Friday , 24 September 2021

Culture

Playwrights and Directors Protest Absurd and Inhumane Censorship

Iranwire – Censorship became a fact of life for art and culture in Iran with the 1979 Islamic Revolution and many artists and writers were sacrificed to the repression of the freedom of expression. Many were forced to leave Iran – those who were forced to stay were also forced to censor themselves to support the new Islamic Republic’s ideology. Censorship …

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Weekly Review of Censorship: Filmmakers who Criticized China Deal Threatened with Blacklisting

Iranwire – Eighteen Iranian filmmakers who criticized the recent 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China have been told to withdraw their signatures or face blacklisting. On April 4, the 18 industry figures had published an open letter condemning the deal, stating that it was against the national interest and the contents were being “kept hidden from the Iranian people”. …

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How different countries celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year

nationalgeographic – The UN has marked 21 March as International Nowruz Day — a celebration of spring and the connection between humans and nature. Here, we look at the similarities between, and peculiarities across, the nations that commemorate this ancient rite. BY FARIDA ZEYNALOVAPUBLISHED 18 MAR 2021, 08:06 GMT Although ‘Novruz’ was stifled in Azerbaijan under the Soviet regime, families continued to celebrate …

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Astronomical Prices of Fruit and Nuts Darken the Nowruz Mood

Iranwire – Sweets and nuts are always among the most popular items on the table at Nowruz, Iranian New Year. But this year, skyrocketing prices have meant few Iranians have been able to buy enough. Three days before the dawn of the Persian calendar year 1400, our citizen journalist visited the markets of central Tehran to find out more. *** …

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“Art for Change” Prints by Shirin Neshat, Kour Pour, Arghavan Khosrav to Benefit Center for Human Rights in Iran

CHRI — Proceeds from museum-quality, collectible prints by three renowned Iranian-American artists will benefit the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in the inaugural “Changemaker” series by the sponsor, Art for Change. “We’re honored to be chosen for this inspiring initiative by exceptional artists,” said CHRI Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. “Art for Change’s dual mission of supporting great causes and …

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UNESCO celebrates 1,750th anniversary of Iran’s Gundi-Shapur University

PayvandNews – UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azulay has expressed delight over the 1,750th anniversary of the University of Gundi-Shapur, which has long been a major forum for science. “Since its creation, this university, the intellectual capital of the Sassanid Empire, has been a major center for producing knowledge, a truly universal forum for science. It is this idea that we celebrate today,” …

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As Iran enters a new century, many old challenges remain

atlanticcouncil.org – For Iranians, the upcoming spring solstice marks not just a new year, Nowruz, but also the beginning of a new century on their calendar—the year 1400. Despite significant advances in education, modernization, territorial cohesiveness, and purported regional influence, many of Iran’s old trials and tribulations remain. These include dysfunctional politics and gridlock and economic insecurity and inequality for a …

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Jafar Panahi Recalls Jail Time in Iran While Supporting Imprisoned Human Rights Activist — Exclusive

indiewire.com – Jafar Panahi, the Iranian filmmaker behind 2015’s “Taxi,” recorded a message in support of imprisoned human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh. Jafar Panahi, the outspoken Iranian filmmaker behind 2015’s acclaimed “Taxi,” has recorded an International Women’s Day message in support of imprisoned lawyer and human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. IndieWire is exclusively premiering Panahi’s message to Sotoudeh, which can be …

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My Screen Life: Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof on living under house arrest

screendaily.com – A member of the Competition jury for the online Berlinale, the Iranian filmmaker discusses his ”difficult and very specific” situation, connecting to nature, and the influence of Loach, Haneke and Herzog. SOURCE: COSMOPOL FILM / BERLINALE MOHAMMAD RASOULOF Iranian producer and director Mohammad Rasoulof won the Golden Bear last year for There Is No Evil at the Berlinale. Not that he …

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