Wednesday , 25 May 2022


Women to take center stage at Iran’s 35th Fajr Film Festival

PayvandNews – Iran is getting ready to host the 35th edition of its most prestigious cultural event in February, this time showcasing works by women filmmakers and films on women’s issues more than ever before. By Marjohn Sheikhi and Niusha Rouzban, Mehr News Agency Considered Iran’s largest film festival and one of the most prestigious cultural event in the country, Fajr …

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Exploring the Iranian outback

thestar –VENTURING off the usual rainforests and hiking trails for a change, we bring you a story about the canyons and unusual landscapes of Iran. Back in November and December, my travel partner Natasha and I travelled through Iran, and while the big names like Isfahan and Shiraz beckoned, our target was the island of Hormuz, off Bandar Abbas in …

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Footprints of Prehistoric Industry around Persian Gulf

PayvandNews – Objects unearthed in the historical site of Tom Maroon, in Hormuzgan Province on the Persian Gulf, indicate that the communities inhabiting the region during the Bronze Age were involved in industrial activities such as metalwork, glass-work and pottery. Persian Empire about 500 B.C. From The Historical Atlas by William R. Shepherd, 1923. (source: University of Texas Libraries) Research …

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Donya Fannizadeh, “mother” of Iran’s most popular puppet Kola-Qermezi, dies at 49

PayvandNews – Puppeteer Donya Fannizadeh who was mostly known for manipulating Kola-Qermezi, Iran’s most popular puppet character that features a playful boy, died on Wednesday at 49 after about ten years battling sarcoma. Donya Fannizadeh: Mother of Kola-Qermezi, Daughter of Parviz Source: 40Cheragh magazine The illness severely affected the muscles of her right hand so that she had to use …

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Berlin Calls off Exhibition Of Modern Art From Tehran Museum

RFL/RE – A major exhibition in Berlin of works from the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art has been scrapped because Iran hasn’t issued required permission for their export, the German capital’s museum authority announced on December 27. German organizers had hailed the exhibition as a “significant gesture of cultural diplomacy.” The show was supposed to feature works by Iranian modern …

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Iran resumes carpet exports to U.S. in post-sanctions era

Head of the Iranian National Carpet Center has announced the resumption of Iran’s hand-woven carpet export to the US during post-sanctions era. Hamid Karegar, speaking in a meeting with Qazvin Governor General Fereidoun Hemmati on Sunday, said that Iran resumed carpet exports to the US in the wake of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). file photo by Yunes …

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Will Iran’s next Oscar-winning film be in Spanish?

Al-monitor – Oscar-winning Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s latest project is a Spanish-language film set in rural Iberia and starring Spain’s most celebrated acting couple: Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The film, not yet titled, will be Farhadi’s second production outside his native Iran. In 2013, he wrote and directed “The Past,” a drama shot in France. It starred French-Argentine actress …

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Photos: Zoroastrians “Towers of Silence” in Yazd

PayvandNews – Amongst enigmatic tourist destinations in Iran are two Zoroastrian ‘Towers of Silence’ that are nested on top of two lonely, barren hilltops in southern outskirts of the city of Yazd, which has long been a center of Zoroastrianism in the country. In accordance with ancient Zoroastrian beliefs that accentuates on purity of the earth, dead bodies were not …

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Prehistoric Iranian toys or votive carts?

PayvandNews – These animal figurines mounted on little carriages are part of a valuable deposit that is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The relics were unearthed in Susa, southwestern Iran, in the early 20th. They are part of a valuable deposit found at Susa, near the temple of Inshushinak. The collection of objects consists in a wide …

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