Deyhim's media-film-performance project, inspired by the works of Forough Farrokhzad one of Iran's most influential feminist poets and film makers of the 20th Century. This project seeks to shed light on the importance of progressive Iranian contemporary arts through the vision of two of Iran's most avant-garde female artists, Forough Farrokhzad and Sussan Deyhim. - 1/15/14

Silk Road Ensemble Celebrates Cultural Harmony

- Spices, fragrant oils, gems and silk were bought and sold along the 6,500-kilometer trading route that stretched from China to the Mediterranean. However, cellist and UN Peace Ambassador Yo-Yo Ma says cross-cultural exchanges and understanding were the ancient route's most precious products. Ma founded the 31-member ensemble, whose members represent 20 countries, to express that spirit of exploration and sharing. -Adam Phillips, VOA - 1/12/14

Funeral held for film crew killed at the explosion scene of the Iranian war drama "The Ascendants"

- "Iranian security officials do not allow the import of special explosive substances for film projects and consequently, Iranian special effects coordinators have to use military explosives for explosion scenes in film projects," Abbas Shoqi, a member of the board of directors of the Special Effects Coordinators' Society in the Iranian House of Cinema, had earlier told the Persian service of ISNA after the explosion. - 1/12/14

Iran's thriving rap culture

- Wearing baggy clothes and starter caps, teenage boys had come to Tehran's Friday Bazaar to hit on girls. Posing, they threw their hands in the air making gestures - gang signs. The odd concoction of a circle, two fingers and one finger on each hand was symbolic of the Iranian capital's area code: 021. -Holly Dagres, Al-Monitor - 1/10/14

Explosion on film in Tehran set kills five, injures others

- Five people were killed and two injured in an explosion on the film set of Me'rajiha a new film by Massoud Dehnamaki. ISNA reports that the explosion occurred today, Wednesday January 8, as the crew was nearing the final stages of filming. - 1/8/14

Jamshid Mashayekhi collaborating on doc "From Iran to Argentina"

- "The nomad women will also be asked to speak in front of the camera and each will symbolically present a handmade gift to the Argentinean football superstar Lionel Messi," he said. Messi was the subject of thousands of insulting messages after the 2014 World Cup draw grouped Iran with Argentina on December 6. - 1/7/14

Cartoons of Iranian musicians on display at Tehran gallery

- A collection of cartoons centering on Iranian musicians is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran's Naqsh-e Jahan Gallery. Entitled "Face to Face", the collection has been created by Saeid Chavari. - 1/6/14

'The Past' Director Asghar Farhadi on Finding Art in Life's Dilemmas

- Each new film that Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi releases somehow manages to collect even more awards and accolades than the previous. It will be hard, though, for his new film, The Past, to outdo A Separation's (2011) impressive run, which culminated at the 2012 Oscars with a surprising nomination for original screenplay and taking home the award for best foreign language film. -Chris O'Falt, Hollywood Reporter - 12/29/13

Concert in Tehran: Iran from Viewpoint of a Japanese Pianist

- Noriko Ogawa, the Japanese pianist traveled to Iran last month on an invitation extended to her by the Japanese Embassy in Tehran. During her stay, she performed piano pieces in Iranian cities of Tehran and Shiraz. What follows is a part of her account of the Iran trip which she has sent to the BBC. - 12/26/13

Contribute to the making of documentary "We the People of the Islamic Republic of Iran"

- WTPIRI, a feature length documentary, will tell the story of Iran today and show some pretty amazing people and places. We are looking to start shooting WTPIRI in 2014, and are scheduled tp travel to the Fajr Film Festival in Feb. to meet with some of the people we will feature in the documentary, and enjoy some great films! - 12/26/13

Photos: Yalda 2013

- Following the fall of the Sasanian Empire and the subsequent rise of Islam in Persia, the religious significance of the event was lost, and like other Zoroastrian festivals, Yalda became a social occasion when family and close friends would get together. Nonetheless, the obligatory serving of fresh fruit during mid-winter is reminiscent of the ancient customs of invoking the divinities to request protection of the winter crop. - 12/23/13

Iranian Artists Launch Online Petition to Minister of Culture Denouncing Crackdown

- In a letter addressed to Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, a group of Iranian musicians, music principals, and supporters have asked him to end the suppression of musicians and music professionals and to ensure that artists are not imprisoned for producing artistic works. - 12/22/13

Iranian, Polish docs share top award at Cinema Verite

- olish filmmaker Maciej Drygas's "Abu Haraz" and Iranian director Mostafa Razzaq-Karimi's "Memories for All Seasons" have shared the Best Feature-Length Documentary Award in the international competition section of the Cinema Verite festival. - 12/21/13

Iran's Culture Ministry authorizes release of the film "Parviz"

- Iran's ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has authorized limited release of "Parviz", a dark Iranian comedy drama, which has been acclaimed in several international events. - 12/20/13

Photos: Socrates play performed in Tehran

- Iranian actors performed a play named Socrates at Vahdat Amphitheater in Tehran. - 12/16/13

An interesting initiative for Arbaeen 2013

- A 17-million people gathering. Only few days to Imam Hussein (as) Arbaeen (the 40th day of his martyrdom), still collects the greatest congregation of Imam's mourners as the world's greatest gathering; a gathering much larger in scope, the distance walked, and the population participating than the Hajj pilgrimage itself - 12/16/13

Farhadi's "The Past" gets Golden Globe nomination

- Farhadi's The Past will compete with: Blue is the Warmest Colour, the French film and winner of this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival; The Great Beauty from Italy, which won major awards from the European Film Academy; The Hunt by Danish filmmaker Tomas Vinterberg, and the Japanese animated film The Wind Rise - 12/14/13

Oscar winning film maker visits OMID Center in Tehran

- It's not everyday that we see an Oscar winning film maker at the OMID Center's but on November 6th we were privileged to be joined by the great, and highly entertaining, Ashgar Farhadi as he spoke about his film making, his life and experiences to the young women and staff of both of our Tehran Center's. - 12/12/13

Notes from Iran on the Current Season of "Homeland"

- Anahita and I were sitting in a café in Tehran, Iran watching a Homeland marathon. As an Iranian-American, I'm used to watching this show back home in the States on Showtime. Anahita, a native of Tehran, is used to downloading torrents from the Internet. After we finished the tenth episode of the show's current season, Anahita turned and looked at me. "What can I say? - 12/11/13

Iranian Morality Police Arrest Popular Underground Musician Amir Tataloo

- Iran's Morality Police have arrested popular rapper Amir Tataloo. Colonel Massoud Zahedian, Chief of the Morality Police, told ISNA that his unit is actively identifying and confronting Iranian underground musicians who produce their work inside Iran and distribute it on television satellite channels abroad. Zahedian added that following the arrest, Tataloo is now in custody of the Iranian Judiciary. - 12/5/13

First UK Sonic Arts Residency with Islamic Republic of Iran

- International arts consultancy Six Pillars announces the UK's first sound art residency for Iranian artists and musicians. Five emerging practitioners visit London for the first time from Iran on 9 December. The two weeks intense preparation and technical workshops peak with the performance of "Iran-UK Sonics" at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, Friday 13 December - 12/2/13

Iranian woman's dreams about space travel take shape in Danish documentary

- Danish filmmaker Berit Madsen has directed a documentary about Sepideh Hushyar, a young Iranian woman who dares to plan for her future as an astronaut. The documentary entitled Sepideh (Break of Dawn) was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) on Monday. It was filmed by Iranian cameraman Mohammadreza Jahanpanah. - 11/29/13

Iran's "Fish and Cat" named best film at Portuguese festival

- The Iranian movie "Fish and Cat" won the Best Film Award at the 13th Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival in Portugal, organizers announced on Monday. Director Shahram Mokri received the award Monday during the closing ceremony of the event in Lisbon. - 11/20/13
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