Thursday , 21 October 2021


Iranian Instrument maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh picked as Living Human Treasure

PayvandNews – The South Khorasan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (SKCHTHD) has selected dotar maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh as a Living Human Treasure. The 58-year-old master, who lives in Ferdows, South Khorasan Province, has also skills in crafting a kind of reed flute, which is used in the folk music of Khorasan. Zolfaqar Beitaneh performing(undated photo) “Zolfaqar Beitaneh is the …

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Award-Winning Iran Filmmaker Summoned To Prison For Films

AP – An Iranian filmmaker who just won the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear has been summoned to serve a one-year prison sentence over his movies, his lawyer said Wednesday. Mohammad Rasoulof’s sentence came from three films he made that authorities found to be “propaganda against the system,” his lawyer Nasser Zarafshan told The Associated Press. Rasoulof’s sentence also included …

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The annual celebration of international Sufi day

ShabtabtNews – For the past eleven years  the 22nd February (3rd of Esfand in the Iranian calendar) has been celebrated as the international Sufi day . This year the international Sufi day was celebrated by the soveida ensemble through holding a special concert in the heart of London in the honour of this day . In this concert the soveida …

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Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Makes Movies in Europe, Trumpets Islamic Republic’s Narrative

Radiofarda – Several movies screened at the Fajr Film Festival that marked the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran are found to have been funded by the Islamic Republic’s notorious Intelligence Organizations, Radio Farda’s investigation has found. In one of the latest cases of Iranian intelligence organization’s increasing activities in the area of film production, the Intelligence Ministry …

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German-Afghan, Russian, Iranian Filmmakers To Compete At Berlin Festival

RFL/RE – Eighteen movies are set to compete for the top prize next week as the Berlin Film Festival celebrates its 70th anniversary. One of the most highly anticipated films for the Golden Bear award for the competition – which runs February 20-March 1 — is German-Afghan director Burhan Qurbani’s Berlin Alexanderplatz, which transforms Alfred Doeblin’s 1929 German classic into …

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Winner of the Farhang Foundation’s 2020 Nowruz Banner Design Competition: Setareh Feylizadeh

PayvandNews – Farhang Foundation announces the winner of the 2020 Nowruz Banner Design Competition and the musical artist selected for the headlining Royce Hall concert as part of Farhang’s 12th Annual Celebration of Nowruz at UCLA! Farhang Foundation’s 2020 Winning Nowruz Banner Design by Setareh Feylizadeh LOS ANGELES, January 21, 2020 – With great anticipation, Farhang Foundation is preparing for its …

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Burning Medical Book By Advocate of ‘Islamic Medicine’ Causes Outrage In Iran

radiofarda – In a statement on Saturday, the Management Center of Iranian Seminaries condemned a cleric who was shown in a video burning Harrison’s Manual of Medicine claiming that “Islamic medicine” has made such books “irrelevant”. The video of the book-burning went viral on Thursday and many outraged social media users strongly reacted to it. Since then several prominent clerics, …

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Iran’s top cultural event jeopardized by artist boycotts

Al-Monitor – Confronting a boycott by Iranian artists, the Fajr International Film Festival announced the cancellation of its opening ceremony, originally scheduled for Feb. 1. In a statement released Jan. 15, festival organizers cited the “public atmosphere of the community” in sympathy with the grieving families of those killed in Iran’s accidental downing of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 on Jan. 8.  The cancellation marks a rare occurrence, as the festival’s traditional opening in February …

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