Wednesday , 25 May 2022

Culture

Moonlight, Iran’s The Salesman Win As Oscars End In Chaos

RFL/RE – The coming-of-age drama Moonlight upset La La Land to win the best-picture Oscar in one of the wildest finishes ever for the Academy Awards, while The Salesman, a film by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, won in the best foreign-language film category. http://www.rferl.org/5ae67b33-bf88-48c6-9188-b4ef4c259b9b The ceremony on February 26 was plunged into chaos when presenter Faye Dunaway incorrectly announced that …

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International Sufi Day

IOPHR – On Friday and Saturday 17 and 18th of February 2017, ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Sufi day were held in Hamburg and Hanover Germany. On Friday and Saturday 17 and 18th of February cultural ceremonies commemorating the anniversary of Sufi day were held in Hamburg and Hanover Germany. These popular gatherings brought together professors and scholars from distinguished …

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How Iran may have just won a second Oscar

Al-monitor – In a statement Jan. 29, Oscar-winning Iranian film director Asghar Farhadi announced that he will not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony later this month. The reason: US President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order to ban citizens of Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries. Farhadi’s announcement came as Iran was hosting its own Oscars, the 35th Fajr International Film Festival. AUTHOR Zahra Alipour …

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Yo-Yo Ma ensemble wins Grammy for ‘Sing Me Home’

PayvandNews – Cello virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma and his ensemble ‘Silk Road’ of which Iranian Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is also a member won the Grammy for Best World Music Album for ‘Sing Me Home‘ on Sunday. ‘Sing Me Home’ (watch videos) The 59th Annual Grammy Awards were held Sunday 12 February 2017 at the Staples Center in Los Angele during which top musical …

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Former lover of the poet known as Iran’s Sylvia Plath breaks his silence

Guardian – Fifty years after Forough Farrokhzad’s death, Ebrahim Golestan talks about his affair with the giant of Persian literature Forough Farrokhzad Forty miles south of London, in a quiet West Sussex village, lives a 94-year-old Iranian intellectual who has for half a century kept silent about his former lover, a giant of modern Persian literature who was killed in …

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Women’s World Chess Championship kicks off in Tehran

PayvandNews – FIDE Women’s World Chess Championship 2017 started in Tehran, capital of Iran, on Friday.  The competition will be held from February 10 to March 5. The knock-out tournament will have the participation of some of the world’s top players, including the former Women’s World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Anna Ushenina (Ukraine), Zhu Chen (Qatar) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), …

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PHOTOS: Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts at Tehran Museum

PayvandNews – The 9th edition of the Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts opened at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art on Sunday. The ceremony started with honoring those active in promoting the festival through the past year including news agencies, publications, and cultural offices. Mehr News Agency, which had an active role in covering the news of the festival, was also among …

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Iranian Director Nominated For Second Oscar Says He’s Not Been Censored

RFL/RE – Iran returned to the race for a prestigious Oscar award on January 24 with the psychological thriller The Salesman. The Farsi-language film is by director Asghar Farhadi, who in 2012 earned for Iran its first-ever Academy Award with A Separation. In The Salesman, an Iranian couple’s relationship is strained as they perform the American stage classic Death Of …

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Prominent Poet Charged With Spreading ‘Propaganda’ After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague

Iranhumanrights.org – Well-known Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has been charged with “propaganda against the state” following his arrest on December 2, 2016 at a memorial event in Tehran marking the 18th anniversary of the “chain murders” of dissidents, including writers, in the 1990s by agents of the Islamic Republic. An informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights …

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Iran regards tourism a fountain of wealth

PayvandNews – Iran regards tourism industry a source for generating wealth, and is seeking to make the best use of positive atmosphere created in the wake of the nuclear deal, known as JCPOA, signed in January 2016.   Iran needs to breathe fresh air into the sector in order to achieve sustainable growth and grasp boom in the number of …

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