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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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SF Common Wealth Club Event: The Shah, the Ayatollah and Iran's nuclear program, Double-talk or Double-standards?

Abbas MilaniJanuary 19 2011

The Commonwealth Club will be hosting Abbas Milani in San Francisco.

Abbas Milani, Co-Director of the Iran Democracy Project and author of The Shah, will reveal the complex and sweeping road that has brought the U.S. and Iran to where they are today.

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Photos: The Play Hedda Gabler in Tehran’s City Hall Theatre – stopped for moral review

Hedda-Gabler-play -Tehran-031-iHedda Gabler is a play first published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The play premiered in 1891 in Germany to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama.

Hedda Gabler was translated to Persian and directed by Vahid Rahbani.

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Photos: First Snow in Tehran and Mount Tochal

tehran-snow-14-iMount Tochal is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran.

The mountain has a 12 km long ridgeline. The highest peak, also called Mount Tochal, is at an elevation of 3,964 m (13,005 feet).

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Mir Hossein Mousavi's abstract paintings

Hossein-Mousavi-abstract-paintings-01-iMir-Hossein Mousavi Khameneh (born March 1942), was the last Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989, and later he developed his passion for painting and writing poetry.

Mousavi served as the president of the Iranian Academy of Arts until 2009 when conservative authorities removed him due to his 2009 election candidacy and protest.

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Art Gallery: Passion for Perfection, Islamic art from the Khalili Collections in Amsterdam

Passion-for-Perfection-Islamic-art-000-War-Mask-Anatolia-or-Western-Iran-15th century-iDe Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) in Amsterdam will present highlights from one of the world’s most renowned collections of Islamic art.

Passion for Perfection will include some 500 objects from the collection of Professor Nasser D. Khalili. From 11 December 2010 to 17 April 2011, De Nieuwe Kerk will glitter with richly illuminated Qur’ans and manuscripts, paintings, gold, jewels, textiles, ceramics, glassware, lacquerware, metalwork, and wood carvings.

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Photos: Ali-Reza Pahlavi 1966-2011

Ali-reza-Pahlavi-02-iAlireza Pahlavi, 44, the youngest son of the former Shah of Iran, died Tuesday morning Jan. 4 2011 at his home in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ali-Reza Pahlavi was born on 28 April 1966. He lived in the U.S. where he received a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University, and studied at Harvard University as a Ph.D. student in ancient Iranian studies and philology.
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Photos: New Year 2011 at the Vank Christian Church in Isfahan - Iran

Vank_Cathedral_Armenian_Quarter_Esfahan_Iran-433-iThe Vank Cathedral was one of the first churches to be established in Isfahan by Armenian immigrants settled by Shah Abbas I after the Ottoman War of 1603-05.

Church construction is believed to have begun in 1606, and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David.

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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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Ashoura mud-rubbing Ritual in Bijar, Kurdistan Province of Iran

Ashoura-mud-rubbing-Ritual- Bijar,-Kurdistan-iran-0-iAshoura is a period of intense grief and mourning. The word ashura simply means tenth in Arabic language, the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar.

It is commemorated by Shia Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (October 2, 680 CE).

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Photos: Ali Davari's sculptures from old car parts

Ali-Davari-sculptures-3-iAli Davari was born in Tehran in 1957 and is a retired technician from Iranian Airlines (Homa).

Saba Art and Cultural Institute exhibitioned his metal sculptures in the form of birds and humans. Davari also participated in the beautification of Tehran sculpture symposium in Barg Gallery.

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Tehran: Plant for the Planet

PLANT-LOGO4Plant for the Planet is a worldwide tree-planting project initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme in 2006.

Individuals, communities, businesses, organizations and governments are encouraged to participate in a global campaign advocating the planting of trees that are appropriate to the local environment.

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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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Payvand's top 10 popular books for 2010

Growing Up Global - Raising Children to Be At Home in the World- i

Payvand.com organizes hundreds of titles in more than 40 categories in its Iranbooks section.

Here is a list of top 10 sellers in 2010, reflecting our state of mind.

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Payvand's top 10 News stories of 2010

Fatima-Islamic-doll-Iran-iWith millions of article impressions on Payvand.com every year, here are the top 10 news stories most viewed, in case you missed them.

These are a relfection of what went viral and captured our attention the most in 2010.

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Payvand's Top 10 Flickr Photos of 2010

3- White flower - Bahman Farzad-iFlickr is one of the best online photo management and sharing applications on the net. This year we have looked over hundreds of photos and here are our top ten photographs posted on Flickr in 2010. It will be fun to see what has attracted viewers in 2010.

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