Sunday , 26 June 2022

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Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian arrested for working with women

BBC – Iranian musician Mehdi Rajabian says he is facing trial for working with female singers and dancers. The 30-year-old, who has already been imprisoned twice on charges relating to his music, says he was arrested two weeks ago over his latest project. The album, which is not yet complete, is due to include female vocalists – who are effectively …

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‘Sun Children’ First Trailer: Majid Majidi’s Venice Competition Drama Charts Child Labor In Iran

deadline.com – Here’s the promising first trailer for Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s Venice competition drama Sun Children, which we’ve heard good things about going into the festival. The film tells the story of 12-year-old Ali and his three friends. Together, they work hard to survive and support their families, doing small jobs in a garage and committing petty crimes to make …

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Loris Tjeknavorian wins Books for Peace Awards 2020

armradio.com – Iranian Armenian composer Loris Tjeknavorian, 82, has been selected as the winner of the Books for Peace Awards 2020, Tehran Times reports. He had first received the nomination in May from Iran’s Art for Peace Festival, which had nominated him for the 2019 edition of the awards. The winners will be honored during a special ceremony on September 12 in …

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Iran Threatens Musician With Jail for Encouraging Women to Sing, Dance

newsweek.com – Iranian composer Mehdi Rajabian lives with the constant threat of prison hanging over his head. The 30 year old has already been jailed once for his work, but on Tuesday he was taken to court and arrested again over his latest project: an album featuring music from across the Middle East. The album includes songs by female singers and …

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Expanding the horizons of the kamancheh

en.qantara.de – German-Iranian Misagh Joolaee was recently recognised for widening the scope of playing the Persian spiked fiddle with the German Record Critics’ Award. Mariam Brehmer listened to his new album The kamancheh, also known as the Persian spiked fiddle, is a mainstay in Iranian art music and has been popularised on the international stage by the virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. This delicate bowed …

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‘Sunless Shadows’ Review: A Harsh Look at Iranian Women in Prison

nytimes.com – Mehrdad Oskouei’s latest documentary, “Sunless Shadows,” is a startling, raw confrontation with Iran’s patriarchy. A poignant follow-up to his 2016 “Starless Dreams,” about teenage girls in a Tehran juvenile detention center, the new movie focuses on a group of adolescent girls and older women imprisoned for murdering male relatives. (Both documentaries are part of a virtual Oskouei retrospective at the …

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Iran Reverses Decision to Give Public Lands To Religious Endowment Following Uproar

Radiofarda – Public uproar over news that vast lands around Damavand Mountain, a national symbol was handed over to a religious endowment has forced the state to reverse its decision and return the land to government ownership. Hamshahri newspaper in Tehran reported on Sunday, July 26, that an official title deed had been issued to Iran’s Endowment and Charity Organization …

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Court Donates Part of Iran’s Highest Mountain To A Religious Organization

Radiofarda – In an odd and unprecedented ruling Iran’s Supreme Court has handed over the ownership of part of the country’s highest mountain, Mount Damavand, to an organization that operates under the direct supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Hamshahri newspaper in Tehran reported on Sunday July 26 that an official title deed has been issued to Iran’s Endowments Organization …

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