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PBS: THE IRANIAN AMERICANS premieres December 18, 2012

pbs1THE IRANIAN AMERICANS chronicles the underreported history of a group of immigrants finding refuge, overcoming adversity and ultimately creating new lives in the United States. Even though Iran is in the news virtually every day, many Americans have little knowledge of the story of the hundreds of thousands of Iranians who live in the U.S. The special is presented by the network’s flagship station in Greater Los Angeles and Southern California, PBS SoCaL.

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Iranian movie “A Separation” wins best foreign language Oscar

oscar-2012-iran-i “A Separation” is the first Iranian movie to get the honour. The film, directed by Asghar Farhadi, is about a married couple faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimers.

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Payvand's top 20 News stories of 2011

My-Tehran-for-Sale--movie-poster-iWith millions of article impressions and thousands of articles on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 20 news stories most viewed, in case you missed any.

These viral articles are a reflection of what captured our attention the most in 2011.

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Documentary: Sex Scandals in Religion

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Respected documentary producers Cogent/Benger Production produced the VisonTV documentary series, Sex Scandals In Religion. The series looks at alleged sexual abuses committed in various world religions – Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity.

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Go Animal-Free for Animal Freedom Day, July 23rd, 24th 2011

Animal-Freedom-day-2011Animal Freedom Day is engaging people from around the world, once again, in a gradual transformation to a healthier lifestyle. With the help of many celebrities and politicians, 19 year old Nadia Masoudi is about to change the world into a bountiful earth by using her method of one year, one day, and one life at a time.

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PARSA CF Awards $370,000 to Museums and Institutions for Preserving and Advancing Persian Arts

PARSA-logo-iAs a part of its Mehrgan 2010 Grant Cycle and its steadfast commitment to preserving and promoting Persian arts and culture, PARSA Community Foundation is pleased to announce four grants to major museums and institutions to further expand and grow their stellar programs.

 

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2011 Sundance Film Festival Presents Circumstance by Maryam Keshavarz

Circumstance-iJan 22-29 2011 Salt Lake City
Categories: U.S. Dramatic Competition

Synopsis – A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager’s growing sexual rebellion and her brother’s dangerous obsession.

Maryam Keshavarz (born in New York, United States) is an Iranian-American filmmaker.

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Boston Museum of Fine Arts Festival of Films from Iran

museum of the fine arts bostonSupported by the ILEX Foundation, the annual event has become one of the most extensive showcases of contemporary Iranian cinema in the United States.

The Festival begins on January 14 with Frontier Blues. Featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors, the film weaves four men’s stories, each set in Iran’s multi-ethic region of Turkmenistan. Other highlights include: Please Do Not Disturb, All Restrictions End, There are Things You Don’t Know, Salve, and finally The White Meadows on January 29.

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United Kingdom - Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2011

Edinburgh-Iranian-Festival-2011Jan. 28 – Feb 6 2011

EIF aims to raise awareness of Iranian culture and helps to integrate it with other cultures in Scotland.  There are seven categories (arts, books, comedy, film, food, lectures, and music) with events taking place in venues across Edinburgh.

The festival is being organized by a dedicated team of volunteers.

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3rd Annual Iranian Film Festival - San Francisco: September 18-19, 2010

Iranian-Film-Festival-San-FranciscoAn annual event showcasing the independent feature and short films made by or about the Iranians from around the world.

Mrs. Khorvash will be present at the screening of “Prince Ehtejab” for her tribute and the Q & A, and during the festival to meet her fans.

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HBO Documentaries: For Neda

Neda-hbo-iFor Neda tells the personal story of Neda Agha-Soltan who became the iconic symbol of Iran’s 2009 post-election protests and struggle.

Written, directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Antony Thomas, For Neda is the story of Neda Agha-Soltan whose tragic death on June 20, 2009 came to symbolize for many the struggle in Iran.

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San Francisco - Robert Adanto's Pearls on the Ocean Floor to Screen

Bad-Girls-Bahar-Sabzevari-iSunday June 13   2pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Exploring issues of identity, gender and social restrictions, Robert Adanto’s Pearls on the Ocean Floor features interviews with some of the most important Iranian female artists living in and outside the Islamic Republic, including Shadi Ghadirian, Shirin Neshat, Malekeh Nayiny, and San Francisco- based artist Taravat Talepasand, who will be speaking about her artwork following the screening.

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Cannes Short Film online contest: FORBIDDEN TREE by Benafsheh Modaressi

FORBIDDEN-TREE-Benafsheh-ModaressiVote until Monday May 17 2010

The National Film Board of Canada, in association with the Cannes Short Film Corner and partner YouTube, welcomes you to this NFB competition, now in its fifth year, and you’re a member of the jury!

Animation work by Benafsheh Modaressi, talented Iranian artist, is now among the 10 finalists.

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Iranian films at 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival

White_Meadows-iApril 22 – May 6, 2010

Founded in 1957, the San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers.

This year there are three Iranian films participating in the festival; Nader Takmil Homayoun’s TEHROUN, Mohammad Rasoulof’s  THE WHITE MEADOWS, and  Babak Jalali’s FRONTIER BLUES.

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Prince of Persia – Rising from the Game to the Film

Prince-of-persia-the-sand-of-times-iBy Mitra Rahmatian
& Mahyar Rahmatian

A magical dagger that can turn back time…wouldn’t you like to own it?

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time was showcased at WonderCon 2010 in San Francisco. It is the latest epic action-adventure film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney Productions and is based on the very popular Prince of Persia game trilogy created by Jordan Mechner.

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