Reza Mirkarimi: Awarded Iranian film director

Reza Mirkarimi (Persian: رضا میرکریمی ‎, born 1966 in Tehran) is an Iranian film writer and director. He graduated from Fine Arts University in Graphic Arts. His cinema activities began in 1987 with a series of shorts followed by two TV series aimed at young people.

His 1999 first feature, ‘The Child and The Soldier’, has won several national and international awards. In 2000 his second feature ‘Under the Moonlight’, dealing with social and religious issues won the Best Feature Award at the 40th Critics’ Week at the 2001 Cannes International Film Festival.

Three of his films have been presented by Iran for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar: ‘ So Close, So Far’, ‘A Cube of Sugar’ and his current feature, ‘Today’ Reza Mirkarimi has also sat on several international film festival juries.

Filmography (as director)
– 2000: Koodak va Sarbaz (The Child And The Soldier)
– 2001: Zir-e Noor-e Maah (Under The Moonlight)
– 2002: Inja Cheraghi Roshan Ast (Here Is A Shining Light)
– 2005: Kheili Dour, Kheili Nazdik (So Close, So Far)
– 2008: Be Hamin Sadegi (A Simple as That)
– 2011: Yek Habe Ghand (A Cube of Sugar)
– 2014: Emrooz (Today)

Short Films, Documentary and TV Series
– For Him (Short / 1987)
– A Rainy Day (Short / 1987)
– Rooster (Short / 1987)
– The Adventures of Mrs. Aziz (TV Series / 1996)
– Hemmat School Kids (TV Series 1997)
– Iranian Carpet (Documentary / 2006)

Film: Koodak va Sarbaz (The Child And The Soldier)
Honor Diploma for Best Director – Fajr International Film Festival 2000
Silver Baloon – Three Continents Festival 2000
Golden Shoe – Zlín Film Festival 2001

Film: Zir-e Noor-e Maah (Under The Moonlight)
Best Director Award tied with Gjergj Xhuvani for Slogans – Tokyo International Film Festival 2001
Special Jury Prize – Beirut International Film Festival 2001
Special Jury Prize – Tokyo International Film Festival 2001
Special Jury Award – Fajr International Film Festival 2001
Critics Week Grand Prize – Cannes Film Festival 2001
Silver Peacock Special Prize of Jury – Delhi International Film Festival 2002

Film: Inja Cheraghi Roshan Ast (Here Is A Shining Light)
Best Screenplay – Asia-Pacific Film Festival 2002
Crystal Simorgh Best Director – Fajr International Film Festival 2003
Special Jury Prize – Bali International Film Festival 2004

Film: Kheili Dour, Kheili Nazdik (So Close, So Far)
Crystal Simorgh Best Film – National Competition, Fajr International Film Festival 2005
Best Film Award – Celebration House of Cinema 2005

Film: Be Hamin Sadegi (A Simple as That)
Golden St. George – 30th Moscow International Film Festival 2008
Russian Guild of Film Critics Award – International Competition, Moscow International Film Festival 2008
Crystal Simorgh Best Director – Fajr International Film Festival 2008
Crystal Simorgh Best Screenplay with Shadmehr Rastin – Competition of Asian Cinema, Fajr International Film Festival 2008
Crystal Simorgh Best Director – Competition of Asian Cinema, Fajr International Film Festival 2008
Crystal Simorgh Best Director – National Competition, Fajr International Film Festival 2008

Film: Yek Habe Ghand (A Cube of Sugar)
Special Jury Prize – Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema 2012
Best Film – Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema 2013

Film: Emrooz (Today)
Best Film Award Rabat International Film Festival 2014

Sources: Wikipedia | Reza Mirkarimi, Internet Movie Data Base | Reza Mirkarimi

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Babak Karimi: Awarded Iranian-Italian actor

Babak Karimi (Persian: بابک کریمی‎, born 1960) is an Iranian-Italian film actor and editor.

It is more than 40 years that Babak Karimi has settled in Italy. He is the son of Nosrat Karimi an Iranian actor, director and playwright.

Babak Karimi attended Istituto Rossellini High School in Rome and studied to be a film camera operator and later took a masters course in photography at C.I.A.C. (Centro Italiano Addestramento Cinematografico). He was offered a position to teach editing at the International Academy of Visual Arts and Sciences in L’aquila.

In 2004, he cooperated in producing the three episodes feature film ‘Tickets’ directed by Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami and Ken Loach, working above all on Kiarostami’s episode in which as well as being a co-producer, he worked as assistant director, second cameraman, actor and editor.

From 2004 to 2007 he has been a consultant for the Venice Film Festival particularly in selecting Iranian films for the festival.

His performance in ‘Tickets’ provided the ground for playing the role of examining magistrate in ‘Nader and Simin: A Separation’ directed by the celebrated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi. Through that Karimi became more acquainted with the mainstream Iranian cinema.

Babak Karimi was part of the Italy Prospects Jury at the at the 7th Rome Film Festival in 2012.

2002: Radio Host of Hollywood Party (Rai 3)

Filmography (incomplete)
– 2001: Ra’ye makhfi‎ (Secret Ballot) (directed by Babak Payami, edited by Babak Karimi)
– 2005: Tickets (directed by Ermanno Olmi, Abbas Kiarostami & Ken Loach)
– 2007: Due Insoliti Ospiti (directed by Francesco Falaschi) (short)
– 2011: A Separation
– 2013: The Past
– 2013: Fish & Cat

Silver Bear (Best Actor): 61st Berlin International Film Festival (2011)

Further reading: Full interview with Babak Karimi on the film ‘Nader and Simin, a separation’ in Payvand News of Iran

Sources: Wikipedia, Payvand News of Iran, Babak Karimi in RB Casting

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Sahar Pakseresht: Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom Union

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The Young Innovators Competition has many challenges includes ‘Local Digital Content’, ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ and ‘Smart Cities and Climate Change’.

Sahar Pakseresht was one of the participants of ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ challenge.Her idea, called ‘NAJI’ has been selected as the winner of this challenge among almost 150 applications from a group of dedicated, exciting and motived young people from all over the world.

Sahar Pakseresht Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom UnionSo, What is ‘NAJI’? Naji (means savior in Persian) is a two part system, consisting of a bracelet that marks the user’s location and vital signs in a disaster, making rescue easier and a mobile application which streamlines requests for assistance from emergency personnel. It functions over a range of communication systems in order to make sure that it continues to function when needed, by switching from data to phone to SMS to USSD as needed.

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She says: “I faced the…

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Reza Dormishian: Iranian film director, screenwriter and producer

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Reza Dormishian is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and producer. He has worked as assistant director with remarkable directors such as Dariush Mehrjui, Fereydoun Jeyrani, and Alireza Davood Nejad.

He is one of the most prominent and distinguished directors of the new generation of the Iranian cinema, whose films have always been received well by the people, critics, and international festivals because of their social themes and modern structure.

He started writing as a film critic in 1997 for several newspapers. He later worked as an executive editor for cinema books and magazines. He was an assistant to some prestigious Iranian filmmakers, including Dariush Mehrjui and Alireza Davood Nejad. He has also worked as a screenwriter. He started making short films and documentaries in 2002. Hatred is his first feature film, produced independently in Istanbul. Hatred displays the frenzied love and hatred and two accounts from two phases in the…

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Baran Kosari: Awarded Iranian actress

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Baran Kosari, born on October 17th 1985 in Tehran, is an award winning Iranian actress. She is the daughter of director Rakhshan Bani Etemad, and film producer Jahangir Kosari. She graduated from Soureh academy.…

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Iranian American Event in New York: “A Spring Voyage to Celebrate Iranian and American Fusion”

Persian Arts Festival is proud to announce its 9th annual Nowruz celebration, Night of Melodic Wanderlust, a spring voyage to celebrate Iranian and American fusion, MC’ed by comedienne Susan Peret, featuring Persian-Americana rock from three of the city’s hottest bands. The highly-anticipated event will take place at NYC’s premier global music venue Drom on Friday, March 27 at 7:00pm ET.

Headlining the event will be Vatan a Persian meets Americana, or self-described as, “Iranicana”, group hailed by Aslan Media as one of the top emerging Middle Eastern bands to watch for boldly redefining bi-national American identity in melodic terms.

The evening’s line up will also feature acoustic singer-songwriter flair from opening act Arian Saleh, as well as East-meets-West classical fusions from Persian folk master Navid Kandelousi.  Rounded out with Vatan’s signature Perso-country grooves, the three acts create a seamless bridge between Iranian and American fusion, amplifying what it means to empower heritages, pay tribute to family roots and celebrate cultures through musical dialogue.

Tickets starting at 15$:

The venue will also feature a mini Shurka Bazaar, where guests are invited to peruse through arts, crafts, books, jewelry, and more throughout the event.


VATAN, or “homeland” in Persian, is a group of Middle Eastern-American musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. Blending the lines between Persian folk music and country, funk and rock, they revive classic tunes while building new ones.

Vatan vocalist Mona Kayhan

While Vatan’s band members, Mona Kayhan and Piruz Partow were raised and even born in the United States, they draw inspiration from their motherlands/home country. Through their music, Vatan honors their roots while celebrating the coming together of the cultures. The country underlinings honor America and what it has to offer those who come from anothercountry to start a new life while continuing to empower their heritage through music.

Piruz’s Persian tar playing is known to seamlessly transition between brooding, Persian dhastaghs to country pickin’. While Mona’s folky, jazz vocals bring a fresh edge to Persian classic love songs such as “Baroun, Baroun” and “Niloufar”, she returns “home” with originals like “Woke Up” with the tar continues to pull them towards to their Persian roots.

Piruz Partow is a Brooklyn based musician, composer and educator who has dedicated much of his life to learning, writing, teaching, listening and supporting music. Primarily an electric and upright bassist, Piruz also plays a host of other studio instruments with his current interest in the Persian tar. He is a great appreciator of Persian classical music and is inspired by its improvisational nature given his extensive background in jazz.

Mona Kayhan has been a vocalist for as long as she remembers. Accolades include performing in a Broadway tour, multiple recording artist credits to singing with a number of bands in NYC. In an effort to reconnect with her roots, Mona founded the non-profit organization, Persian Arts Festival, which highlights Persian arts and culture through music, visual art, film and more. She continued her pursuit by taking Persian vocal lessons to marry her love of singing and her family’s heritage. She soon met Piruz, who was looking for a vocalist with whom to start a Persian country band. The rest was history.

Vatan has played at various festivals and venues such as BAM Cafe, Le Poisson Rouge, the LIC Bar and the Hudson Terrace.


Navid Kandelousi studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia. Kandelousi has mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the Violin, Setar, Taar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with Tombak, Santour and Gheychak.

Navid Kandelousi: facebook page

Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as Iranian National Orchestra, and has performed internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln center, Julliard music school, Albert Hall, Sydney’s Symphony hall and Vahdat hall. His teaching background include work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. Navid is currently working with Maestro Danial Philips in Queens college of music.


Though Arian Saleh began playing all over Los Angeles in 2009, music has been a part of Arian Saleh’s life from the beginning. The grandson of Monir Vakili, Iran’s First Lady of Opera, and the son of acclaimed recording artist ZaZa, Saleh’s unique sound is deeply rooted in a troubadour tradition and has a heavy emphasis on lyrics and melody, with nods to gypsy, tango, and electronic music.

Arian Saleh:

After releasing “The Light”, a song for the Iranian Green Revolution in 2009, he met with the Wizardz of Oz and began work on what would become his fist recording: “The Cobblestone EP”. This defining group of songs went on to gain great audience and critical response, sending him around the country playing shows.

While on tour in New York, Saleh teamed up with virtuoso cellist Dave Eggar and luminary drummer Chuck Palmer and the three began playing and touring extensively as a trio. They, together with DJ/Producer Chuck Wild (Captain Planet) recorded and recently released Saleh’s first full length album, Undone. The music video for the single “Underhill” premiered on The Huffington Post and the album itself has been described “like coming in and out of different worlds of music, guided by an incredible voice” and heralded as “one of the best out-of-left-field releases of 2013”. Continuing the album’s praise, “Open Your Mind Let Me Out” has been nominated for an Independent Music Award.

Also working as a composer, TINTO, a short film he scored, was an official selection in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.

Currently residing in Brooklyn, Saleh continues to play all over the country, writing honest, mischievous and romantic music that asks more questions than it answers.

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Nima Javidi – awarded Iranian Filmmaker (Biography + Scenes from Melbourne & it’s premiere in Iran)

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Nima Javidi was born in 1980. A qualified mechanical engineer, Javidi began making short films in 1999 and has made six to date: Marathon Paralyzed Champion (1999), A Call for O (2001), The Poor Earth (2004), Changeable Weather (2007), Crack (2009) and Catnap (2010). He has also directed two documentaries, Person (2007) and An Ending to an Ancient Profession (2007) and more than 30 television commercials. Melbourne (2014), which he wrote and directed, is his feature film debut. It recently won Best Film at the Cairo Film Festival and Best Script at the Stockholm Film Festival and opened the Venice Film Critic’s Week.

The following video might be interesting for non Iranians, just to see how Iranian celebrities in Iran visited the premier of the movie.
Scenes and Interview with the crew of “Melbourne”:


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Nazanin Daneshvar: Tehran’s Trail Blazing Tech Entrepreneur

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As a young businesswoman in Iran, Nazanin Daneshvar didn’t plan to become one of Tehran’s trail blazing techpreneurs.  She has overcome obstacles of both age, and gender. The 30-year old is part of a startup scene so vibrant, more than one hundred people recently competed for a place at the country’s first private accelerator, providing mentorship as well as funding.

Tehran’s techpreneurs say one of the few benefits of sanctions are the almost limit-less opportunities to localize popular Western sites, like YouTube and PayPal.
Women dominate the hard sciences at Iranian universities, studying subjects like engineering, math and chemistry. And, women are involved in Tehran’s tech sector, but Daneshvar says the real problem is getting the older segments of society to take web businesses seriously.

Shifting traditional mindsets and uptake is a slow process, but with a compelling sales pitch, Daneshvar and her sales…

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Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of awarded Iranian painter Sirak Melkonian

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Iranian painter Sirak Melkonian Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of painter Sirak Melkonian in a joint project. A collection of paintings created over the past 70 years by the 85-year-old artist…

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Keyhan Kalhor: Iranian music maestro and former Grammy awards nominee to perform in the US and Canada

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Iranian musician and Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor along with Indian sitar maestro Shujaat Husain Khan is slated to perform in New York, Boston and Irvine

The duo is planning to present their program accompanied by Ghazal Ensemble in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University on March 22, 2015.

Ghazal (with Shujaat Hussein Khan and Sandeep Das) March 2015 events are:
13 Mar: Kay Meek Theater, Vancouver, Canada
15 Mar: Skirball Center, Los Anegeles, CA
17 Mar: Irvine Barclay Theater, Irvine, CA
19 Mar: Freer Gallery, Washington, DC
21 Mar: Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
22 Mar: Schimmel Center at Pace University, NY
25-28 Mar: Agha Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
29 Mar: Asia Society Texas Center, Houston, TX

Other Kayhan Kalhor early 2015 events (Europe, US):

Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor

Ghazal Ensemble, formed in 1997 by Kalhor and Husain Khan, has been touring the world and it is acclaimed for performing Indo-Persian…

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Interview with Iranian photojournalist Newsha Tavakolian: “Whenever I reach the end, I start from scratch”

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Newsha Tavakolian (photo by Arash Ashouriniya) Newsha Tavakolian, a self-taught photographer, says her success has no bearing on her gender. Newsha Tavakolian, an established photojournalist and art photographer, started her experimental career at 16.…

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Majid Derakhshani: Iranian composer and tar expert

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Iranian-tar-musician-Majid-Derakhshani-HRMajid Derakhshani (born 13/09/1957 in Sangesar, Iran) is an acclaimed Iranian musician and composer.

He was born into a family of artists from the Iranian province Semnan. During his studies of string instruments and composition at the University of Tehran, the legendary Mohammad Reza Lotfi became his teacher.

Subsequent to his emigration to Germany he founded the Nawa Musikzentrum in Cologne; the primary and most active center for Persian classical music outside of Iran. In Iran Majid Derakhshani is deemed to be amongst the best on his instrument – the tar. Hence he carries the venerable title Ostad, denoting him as a master of his instrument. His virtuosity has been celebrated worldwide in festivals, concerts, radio and television productions. He is now considered as the best tar player in the world. He has composed for myriads of international musicians, such as the greatly renowned Iranian singer Mohammad Reza Shajarian (Album…

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Iranian-American music conductor and composer Shahrdad Rohani directed orchestra in Tehran

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Acclaimed music conductor Shahrdad Rohani performed an orchestra for a big audience Friday night at Tehran’s Grand Hall of the Interior Ministry. Shahrdad Rohani, born May 27, 1954 in Tehran, Iran is an Iranian-American…

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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.

Film: “Parvaneh”
Director: Talkhon Hamzavi
Producer: Stefan Eichenberger (Zurich University of Arts)
Year of production: 2012
Stars: Brigitte Beyeler, Cheryl Graf, Nissa Kashani

Film Synopsis
Parvaneh is a young Afghan immigrant who recently arrived at a transit centre for asylum seek-ers in the Swiss Alps. The only things she has got to know yet are the rural area surrounding the centre and the centre itself. When she receives a phone call about her father’s bad health condition, she decides to send all her illegally acquired money to her family. Therefore, she must travel to Zurich. On arrival she is overwhelmed by the hectic of the city, the mass of advertisement and the noise of the streetcars. As she doesn’t own a valid passport, she is unable to make the money transfer on her own. In broken German, she asks various people to help her out. But the only one caring is a punk girl called Emily. This starts a series of unusual encounters, as she explores the unknown city and culture with Emily and leads into a new perspective and an unusual friendship.

Academy Awards History
These are the first Academy Award nominations for Talkhon Hamzavi and Stefan Eichenberger.

More information about director Talkhon Hamzavi:
Iranian director Talkhon Hamzavi has been shortlisted for the best Live Action Short Film at the 2015 Oscars

Payvand News of Iran
Parvaneh  Short Film – Live Action – Nominees – Oscars 2015

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Newsha Tavakolian: Iranian photojournalist and documentary photographer

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Newsha Tavakolian - Iranian photojournalistNewsha Tavakolian (born 1981 in Tehran) is an Iranian photojournalist and documentary photographer. She has worked for Time Magazine, The New York Times, Le Figaro, and National Geographic. She is particularly known for focusing on women’s issues in her work, and has been a member of the Rawiya women’s photography collective, she co-established in 2011. She lives and works in Tehran.

Born and brought up in Tehran, Tavakolian is a self-taught photographer. She began working professionally in the Iranian press at age of 16, at women’s daily newspaper ‘Zan’, after a 6-month photography course. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, using her Minolta with 50mm lens, her photographs were published in several publications.

She got her international break in 2001 at age 21, when she met J.P. Pappis, founder Polaris Images, New York at photography festival in Perpignan, France…

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Sussan Deyhim Performance at UCLA: The House is Black, on January 23 in Royce Hall Los Angles, USA

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Sussan Deyhim, performance artist/vocalist and composer presents her latest work, inspired by the life and poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad, one of Iran’s most influential feminist poets and filmmakers of the 20th Century.

“For me, the most inspiring aspect of this project is the opportunity to introduce the great work and sensibility of an Iranian female icon to the international community. Many Iranian intellectuals consider Forough a cultural godmother of modernist literature in Iran, but she died so young (at the age of 32) that I also think of her as our cultural daughter. A rebel with a cause, Forough spoke with awe-inspiring rawness and maturity. She was an existentialist, feminist provocateur. She was Iran’s Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo, Maya Deren and Patti Smith all rolled into one. Her work has given me the inspiration to continue my own artistic journey during my 30 years in exile from…

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Photo gallery + Video: Rastak – Iranian Band plays in Gorgan

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Here you can enjoy them in action: Rastak a new ensemble for contemporary Persian folk music was formed as an experimental music group in 1997. The group seeks to collect, record and interpret…

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Iranian novelist Zoya Pirzad receives France’s Chevalier of Legion of Honor

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Zoya Pirzad

Zoya Pirzad (born 1952 in Abadan), an Iranian author who is known for her novels “Things We Left Unsaid” and “We Will Get Used to It” which have been reprinted several times already, has received France’s Chevalier of Legion of Honor.

The Acrid Taste of Persimmon”, “One Day till Easter” and “Like Every Evening” are among Pirzad’s novels which have been bundled together under the title of “Three Books”.

The Iranian novelist has also translated “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and a collection of haikus.

Her books are among Persian literary works which have been rendered into different languages, including French.


  • Things We Left Unsaid (Cheragh-ha ra man khamush mikonam), tr. Franklin Lewis, London: Oneworld, 2012.
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Jewish Lexicographer Soleiman Hayyim commemorated in Tehran, Iran

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The Persian literary monthly Bokhara paid tribute to Iranian Jewish lexicographer and translator, Soleiman Hayyim (1887-1970) at the Mahmud Afshar Foundation on Sunday.

A number of literati including Managing Director of Bokhara Ali Dehbashi, the director of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel, and Department of Islamic Sciences of the Academy of Sciences of Iran Director Mostafa Mohaqqeq-Damad attended the ceremony, the Persian service of MNA reported on Monday.

Hayyim had studied at an American college and his English was good so he worked as a translator in the then ministry of finance, Dehbashi said.

It was during those years he felt a great need for an English-Persian bilingual dictionary, upon which he usually spent 8 hours a day, he added.

Iranian Scholars hold copies of the Hayyim Persian-Hebrew Dictionary compiled by Soleiman Hayyim

“Hayyim was expert in finding Persian synonyms for English words and phrases, and…

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Farzan Ashour Zadeh Fallah aka “Tsunami” – the Iranian highscholer who won the World Taekwondo Grandprix 2014 in Mexico

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In the final bout of the men’s -58kg category on Dec. 3, 2014 in an event that is considered the pinnacle of elite taekwondo, the gold medal was won by an Iranian who can boast skill and talent in spades – but is a mere lad who is not only still at high school, but as a 4th poom, does not even hold a black belt.

Despite his soaring ambition and remarkable talent, off the mats “The Tsunami” is menacing neither to look at nor to listen to: The laid-back teenager is tall and gangly, softly spoken and polite.

With regards to his personal training, he takes two rest days a week. His conditioning focuses on bodybuilding for strength (his tall, thin frame looks deceptively fragile); plyometrics for explosiveness; and of course running: long distance for overall endurance and sprint work in the run-up to competitions.

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Iranian actress Merila Zarei wins award at the 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia

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Vocalist Hengameh Akhavan gives a concert in Tehran on December 26

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Iranian vocalist Hengameh Akhavan will give a concert at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on December 26.
Tar player Azadeh Amiri, kamancheh players Shima Bolukifar and Nasim Arbabi, tonbak player Nazanin Pedarsani, and oud player Marjan Ravandi will accompany her during the Performance.

Hengameh Akhavan was born in Fuman, Gilan, Iran in 1955. She started singing at the age of ten. Her father taught her “Avaz-e Dashti” (One of the modes in Iranian modal system of music). She and her brother were part of their school singing group.


After finishing the elementary School she went to Tehran to visit her sister and her sister’s family. During her stay she was encouraged by her sister and her brother-in-law to stay in Tehran to continue her musical training and studies. […] For about ten years (1972-1982) she was the student of Ostad Adib-Khansari.


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Bahram Beyzaie: Iranian Film Director, Playwright and Researcher

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Bahram BeyzaieBahram Beyzaie was born in Tehran, Iran on Dec 26 1938. He is an Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher.

Beyzaie is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes other pioneering directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, and Parviz Kimiavi. The filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialog, references to traditional Persian art and culture and allegorical story-telling often dealing with political and philosophical issues.

After beginning Persian literature at Tehran University, Bahram Beyzaie turned to Visual Arts. Here he studied the Book of Kings (Shahname), the Shiite passion plays (Ta’zieh) , the traditional Persian Theatre including the puppet theatre, the pre-Islamic culture and Persian miniature painting. All of this combined with his interest in the far Eastern theatre helped…

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Iranian director Talkhon Hamzavi has been shortlisted for the best Live Action Short Film at the 2015 Oscars

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Talkhon Hamzavi was born in 1979 in Teheran, Iran. She has Swiss and Iranian citizenship. Since 1986 she lives in Switzerland. In 2003 Talkhon attends the visual arts preparatory course in Aarau. From 2006 to 2010 she attended the ZHdK (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste) with a BA in Film. In 2012 she finished with a MA in film from that same art school.

Her 25-minute short film Parvaneh is one of the 10 motion pictures selected from 141 qualified short films for the best Live Action Short Film at the 87th Academy Awards. Based on the regulations, three to five movies will ultimately be opted as the major finalists at the upcoming Oscars. Nominees in all 24 categories will be announced on Jan 15 2015 and the Oscars Ceremony will be held on Feb 22 2015.

Parvaneh narrates the story of an Afghan girl who has entered a refugee camp in Switzerland, but when she comes to know about her father’s poor health condition in Afghanistan, she decides to send the whole money she had illegally earned in the foreign land to her family. She is forced to go to the city of Zurich, but due to not possessing a valid passport, she finds herself unable to follow her initial aim. Meanwhile, she meets a girl named Emily, and the rest of the story is determined by their friendship.

Hamzavi, who is currently living in Switzerland, has produced her film in German language. She had formerly participated in various foreign film festivals with Parvaneh, and in 2013, won the silver medal for the best foreign film at Student Academy Awards. Her film was forwarded to the Oscars from the country of her residence.

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Iranian Lili Golestan received France’s Order of Academic Palms

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French Order of Academic Palms awarded to Lili Golestan
Source: Tehran TimesIranian translator Lili Golestan, who is also the curator of Tehran’s Golestan Gallery, received France’s Order of Academic Palms during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in the Iranian capital on Monday November 17, 2014.

Iranian translator and artist Lili Golestan (R) with the French Ambassador Bruno Foucher.
(photo by Shargh daily)

French Ambassador Bruno Foucher delivered a short speech before honoring Golestan with the order, which is awarded by the French Minister of Education to those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture, Honaronline reported on Tuesday.

“In the animated and rich cultural atmosphere of Tehran, in which you can find no day without an event, Golestan Gallery has a special place,” Foucher stated.

He also praised Golestan for the efforts she made to…

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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Female Shot-Putter Leila Rajabi wins Silver Medal

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The Iranian athlete won the silver medal with a throw of 17.80 meters at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

“I am so happy because of winning the silver medal. My rival (Gong Lijiao) who won the gold medal is a world champion,” Rajabi said.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

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An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women’s kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

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Mitra Farahani: Awarded Iranian film maker

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Mitra Farahani

Mitra Farahani’s biography:
She was born in Tehran in 1975 and studied painting and drawing with various Iranian masters of pictorial art, notably with Gholam Hossein Nami. After receiving a degree in graphic art at the Azad University in Tehran, she moved to Paris and took up residence in the Cite Internationale des Arts.

In 2001, she began a course of video studies at the Ecole Natioanale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs, where she made her first documentary entitled “Just a Woman”. The film was chosen for Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the Teddy Awards Special Jury Prize.

Her documentary “Zohre and Manouchehr” (Taboos) was presented at the Berlin Film Festival of 2004 and was later shown in cinemas in France and Canada.

In 2005 she made the documentary “Behjat Sadr: Suspended Time”, a portrait of one of the pioneers of abstract expressionist painting in Iran. In 2009, as part…

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Iran hosts retrospective on Christian Iranian composer Loris Tjeknavorian’s music arts

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A number of Iran’s leading music artists and cineastes attended the opening gala held on Oct. 9.
Tjeknavorian was also honored with the lifetime achievement award during the gala.

Tjeknavorian has made nearly 100 recordings and written more than 75 compositions, including symphonies, operas, requiems, chamber music, ballet music, concertos, choral works and an oratorio.

He has conducted international orchestras throughout the world in numerous countries including Austria, the UK, the US, Canada, Hungary, Finland, the former USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark.
The literary opera, Rostam and Sohrab and the requiem Departed and the Survived are among his best-known works.

Tjeknavorian has received numerous international awards such as Austria’s Cross of Honor for Science and Art First Class.

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Kambiz Derambakhsh – Graphic Designer-Cartoonist-Illustrator

Iranian Cartonist Kambiz Derambakhsh

Iranian Cartonist Kambiz Derambakhsh

Graphic Designer-Cartoonist-Illustrator Kambiz Derambakhsh

Date of birth: 1942
Place of birth: Shiraz, Iran

Education: Graduated from Tehran Academy of Fine Arts

Press activities: 55 years of continuous cooperation with well-known local and international newspapers and magazines

Exhibitions: 50 individual exhibitions inside and outside Iran and tens of collective exhibitions inside and outside Iran

International prizes and honours: Winner of First Prizes at the greatest and most accredited international caricature competitions in Japan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Turkey, Brazil and Yugoslavia; winner of several other international prizes

• Guest judge at several international caricature exhibitions
• Honorary member of Iranian Association of Graphic Designers
• Honorary member of Iranian Association of Visual Arts
• Member of Iranian Association of Veteran Artists
• Member of Iranian Guild Association of Journalists
• Received First-class Art Medal and Badge (equivalent in value to a Ph D) from Iranian Association for Development of Visual Arts
• Admitted to, and the person in charge of safe keeping at, the world’s accredited museums including Tehran Contemporary Arts Museum, Academy of Arts, Saba House, National Library, Man Honar No Museum, Iranian Syndicate of Graphic Designers, Avignon Museum in Paris, Basel Caricature Museum in Switzerland, Gabrovo Caricature Museum in Bulgaria, Hiroshima Museum in Japan, Anti-war Museum in Yugoslavia, Istanbul Caricature Museum in Turkey, Warsaw Caricature Museum in Poland, Frankfurt Municipality Hall in Germany and ….
• Author of several books on illustration and caricature, among them: “No Comments” (Iran), “Contemporary Satirists in Iran” (Austria), “Kambiz’ Book” (Italy), “The World is My Home” (France), “Diaries of Angels”, “Don’t Bother the Labouring Ant”, “Had da Vinci Seen Me”, “Laughing Olympics”, “Scratch Symphony” and several other books which are to be published
• Teaching records as Professor of Caricature at University of Tehran
• Activities and works in field of advertising (book covers design, illustration of children’s books, posters, short films, post cards, calendars and ….)
• Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2014

Kambiz Derambakhsh by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur on Derambakhsh's birthday in June 2012

Kambiz Derambakhsh by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur on Derambakhsh’s birthday in June 2012

More about Kambiz Derambakhsh on May 2008 in
Kambiz Derambakhsh – A Peace Loving and Poetical Cartoonist by Syma Sayyah, Tehran

Some of his works:

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Sources: Facebook | Kambiz Derambakhsh – Info, Facebook | Kambiz Derambakhsh – Photo Albums

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