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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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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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Cartoons: Iranian women in Metro by Elham Ataei Azar

Elham-Ataei-Azar-Poster-iElham Ataei Azar was born in 1984 in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran. She has earned her Masters in Physics. In this cartoon set, she is displaying 31 digitally created artworks about the different characters of women’s wagons in Tehran Metro.  Ataei Azar held an exhibition in early September in Tehran displaying this group of works as Men Do Not Enter.

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Woven colors of nature in exquisite Iranian clothes

woven-colours-natureA profusion of vibrant colours and patterns has always been one of the main features of traditional Iranian dress since ancient times. This characteristic is still evident in the traditional dresses of rural and tribal women, whereas in the polluted, built-up environment of towns and cities it has succumbed to dull, monotone colours.

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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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Exhibition: With The Passage Of Time

samira_alikhanzadeh_iAug. 8 to Oct. 15 2011
AB GALLERY Zurich

AB PROJECTS Zurich showcases Iranian artist Samira Alikhanzadeh. Old photographs and the play with colors and mirror fragments are characteristic of the series “With the Passage of Time”. The single mirror elements open the art work to its surrounding and create a dialogue between the observer and the work.

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Photos: Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, Me According to Others

suspension08-iThe successful Iranian photographer, Azadeh Akhlaghi, initially wanted to become a poet. She was perhaps inspired by her birthplace, Shiraz, whose name is synonymous with poetry and has produced some of the most revered poets of Iran.

 

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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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Art Gallery: Works of four young Iranian women titled Closed

Closed-Henna-Art-Gallery-6-iTehran – Henna Art Gallery
Dec 31 2010 – Jan 14 2011

Henna Art Gallery is pleased to present the Works of four Young Iranian women: Mina Anooshei, Mahsa Tehrani, Naeeme Naeemaee and Elham Sadeghi. Their paintings reflect their own personal lives while being deeply poetic and internal.

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Photos: Tehran's brothel district Shahr-e-No 1975-77 by Kaveh Golestan

Shahre_Tehran-i“I want to show you images that will be like a slap in your face to shatter your security. You can look away, turn off, hide your identity like murderers, but you can not stop the truth. No one can.” Kaveh Golestan (1950 – 2003)

Red Light district of Shahre-No demonstrates the realities of the plight of prostitutes under the Shah’s regime.

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Art Gallery: Beautiful Works of Maryam Javanbakht at Agora Gallery New York

Javanbakht-calligraphy-1-iJan. 11 – Feb 1 2011

Maryam Javanbakht works in the millennia-old style of traditional black and white Iranian calligraphy. Her hybrid practice involving watercolor, gauche, chalk and ink on paper, known as “Naghashi Khat” (painting-calligraphy) imbues classic Iranian poems like those of Molavi, Hafez, Khayyam and Baba Taher with a transatlantic contemporary flair.

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Fashion: Iranian-American, Keemia Ferasat Spring 2011 Collection

Keemia-Ferasat-iIn March 2005, KEEMIA showed the debut collection, ‘Love on the Loire’, during Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Her first collection of intricately designed pieces defined and set the pace for the now highly covetable KEEMIA signature aesthetic. The KEEMIA woman is feminine, at ease with herself, and chic.

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Graphs: Iran in UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic 2010

global-aids-2010-iThe Islamic Republic of Iran is believed to have the largest number of people who inject drugs in the region, and its HIV epidemic is centred mainly within this population group.

An estimated 14% of people who inject drugs countrywide were living with HIV in 2007.

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Photos: Iranian Women Athletes in Asian Games 2010

Iran-Kabaddi-team-iIranian women represented 25% of Iran’s 373 member national team for the Asian games and these woman Athletes won close to 25% of Iran’s medal count.

Iranian women received medals in Wushu, Shooting, Taekwondo, Kabaddi, Karate, and Rowing.

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Face of 5000 year old Iranian woman reconstructed

5000-year-iranian-womanRome’s National Museum of Oriental Art has displayed the reconstructed face of a female skeleton which was found in Iran’s Burnt City wearing an artificial eyeball.

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Pew Report: Is marriage becoming obsolete in the USA? Near 40% agree

MarriageThe Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families

Social institutions that have been around for thousands of years generally change slowly, when they change at all. But that’s not the way things have been playing out with marriage and family since the middle of the 20th Century.

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