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Iranian Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of "Temporary Detention" At Deplorable Facility

- Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders. - 2/28/15

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums

- In a letter addressed to the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Swiss-based organization responsible for administering the World Cup soccer competitions, 190 Iranian activists have asked FIFA to suspend Iran's membership in FIFA, in response to the Iranian government's ban on the presence of Iranian women in soccer stadiums. - 2/26/15

Subversive Facebook page wins women's rights prize

- The Geneva Summit for Democracy and Human Rights announced on Monday that Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, creator of the My Stealthy Freedom Facebook page, is the recipient of its Women's Rights Prize for 2015. - 2/25/15

Watch: 100 years of Iranian beauty - in one minute

- A mesmerizing video released Wednesday captures 100 years of Iranian beauty trends in one minute. Stylists transform model Sabrina Sarajy's hair and makeup to popular styles from each decade in a time-lapsed video produced by media company Cut.com. -USA Today - 2/21/15

Exhibition at Stanford: She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World

- A major new exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, She Who Tells a Story, presents the pioneering work of 12 leading women photographers from Iran and the Arab world. The artists explore identity, narrative, representation, and war in daily life, inviting a broader understanding of the Middle East than what Westerners glean through media reports. - 2/20/15

Rohani's administration seems to back down on women's right to sing

- The Ministry of Culture appears to have caved in to pressure from Islamic Republic hardliners regarding women singing in public, as a recent report indicates that the female singer scheduled to perform in the opening of Fajr Music Festival did not perform. - 2/17/15

This is what the lives of Iranian women really look like

- Sari, a few hours north of Iran's capital, Tehran, is a small city with a population of 200,000. If you're young, privileged, and bored in Sari, Shoonesh is the place to be on a Friday night. Racing through the narrow streets, you need only a passing glance of consent from a neighboring driver to signal that they're down for a challenge. -Mahsa Alimardani, Quartz - 2/17/15

Iranian Vice President Shahindokht Molaverdi Meets Pope

- Iranian Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Shahindokht Molaverdi met with Pope Francis on Thursday. In the meeting, the Pope stressed the need for inter-religion cooperation and said that freedom of expression does not justify insulting religious sanctities, referring to terrorist acts carried out in the name of religion. - 2/14/15

Female Singing At Center Of New Attacks Against Iran's Rohani

- A recently released album of traditional Iranian music is turning into a new headache for the administration of President Hassan Rohani, who's accused by his hard-line opponents of being too liberal in his cultural and social policies. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/9/15

Iranian-Swiss Woman Nominated For Oscar For Her Short Film "Parvaneh"

- Iranian-Swiss film director and screenwriter Talkhon Hamzavi has been nominated for an Oscar at the 87th Academy Awards in the Short Film (Live Action) category for her work "Parvaneh" along with the producer Stefan Eichenberger. - 1/20/15

The Trials and Tribulations of an Iranian Fashion Model

- Twenty-six-year-old Pegah Biglui has an unusual job for a woman in Iran: she is a fashion model. True, there are many dedicated models around the world. But what makes her story unusual is the fact she has chosen the profession in the Islamic Republic, a country that is obsessed with how women are perceived in the public space. -Shima Shahrabi, IranWire - 1/7/15

Iran's Women's Affairs Chief Feels Powerless To Act

- Shahindokht Molaverdi, the head of women's and family affairs, told the eighth meeting of women's affairs advisors and executives that she feels she is completely blocked from taking any action in her governmental capacity. - 1/5/15

Guardians Council Rejects Controversial New Iran Hijab Law

- An Iranian draft law giving more powers to police to enforce women's compulsory wearing of the hijab has been ruled unconstitutional. Iranian state media reported January 3 that the powerful Guardians Council, a 12-member group that examines legislation, rejected the draft law. - 1/3/15

Iranian Activist Jailed Without Charges Demands Her Freedom

- Mahdieh Golroo, the Iranian student and women's rights activist currently jailed in Evin Prison, has refused to accept any belongings from her family and demanded her release. - 1/3/15

IRIB chief names woman as deputy for radio affairs

- The head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) has picked a woman as his deputy for radio affairs. Mohammad Sarafraz on Saturday appointed Nasrin Abravani as his deputy to regulate radio affairs of Iran's broadcasting service. - 12/30/14

Iran: Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

- Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri's sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/26/14

Scheherazade to appear in musical at Tehran hall

- An Iranian troupe will stage a musical entitled "A Scheherazade Should Be" based on the story of Scheherazade, the legendary Persian queen and the storyteller of "One Thousand and One Nights". Only women are allowed to attend the performances, which will be staged by a cast of over 40 female performers. - 12/26/14

Pardis Sabeti and Team of Ebola Fighters Recognized by TIME as 2014 Person of the Year

- Iranian American and award-winning computational geneticist at Harvard University,Pardis Sabeti, along with other Ebola fighters, were named TIME magazine's 2014 Person of the Year. The Ebola fighters were chosen for their bravery and stepping-up during a time when many others were reluctant to do so. - 12/24/14

Women Continue Struggle for Rights Despite Barriers

- The focus of this presentation is on the struggles of members of the women's movement in Iran against human rights violations, particularly since the 1979 Islamic revolution, up to 2014. I will try to show how Iranian women have succeeded in taking a stand against human rights violations, even as problems continue. -Mansureh Shojayee - 12/18/14

Activist Iranian woman Mahdieh Golroo in jail for nearly two months without charges

- Golroo, a prominent women's rights activist, was arrested in 2009 and released after 30 months in jail. She was arrested again about two months ago after she took part in a protest in front of Parliament calling for action against acid-throwing attacks on women. - 12/17/14

Marzieh Rasouli Letter to Bahareh Hedayat

- Below are excerpts of a letter written by Journalist Marzieh Rasouli, to Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned student and women's rights activist. Marzieh and Bahareh were in Evin prison together for a short while. Marzieh has been released since, but on December 30, 2014, Bahareh Hedayat will have served a full 5 years of her 10 year prison sentence. - 12/16/14

Iran: Suspended activist lawyer arrested on Human Rights Day

- Iranian human rights lawyer and activist Nasrin Sotoudeh was briefly arrested along with husband Reza Khandan on Wednesday December 10. Sotoudeh has been staging daily protests in front of the Iranian Bar Association since her licence was suspended, demanding the right to work and dissent. - 12/11/14

Vocalist Hengameh Akhavan To Give Concert In Tehran: Men Keep Out!

- Iranian vocalist Hengameh Akhavan will give a concert at Tehran's Vahdat Hall on December 26. Only women will be allowed to attend the concert, during which she is scheduled to perform classical Iranian songs. - 12/11/14

Reliance on Ethnocentric Solutions Equates to Deceiving Women

- Through the pretext of defending Islamic values, it has been claimed for the last thirty six years that relying on international provisions and documents will not correct the gender discriminations that exist against women in Iran's traditional society. -Mehrangis Kar - 12/5/14

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Iranian Women

- In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against women in Isfahan over the last few months, which were allegedly linked to vigilante justice that was aimed at punishing "improper" hijab and encouraged by the Iranian Parliament's proposed "Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice." - 12/3/14

IRAN'S FEMALE SURF PIONEERS

- In 2010, Irish surfer Easkey Britton took time off from finishing a PhD in Marine Science to surf this moonscape of a coastline (Chabahar, Iran). It was a lark, a chance to see and surf someplace new, a serious adventure. It ended up being the beginning of a brand new surf culture: the women surfers of Iran. -Surfer - 12/2/14

New measures aimed at increasing safety of Iranian women

- The Iranian president's advisor on women's issues says the administration has proposed a bill "to provide women with security against violence." ISNA reported on Thursday November 27 that Shahindokht Mowlaverdi spoke at a ceremony at Mashhad University to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 11/29/14

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Vows to Continue Protest

- Well-known Iranian human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh says she's determined to continue protesting a decision to ban her from practicing law. Sotoudeh started picketing outside the offices of the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran a month ago, holding signs reading "right to work" and "rights of dissenters," after the association, reportedly under official pressure, banned her from working as a lawyer for three years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 11/28/14

Remembering the Life and Work of Behjat Sadr, One of Iran's Foremost Modern Painters

- This 234-page illustrated book published by Zaman in France (in English and in French), Behjat Sadr, Traces, edited by Morad Montazami and Narmine Sadeq, presents the life and art of Behjat Sadr, Iran's first female painter of international renown (1924-2009). -Fariba Amini - 11/28/14

Iranian woman Sareh Javanmardi chosen best Paralympics athlete in 2014

- Iranian female Paralympics shooter, Sareh Javanmardi, was selected as the best woman athlete in 2014 by Asian Paralympics Committee (APC). The selection was made due to Javanmardi's performance during the Second Incheon Para-Asian Games which brought two gold medals for the country. - 11/26/14

No Justice for Survivors of Acid Attacks in Iran

- The offenders of the acid attacks in Isfahan, similar to other serial crimes in Islamic Republic of Iran, will not be brought to justice as the perpetuators of these crimes are being protected. The infuriating aspect of these injustices for Iranian people is that the perpetuators of these crimes are still at large and not facing any sentence while the people who are exercising their rights to protest these crimes and holding state accountable for putting an end to these acts of violence are being arrested and detained. -Elahe Amani - 11/25/14

Tehran art exhibit reflects "Three Views" of female artists

- Paintings reflecting different issues by three female artists are on display in an exhibit entitled "Three Views" at Tehran's Boom Gallery. Created by , the collection highlights war in Kobani, the rush of modern life, as well as images of Persian gardens, the gallery announced in a press release on Sunday. - 11/24/14

Jailed Iranian-British Woman Released On Bail

- The family of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a British-Iranian citizen jailed in Iran reportedly for trying to attend a volleyball match, said Ghavami has been released on bail. Ghavami was freed on November 23, pending a decision by the Court of Appeal on her sentence, her brother told the AFP news agency. - 11/24/14

Mother of accused Iranian woman sheds light on volleyball case

- After the Tehran Prosecutor accused Ghoncheh Qavami of links to opposition forces, claiming the charges against her have no bearing on her attempt to enter a Tehran volleyball stadium to watch a game, Qavami's mother announced that her daughter has no connection to opposition forces and all of her interrogations were focused on her presence at the stadium. - 11/20/14

Iran 'Vigilante' Law to Test Rouhani on Women's Rights

- Iran's parliament last week approved a bill that would allow paramilitary forces to return to public streets and verbally enforce strict Islamic dress codes. Meanwhile, hardliners are reportedly pushing legislation that would support and protect citizen vigilantes who also want to help enforce the hijab. This comes in the wake of a string of acid attacks on women in Isfahan for not dressing properly. -Cecily Hilleary, VOA - 11/17/14

Iranian university students protest handling of Isfahan acid attacks on women

- A group of students from the International University of Qazvin gathered to protest the recent acid throwing assualts on women in Isfahan and the authorities' failure to arrest the culprits. - 11/15/14

Iran books place in 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship

- Iran advanced to the 2015 AFC U-19 Women's Championship finals after finishing top of qualifying Group B. Iran, who had defeated host Sri Lanka 4-1 in its opening match, beat Palestine 6-0 at the City Football Complex in Colombo on Tuesday. - 11/15/14

Ziba Style: Curating The Most Unusual Locally Inspired Luxury Items From Around The World

- Introducing ZIBA Style, a curated online marketplace for locally inspired luxury goods from around the world-the most unique goods a traveler cannot find at home. Founder Yasmin Sanie-Hay, an M.I.T. graduate and Harvard Business School student, traversed 70 countries to source products for her new online venture that allows customers to buy directly from designers in faraway destinations such as Beirut, Bishkek, and Benin. - 11/14/14

Iranian Activist Woman Challenges President Rohani To Fulfill Promises On Citizen Rights

- Iranian activist Nargess Mohammadi has written to President Rohani protesting against the interrogation procedure she was subjected to in Evin Court. According to the Human Rights Defenders Centre website, Mohammadi has been under investigation by Islamic Republic authorities since last March for meeting with Catherine Ashton when the latter was visiting Iran as the EU foreign policy chief. - 11/14/14

Iran announces plan to accommodate female fans in sports facilities

- The Iranian Ministry of Sports has reacted to public pressure and announced it has plans to designate a section of stadiums to female spectators. The ministry's deputy for women's sports, Robab Shahrian, told ISNA that the ministry will implement a new plan designating specific areas in stadiums for women to attend all athletic events. - 11/13/14

Ghoncheh Ghavami's Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

- New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. - 11/13/14

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

- A video of her October 31 speech in remembrance of the second anniversary of Sattar Beheshti's murder quickly went viral among social networks. In her speech, Narges Mohammadi spoke about the police negligence that led to Beheshti's death under torture while being interrogated, and a bill currently under review at the Iranian Parliament that aims to implement the Islamic principle of "Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" in Iran. - 11/12/14

Rohani Administration Reports No Progress In Probe Of Isfahan Acid Attacks

- The president's adviser on women's affairs announced today that there has been no progress in the investigations regarding acid assaults on women in Isfahan. Some have connected the attacks to the discussions around hijab enforcement by Basij volunteers. - 11/12/14

Iran Punished By The Volleyball Federation For Refusing To Allow Women In The Stadium

- Ari Grasa, the head of the World Federation of Volleyball, has written a letter to Mohammadreza Davarzani, the head of the Iranian Federation of Volleyball, expressing the global body's gratitude to Iran for its willingness to host the championships but informing Davarzani that Argentina has been chosen as the host. - 11/10/14

IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW: Equality for women means progress for all

- The fifty eighth session of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place in New York at the Headquarters of United Nations from 10-21 March 2014. -Elahe Amani - 11/9/14

Police official downplays acid attacks in Isfahan

- Ahmadreza Radan, the Chief of Police Strategic Studies, says the acid assaults on women in Isfahan have been "blown out of proportion [which allowed] the enemy to take advantage of it." President Rohani has implicitly linked the actions to overt government interference in the enforcement of hijab and Islamic dress codes in public. - 11/4/14

Mirzakhani honored by High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs

- High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs on Sunday granted a plaque of honor to Iranian Fields Medal-winning mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. Ahmad Mirzakhani, the father of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, who is an engineer and head of the board of directors of Raad Charity institution in Iran, received the plaque of honor on behalf of his daughter because she couldn't attend the ceremony. - 11/3/14

Iranian-American woman Azita Raji Nominated For Ambassador To Sweden

- The United States Embassy in Stockholm is set to get its first female ambassador after the White House announced it was nominating the Iranian-American ex-investment banker Azita Raji to take over from Mark Brzezinski. - 10/25/14

Iran's President Rouhani orders investigation into acid attacks in Isfahan

- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has instructed three ministries to accelerate efforts to find culprits behind the recent acid attacks in Isfahan amid national outrage over the despicable acts. - 10/25/14

Acid attacks on Iranian women highlight political divisions

- Media coverage of protests against the throwing of acid and other violence against women in Isfahan and Tehran was met with resistance from government bodies, even as President Hassan Rohani called for swift action against those who throw acid. - 10/25/14

Iran Hangs Woman Accused of Killing Rapist

- Iran has hanged a woman who had been on death row for five years for killing her alleged rapist. The execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari was reported by the official IRNA news agency. The man she killed - Morteza Abdolali Sarbandi - was a former intelligence officer, whom she said tried to rape her. - 10/25/14

Iranians protest rash of acid assaults on women

- Iranians took to the streets in Isfahan and Tehran to protest the recent incidents of acid throwing in Isfahan and demand that the authorities provide security for all citizens. In recent weeks in a number of incidents, women have been assaulted with acid, leaving at least one dead and many others struggling with serious burns to their hands and faces. - 10/23/14

Iran's Isfahan Outraged Over Acid Attacks

- Soheila Jowrkesh had just pulled over to take a call from her mother when she became a victim. As she sat in her car with the window open, two men on a motorcycle threw liquid acid at her. The attack left her completely blind in her right eye, with injuries to her left eye and extensive burns to her forehead, hands, and legs, her father, Nasser Jowrkesh, told the BBC's Persian service. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 10/22/14

Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice

- Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh began a sit-in on October 21, 2014, at the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest a ruling that puts a three-year ban on her legal practice, and in protest against the general state of legal representation in Iran. - 10/22/14

Iranian Justice Minister calls acid attacks on women "terrorism"

- On the sidelines of a meeting in Tehran, the justice minister told reporters that authorities in Isfahan are thoroughly investigating the incidents of acid being thrown on women, adding that the actions were "acts of "sabotage and terrorism." - 10/22/14

Four arrested for acid attacks on women in Isfahan

- Four people suspected of throwing acid in Isfahan have been arrested, says a spokesman for Iran's Interior Ministry, and "all dimensions of the incidents" are being investigated. - 10/21/14

Iranian actress rejects chador, storms off show

- Famous Iranian actress Narges Mohammadi was set to host an evening of shows in the small town of Haji Abad last week, but everything turned upside down when the local iman demanded that she wear not just a hijab (or headscarf) but a chador, or full-body covering. Mohammadi is alleged to have been so angry that she stormed out of the show, to the ire of the concert-goers. -France24 - 10/21/14

Iran Investigates Acid Attacks On Women

- Iranian officials said they are investigating a series of acid attacks on women that occurred in the historic city of Isfahan in recent days. Some social network users in the country wrote that there had been up to 13 acid attacks against female drivers who allegedly were targeted for not being properly veiled. - 10/20/14

Acid attacks against women on the rise in Isfahan

- Reports from Isfahan indicate that in recent weeks there has been a rise in the incidence of people throwing acird onto women, purportedly for not wearing appropriate hijab or Islamic gard in public. - 10/18/14

Presence of female musicians stops concert in Isfahan despite proper permit

- The music group Erfan was prevented from holding a concert in Isfahan because women were part of the group. The concert was cancelled even though the group had the necessary permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance. - 10/14/14

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. - 10/11/14

The Role of Women in the Future of Iran

- Washington, DC - "In some societies, laws protecting women are beyond the culture of the people. In Iran, it is the opposite," said Sanam Anderlini, Senior Fellow at MIT's Center for International Studies and co-founder of the International Civil Action Network, speaking on a panel regarding the role of women in Iran at NIAC's 2014 Leadership Conference. -Tyler Cullis - 10/10/14

Jailed British-Iranian activist in legal limbo starts hunger strike

- Iranian activist Ghoncheh Qavami has begun a hunger strike after 100 days in jail in protest to her undetermined state in Evin Prison. Goncheh Qavami was arrested in June for trying to enter Azadi Stadium to watch the volleyball game between Iran and Italy. She was released on bail then arrested again 10 days later. - 10/6/14

Iranian women shine in Asian Games 2014

- The Iranian women athletes managed to snatch 16 medals including two gold, seven silver and seven bronze in the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Iran's squad consisted of 282 athletes of which 224 were men and 58 women. - 10/4/14

Asian Games: Iranian Women and Men Claim Kabaddi Silver

- Iranian women's Kabaddi team grabbed the silver medal in the 17th Asian Games on Friday. The Iranian team lost to dominant Indian 31-21 at the Songdo Global University Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea. - 10/3/14

Iranian Male, Female Karate Fighters Win Asia Golds

- Iran's male athlete Saeed Hassanipour and his compatriot Hamideh Abbasali won two gold medals in Karata competitions in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon on Thursday. In the +68kg category, Hamideh Abbasali defeated her rival from China, and seized a gold medal for the Iranian caravan. - 10/3/14

Group Sues Iranian Culture Minister For Letting Women Sing Solo

- The head of the Family of Martyrs and Veterans Association reported on Tuesday September 30 that a suit has been filed against Culture Minister Ali Jannati for issuing permits allowing women to sing solo in concerts. - 10/1/14

Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

- An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women's kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea. Arezo Hakimi managed to clock 47.807 sec to win the third title. The Kazakh and Chinese athletes ranked first and second respectively. - 9/29/14

Iranian Women Unemployment Rate at 43.4 Percent

- Women's unemployment rate in the last eight years reached 43.4 percent, according to the latest report released by the Statistical Center of Iran. Although it has been years since women are working outside home, job opportunities for women have been restricted by the male-dominated society and unjust competition. - 9/28/14

Iranian activists rally around jailed female volleyball fan

- Three hundred Iranian political and cultural activists have written to President Hassan Rohani, drawing attention to the dismal situation of Ghoncheh Qavami in Evin Prison and urging the government to respect her citizen's rights and facilitate her release. - 9/24/14

Women's right to attend sports events at centre of Iran's culture wars

- A British-Iranian woman imprisoned In Tehran for attempting to watch a men's volleyball match is at the centre of Iran's cultural wars that constitute the backdrop to efforts to resolve problems with Iran's nuclear program and a struggle between reformists and conservatives in advance of parliamentary elections 18 months from now. -James M. Dorsey - 9/19/14

Female Iranian cineastes attending New York conference

- Four Iranian female cineastes arrived in New York on Wednesday to attend the Global Women's Cinema Conference, which kicks off today at the Humanities Institute of the Stony Brook University. - 9/18/14

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

- A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary detention" orders have been extended twice. - 9/13/14

Meet the Iranian woman who risked everything to save her brother from a death sentence

- If a woman in Iran can have it all, Maryam Malekpour came close. At 27, the striking, dark-haired mechanical engineer had a university degree, a reliable job at a Tehran oil and gas company, a husband, a devoted family and a lively circle of friends. Days were a mellow round of work, swimming, tennis and hanging out in the city. -Olivia Ward, Toronto Star - 9/9/14

Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

- Leading Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has garnered award at the 71st International Venice Film Festival in Italy. Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido. - 9/7/14
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