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2011-06-08 15:10:00

Petitions Demand Lifting of Harsh Sentence Against Acclaimed Iranian Film Director Jafar Panahi NEW YORK, June 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of Amnesty International, Oscar-winning filmmaker Paul Haggis delivered a stack of 21,000 petition signatures into the hands of an officer of the Iran Mission to the United Nations on Wednesday, demanding the lifting of a harsh sentence against acclaimed Iranian film director Jafar Panahi. Haggis was part of an Amnesty International...

2011-01-13 12:28:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The situation in Iran has been one of violence and death ever since the foundation of the Islamic republic back in 1979. Now with better technology we can view censored images of the Islamic troops bombarding unchallenged through the Iranian peace activists, artists and students, teachers and all the people who think freely. According to international nongovernmental organizations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and just as...

2010-02-17 12:40:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ana Tzarev Gallery is hosting a groundbreaking exhibition of works from the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize, an international award celebrating the courage of artists who use their talents to promote social justice, build the foundations for open societies and inspire the human spirit. The artist Ana Tzarev is a member of the Freedom to Create Prize judging panel which consisted of internationally acclaimed artists, social consciousness awareness makers...

2008-10-07 21:00:26

The Iranian actress who plays Leonardo DiCaprio's love interest in "Body of Lies" said she may face charges back home for making the film without permission. The New York Daily News said Golshifteh Farahani, 25, is the first Iranian-based actress to appear in a Hollywood picture since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Iranian officials reportedly are investigating whether she violated Islamic law by making the movie. "I had a lot of problems because of this movie," Farahani told the...

2008-09-18 15:00:21

Text of report by state-run Iranian radio external service from Mashhad on 18 September With the arrival of Ramadan, Afghan TV networks are broadcasting seven Iranian serials. According to Iranian radio and TV, "She was an angel", "Joseph, the messenger" and "The forbidden fruit" and among the Iranian serials that are being broadcast by Afghan TV networks, among them, Rah-e Farda, Tolo TV, Shamshad TV, Tamadon TV and Lemar TV. Taking into account the religious atmosphere in the holy month...

2008-07-27 00:00:29

By Demetrios Matheou Film 2 Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame Hana Makhmalbaf 81 MINS, PG Paris Cedric Klapisch 130 MINS, 15 Lou Reed's Berlin Julian Schnabel 85 MINS, 12A The youngest of the Makhmalbaf clan of Iranian filmmakers, Hana Makhmalbaf has made her second feature before the age of 20; though Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame has an economy and control directors twice her age couldn't manage. Set in the Afghan town of Bamian, amid the rubble of the statues of Buddha blown up by...

2008-07-14 06:00:25

Text of report in English by Iranian official government news agency IRNA website Tehran, 14 July: Based on an agreement signed between Iran and Afghanistan, they will jointly produce five films. According to Youth Cinema Association, these films are to deal with the cultural concepts of the two Persian-speaking nations. The pact was signed by Iran's Youth Cinema Association and Afghanistan's Cinema Union on the sidelines of the Third International Festival on Short and Documentary...

2008-07-08 00:00:17

By Glenn Garvin MIAMI -- When Sebastian Perioche arrived at Harvard to start work on his MBA 12 years ago, he was shocked. Everybody in Paris had told him Boston was one of America's most cosmopolitan cities, but he could hardly find a theater screening the films of Claude Chabrol, Pedro Almodovar or any of the other European directors he liked so much. "I used to always say to everybody, 'With all these cable channels, there ought to be one where you could watch foreign film,"' he...

2008-07-02 06:00:00

By Porton, Richard New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg once dismissed Willets Point, a chaotic aggregation of junk heaps, garages, and vacant lots in Queens adjacent to Shea Stadium, as "another euphemism for urban blight." For Ramin Bahrani, an Iranian-American filmmaker born in the United States and educated at Columbia University, Willets Point (sometimes referred to as the "Iron Triangle") is more than a mere eyesore on the city's landscape. Inspired by the dizzying contradictions of...

2006-08-15 07:15:00

By Alireza Ronaghi TEHRAN - International audiences have come to know Iranian cinema as a lyrical but slow-paced genre where horses slog through snowy Kurdish mountain passes and children spend two hours looking for a lost bank note. Such art house films may win plaudits at festivals like Cannes, but they are not the sort of movies that break box office records in Tehran. This summer's top film in the Islamic Republic was "Ceasefire," a saccharine comedy in which two sexy newly-weds get so...


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