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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Iranian Directors In the Spotlight at London Film Festival

A documentary shot by an Iranian asylum seeker in a detention camp was among several Iranian films screened at this year's London Film Festival,...

Halloween with a Persian Twist

By Fred Parvaneh Halloween is a quintessentially American celebration – yet one that countless Iranians around the globe happily partake in. Halloween relives the ancient Celtic...

Shirin Neshat Talks About Her Latest Film: A Tribute to Oum Kulthum

By Ahmad Rafat Shirin Neshat – the Iranian visual artist and filmmaker who won the Silver Lion award for best director at the 2009 Venice...

Iranian Films Win Awards At Venice Film Festival

By Ahmad Rafat Iranian filmmakers and actors won three awards in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section of the Venice Film Festival earlier this month. The section...
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The Shah’s Dying Days: Interview with Filmmaker Bobak Kalhor

By Fred Parvaneh "A Dying King” is a documentary by first-time filmmaker Bobak Kalhor that examines the untold medical story of the late Shah of...

Venice Film Festival Hosts Filmmakers Shirin Neshat, Khatami

Four Iranian directors are presenting their movies at this year's Venice Film Festival (which ends Sept. 9), all of them outside of the official...

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

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