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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Iranian Gangster Movie Starring Parviz Sayyad Gets L.A. Premiere

By Fred ParvanehAn Iranian gangster movie co-starring the veteran Iranian actor Parviz Sayyad had its red-carpet L.A. premiere earlier this month, with Sayyad and...

Shah’s Dentist Turns Car Manufacturer in Movie ‘Price for Freedom’

By Fred ParvanehThe movie "Price for Freedom" – based on a true story published by the Iranian-born dentist Dr. Marc Benhuri – had its...

Hollywood Filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour Discusses Her New Movie, Iranian Roots

By Laura van StraatenHours before opening weekend for her much-anticipated movie “The Bad Batch,” the Iranian-American screenwriter and director Ana Lily Amirpour sat down for...
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Iranian-Australian Actor Mojean Aria Wins Heath Ledger Award

By Fred ParvanehIn early June, the young Iranian-Australian actor Mojean (pronounced Moe-zhan) Aria was announced as the recipient of the 2017 "Heath Ledger Scholarship".The...

Iranian-Born Actor Arsi Nami Stars in Award-Winning Short Film

 By Julie Ershadi Abbas Kiarostami isn’t the only Iranian who received praise in Cannes this year. Arsalan (Arsi) Nami, an Iranian-born artist, music therapist, and...

Cannes Film Festival Remembers Kiarostami, Screens His Last Movie

Abbas Kiarostami, the celebrated Iranian filmmaker who passed away in July 2016, was a Cannes Film Festival regular. Not only did he win the...
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Afghan Rockers Meet Metallica In Award-Winning Iranian Movie

By Fred Parvaneh"Radio Dreams," the award-winning film by Babak Jalali, had its LA premiere on May 7. Produced by Marjaneh Moghimi, the movie is...

Rave Parties in the Iranian Desert Are Subject of New Documentary

By Julie Ershadi
In the Iranian poetic tradition, the desert is the symbol of a soul-searching spiritual journey, or a refuge from the eyes of the world. In Raving Iran, filmmaker Susanne Regina Meures’ 2016 documentary, the desert is the hiding place for a pair of modern revelers keen to express themselves away from the government’s reach.
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Iranian Revolution Video Game Takes History to a Global Audience

By Julie Ershadi
For many Iranian emigres, the Islamic Revolution of 1979 is an event that they would rather put behind them. The memories can be much too painful. Yet for Navid Khonsari, who was born in Canada and raised in Iran until the Revolution, the only way out of the trauma is to work through it.

Another Oscar for Iran and Asghar Farhadi, the Director who Refused to Attend this...

Though he boycotted Hollywood's annual Awards Ceremony, Tehran-based film director Asghar Farhadi has repeated history, clinching a second Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for...