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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – Iranian scholars came together for a one-day conference in Hamedan on Saturday to discuss the philosophy of the Islamic physician and philosopher Avicenna (980–1037). 
     
    Entitled the Wisdom in the Philosophy of Avicenna Conference, the gathering was organized by the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation to commemorate Iran’s National Physicians’ Day, which is August 23.
     
    Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation Director Ayatollah Ghiaseddin Taha-Mohammadi, and a large number of clerics and academics attended the conference, which was held at the Hamedan University of Medical Sciences.
     
    In his address at the ceremony, Jannati said that it is not fair to call Avicenna a world famous physician and to ignore his artistic and philosophical contributions.
     
    “If we restrict Avicenna within our geographical borders, we have not served the world of science. He is a scholar whose thoughts have gone across the world and he belongs to the entire earth,” he said.
     
    Although Avicenna’s thoughts and works have still not been disseminated throughout the world as much as they should be, “Avicenna is still regarded as one of the leading philosophers of the world,” he added.  
     
    Avicenna is a treasure of our society, and we need to make use of him in developing the Islamic civilization, he added.
     
    Photo: Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati (C) and a number scholars visit the tomb of Avicenna in Hamedan after the opening ceremony of the Wisdom in the Philosophy of Avicenna Conference on August 23, 2014. (ISNA/Puria Pakizeh)
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian doctor Azadeh Abbasi plans to lead a group of children with Down syndrome to embellish a 20-meter long wall with their paintings in the northern Iranian city of Rezvanshahr in Gilan Province next week.
     
    Down syndrome is a genetic condition in which a person has 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46, and that is why the wall is due to be named “Wall 47”, Abbasi told the Persian service of MNA on Wednesday.
     
    “Children with Down syndrome have a shorter life expectancy. I have been working with these children for about 6 years and have always wondered why they do not receive sufficient help and support,” she added.
     
    Most of these children suffer deep depression when they grow up but their participation in group activities helps lift up their spirits, she said, adding that the project helps them transfer their thoughts and feelings onto the wall.
     
    “Most of the walls across the large cities are filled with a variety of advertisements, so why not have a wall dedicated to children with Down syndrome to explain about these children and raise people’s awareness about them?” she asked. 
     
    About 18 children of this group live in Rezvanshahr, and that is why we chose this city, however Rezvanshahr Municipality has generously cooperated in carrying the project, she concluded.
     
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    TEHRAN – A large number of Iranian actors, sportsmen, officials and students gathered in front of the United Nations Office in Tehran on Tuesday to once again ask the organization to stop the Israeli crimes in Gaza. 

     
    The participants censured the Israeli crimes in Gaza and announced their support for the people of Gaza, Persian media reported on Wednesday.
     
    The director of the Music Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Piruz Arjmand, director of Iran Music Association Ali Torabi, and managing director of the Visual Media Institute Hossein Mosafer-Astaneh attended the gathering.
     
    Actors Payam Dehkordi and Alireza Ghaffari, actresses Bahareh Rahnama and Kamand Amirsoleimani, filmmaker Shahram Karami, and ping pong champions Noshad and Milad Alamian were also seen among the participants.
     
    Rahnama and Amirsoleimani asked the international organizations to put an end to the crimes, in a short speech they made at the gathering.
     
    The participants later signed a petition in support of the children of Gaza.
     
    Shahrzad Boulevard where the UN Office is situated in Tehran was renamed Gaza Blvd. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran-based Hungarian painter Gizella Varga Sinaii, who is the wife of prominent Iranian filmmaker Khosro Sinaii, has directed a short mobile film about a painting from her series “Travel Diary”.

     
    She plans to submit the film to the 2nd Tehran Mobile Film and Photo Festival, which will be held during September, the organizers announced on Wednesday.
     
    “I wanted to show how the painting was created for the collection,” Varga Sinaii said.
     
    “This work measures 50x1500 centimeters and its long length refers to this idea that life is long,” she added.
     
    The collection “Travel Diary” contains 10 large-size paintings, which narrate the life story of Gizella in Hungary, Austria and Iran.
     
    “Travel Diary”, also known as “Travelogue”, has been displayed at exhibitions in Finland, Austria, Hungary and the Georgian Republic over the past few years.
     
    “In this collection that I began to create ten years ago, I have depicted my 50-year journey from the West to the East, and I add one or two works to the collection every year,” Varga Sinaii stated.
     
    “About ten years ago, I saw that I loved to talk about myself in my works; about an artist who has come from another country and has settled in Iran,” she added.
     
    “I always had a deep affection for Iranian art and I wanted to illustrate this love in my works,” she noted.
     
    Seventy-year-old Varga Sinaii said that she has made the film the artwork with no help from her husband, director of the family drama “The Bride of Fire”.
     
    “He was very concerned about how I would be able to make the film, but I wanted to make the film independently,” she added.
     
    The film was shot by her daughter, Samira, who also gave her some advice on editing it. 
     
    Mobile films by stage director Behruz Qharibpur, actors Babak Hamidian, Atila Pesyani, Farhad Aiish, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, and Niki Karimi, singer Reza Yazdani and graphic designer Qobad Shiva will compete and be screened at the 2nd Tehran Mobile Film and Photo Festival, which will be held from September 12 to 19. 
     
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  • 08/22/14--08:24: Art news in brief
  • President honors eulogist Salim Moazzenzadeh
     
    TEHRAN -- President Hassan Rouhani honored Salim Moazzenzadeh Ardebili, the renowned eulogist who mostly performs recitations in the Azari language during the mourning ceremonies of the month of Muharram and other Islamic rituals, with the Order of Culture on Thursday.
     
    The honoring ceremony was held as part of a program for the president’s visit to the northwestern Iranian province of Ardebil.
     
     
    “Taj Mahal” director donates award to Imam Khomeini museum
     
    TEHRAN -- “Taj Mahal” director Danesh Egbashavi has donated the best film award that he received for the film at the Islamic World Film Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013, to the museum of the Institute for the Compilation and Publication of Imam Khomeini’s Works.
     
    Egbashavi handed over the award to Imam Khomeini’s grandson, Hojjatoleslam Hassan Khomeini, at his office on Thursday.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian poet Simin Behbahani was laid to rest in her family plot at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra Cemetery on Friday.
     
    Behbahani had asked to be buried at the Imamzadeh Taher Cemetery in Karaj in her last will and testament, but her children decided to change the location.
     
    The funeral procession began at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall. A large number of celebrities and fans gathered in front of Vahdat Hall to say their last goodbye to Behbahani.
     
    Author Mahmud Dowlatabadi, singer Mohammadreza Shajarian, art critic Javad Mojabi, and the poet’s elder son, Ali Behbahani, delivered short speeches during the funeral ceremony.
     
    Vocalists Shahram Nazeri and Homayun Shajarian also performed several pieces of poetry by Behbahani at the ceremony.
     
    Deputy Culture Minster for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani, filmmaker Bahman Farmanara, actors Sirus Ebrahimzadeh, Roya Nonahali, Mahnaz Afshar, and Maryam Bubani also attended the ceremony.
     
    Simin Behbahani died from heart failure at Tehran’s Pars Hospital on Tuesday morning at the age of 87. Behbahani was suffering from a heart problem over the past few years and fell into a coma on August 7.
     
    A memorial service will be held at Jame’ Mosque of Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood in Tehran on Sunday.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Israeli 33-day war of 2006 against Lebanon, the exchange of prisoners and martyrs of the war are all portrayed in a photo exhibition, which is underway at Tehran’s Enqelab Cultural Center.
     
    Entitled “Tulips on Burnt Nests”, the photos were taken by the two photographer and documentarian brothers Vahid and Saeid Faraji during 10 different trips to Lebanon, the Persian service of MNA reported on Friday.
     
    After the 33-day war, Lebanese people returned to their cities and arranged a big celebration in which the two brothers took part and recorded the events in their photos.
     
    The exchange of prisoners of the war and the photos of the Lebanese prisoner Samir Qantar, who was kept in Israeli prisons for about 30 years, are among the highlights of the exhibit.
     
    The Association of Photographers of Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense had previously published a series of the displayed photos in a book named “Exchange”.
     
    The exhibit, which opened on August 14, will be running until August 27 in the center located on Komeil St., off Navvab Safavi Highway.
     
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    TEHRAN – An Iranian delegation headed by National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) Director Seyyed Reza Salehi-Amiri visited the National Library of France in Paris on last Monday.
     
    Salehi-Amiri traveled France last week to attend the 80th International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) General Conference and Assembly, which was held in Lyon from August 16 to 22.
     
    He also held a meeting with National Archives of France Deputy Director Pascal Dal Pont at the library.
     
    Salehi-Amiri was fully briefed about the National Archives of France by Dal Pont and they also discussed the expansion of relations during the meeting.
     
    In addition, Dal Pont spoke about National Library of France’s plan for establishing an Iran section in the near future.
     
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    TEHRAN – Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi has been appointed as president of the jury for the New Currents section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival, which will be held in South Korea from October 2 to 11.
     
    New Currents is the main section of the festival which is for the first or the second feature films by up-and-coming Asian directors. Two best feature films are awarded in this section.
     
    Professor of film studies at the Scotland’s University of St. Andrews Dina Iordanova, French philosopher Jacques Ranciere, Indian actress Suhasini Maniratnam, and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho are the members of the jury. 
     
    The Iranian director Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur’s drama “We Have a Guest” will compete in the festival.
     
    The Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad presided over the jury for the New Currents section at the 18th Busan International Film Festival.
     
    Farhadi’s “A Separation” won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a French César for best foreign language film earlier in 2012 as well as Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2011.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian actor Reza Kianian has rejected a proposal to play a role in the U.S. TV series “Homeland” due to its anti-Iranian content.

     
    “Some time ago, I received an email from IMDB, asking me to play a role in ‘Homeland’, which was being shot in South Africa at that time,” Kianian told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday.
     
    “They told me they would send a ticket to the country in ten days if I agreed to act in the series,” he added.
     
    Kianian said that he rejected the proposal after he found the series is offensive to Iranian people. 
     
    “In addition, they behaved in a discourteous manner, because they think that there is a strong desires among our actors to act in foreign film projects, so they feel no need to provide any clarification about the screenplay or what they will pay,” he added.
     
    “Acting in a foreign project is not so fantastic that an actor would accept a role in it without reading its screenplay or being informed about his role or pay. Furthermore, I never want to appear in a project that is insulting to my people,” he stated.
     
    “Homeland” is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series “Hatufim”, which was created by Gideon Raff.
     
    In its third season, Saul Berenson, the acting director of the CIA, plans to bring the No 2 official in Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, Majid Javadi, to the United States and turn him into a double agent working against the Iranian government. He is also the guy who is the alleged mastermind of a car bomb attack against the CIA that ended season two.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian scholars came together for a one-day conference in Hamedan on Saturday to discuss the philosophy of the Islamic physician and philosopher Avicenna (980–1037). 
     
    Entitled the Wisdom in the Philosophy of Avicenna Conference, the gathering was organized by the Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation to commemorate Iran’s National Physicians’ Day, which is August 23.
     
    Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Avicenna Cultural and Scientific Foundation Director Ayatollah Ghiaseddin Taha-Mohammadi, and a large number of clerics and academics attended the conference, which was held at the Hamedan University of Medical Sciences.
     
    In his address at the ceremony, Jannati said that it is not fair to call Avicenna a world famous physician and to ignore his artistic and philosophical contributions.
     
    “If we restrict Avicenna within our geographical borders, we have not served the world of science. He is a scholar whose thoughts have gone across the world and he belongs to the entire earth,” he said.
     
    Although Avicenna’s thoughts and works have still not been disseminated throughout the world as much as they should be, “Avicenna is still regarded as one of the leading philosophers of the world,” he added.  
     
    Avicenna is a treasure of our society, and we need to make use of him in developing the Islamic civilization, he added.
     
    Photo: Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati (C) and a number scholars visit the tomb of Avicenna in Hamedan after the opening ceremony of the Wisdom in the Philosophy of Avicenna Conference on August 23, 2014. (ISNA/Puria Pakizeh)
     
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    TEHRAN – Voice actor Changiz Jalilvand and actors Saeid Pursamimi and Fatemeh Gudarzi were honored for their lifetime achievements during the opening ceremony of the 2nd Tehran Jasmine International Film Festival on Saturday.
     
    Iran Cinema Organization Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi, festival secretary Hossein Mosafer-Astaneh, and a large of number of cinematic figures attended the ceremony held in the northern city of Amol, Mazandaran Province.
     
    “The cinema in its classic form is fading away,” Pursamimi said in his acceptance speech during the ceremony.
     
    “In the old days, hundreds of people used to watch a film in a theater, and sit and talk about the film and exchange views,” he said.
     
    “However, most of the fans are watching films on their cell phones individually now. We must think what steps need to be taken, so that cinema can make more cultural progress,” he said.
     
    “I think one of the best ways is to hold festivals to save cinema from isolation,” he stated.
     
    Jalilvand also expressed his surprise over such a ceremony and said, “I hope we can attract more people to the cinema with these films and festivals”.
     
    Actress Gudarzi said that it was still too soon to honor her for lifetime achievements, “I am still a child in this profession. I still consider myself a beginner in cinema in comparison with masters Pursamimi and Jalilvand,” she said.
     
    Several number of Iranian and foreign films will be competing in the second edition of the festival in Tehran and Amol, which runs until August 28.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The director of the anti-Zionist movie “The Saturday Hunter”, Parviz Sheikhtadi, plans to make his new film on Salafi-Takfiris, so-called Muslims who accuse other Muslims of apostasy.
     
    He has recently completed the screenplay for the film entitled “The Emperor of Hell”, the Persian service of MNA reported on Sunday.
     
    “I spent one year researching for the writing of the screenplay and it took six months for me to write the script,” Sheikhtadi said.
     
    “‘The Emperor of Hell’ depicts the distorted thoughts of a mufti and it also wants to show how the thoughts of such persons could be hazardous to the infrastructure of the Islamic world,” he added.
     
    “The film wants to show what went wrong in the Islamic world that allowed such a situation to arise,” he stated.
     
    Sheikhtadi said that making the film will cost forty billion rials (over $1 million) and added the Iran Cinema Organization has agreed to cover part of the sum.
     
    Sheikhtadi’s “The Saturday Hunter” was acclaimed at Iranian film festivals. The film narrates a story about a Jewish widow who marries a Christian man. The grandfather of her son asks her to bring his grandson to spend a short time with him, after which the boy can decide whether to stay with his mother or his grandfather.
     
    Photo: Parviz Sheikhtadi directs a scene from “The Saturday Hunter”.
     
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    TEHRAN –
    Vocalist Abdolhossein Mokhtabad performed a concert entitled “Unison with You” at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Sunday night to raise funds for Gazan children, who have been a prime target for Israeli airstrikes over the past month.
     
    “Holding this concert is a protest against the killing of human beings,” Mokhtabad said during a press conference on Saturday.
     
    He performed “Look at the Street behind the Window”, based on a poem by Ahmad Shamlu, and other memorable songs during the concert.
     
    Mokhtabad, who is also a member of the Tehran City Council, will go on stage tonight again to reprise the concert, which has been organized jointly by the council and the Tehran Municipality.
     
    The concert is scheduled to be performed in other Iranian cities during November.
     
    In addition, Mokhtabad said that he is planning concert tours in the U.S. and Canada, but did not mention any more details for the concerts.

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    TEHRAN –
    Seven short films and a feature produced in the Islamic countries have been selected to go on screen at the 28th Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children, which will be held during October, organizers announced on Monday.
     
    The short films will be shown in a section entitled “Review of Films from Islamic Countries”. This section has been added to the festival this year.
     
    Among the films is “Agri and the Mountain” by Hasan Serin from Turkey. It tells the story of a little girl in a small village at the foot of Mount Ararat.
     
    Another highlight is “Baghdad Messi” by Sahim Omar Kalifa from Iraq. The story of the film is set in Iraq in 2009. Hamoudi, who is very passionate about football, loses one leg. Together with his friends and the rest of the world, he anxiously awaits the start of the Champions League final.
     
    Other short films include “Chocolate Comedy” by Chairun Nissa and “The Raining Tree” by Andra Fembriarto from Indonesia, “Ishara” by Natalie Kreidieh from Lebanon and “Missing” by Tariq Rimawi from Jordan.
     
    Moreover, “Giraffada” by Rani Massalha from Palestine, is the only feature-length movie, which will go on screen in this section.
     
    The festival will be held in the central Iranian city of Isfahan from October 3 to 6.
     
    Photo: A poster for Palestinian director Rani Massalha’s film “Giraffada”, which will be screened at the 28th Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children 
     
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    TEHRAN --
    Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting Managing Director Ezzatollah Zarghami has received a written notification from the Supervision Council of IRIB about a massive increase in commercials for lotteries that Iranian companies hold among consumers of their productions.
     
    Members of the council, which is composed of representatives of the legislature, executive and the judiciary, underlined the need for immediate modification of the commercials.
     
    In the notification, the council has criticized the commercials for “creating an unfair advertising atmosphere, promoting materialistic attitudes.”  
     
    It also said that the commercials are against spiritual values and “encourage the spirit of idleness instead of working and struggle.”
     
    In most of the commercials aired on IRIB channels, companies promote their products by lotteries in which winners receive luxury cars or big cash prizes. 
     
    The council also criticized the TV advertisements for promoting the symbols of the Western lifestyle, depicting women with a feministic attitude, and using them as objects.
     
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    TEHRAN – A group of Iranian actresses plans to hold a book reading session this Thursday to raise funds for children suffering from immunodeficiency disorders.
     
    The event will be held at the Children’s Medical Center of Tehran’s Imam Hussein Hospital, TV anchor and actress Bahareh Jahandust told the Persian service of MNA.
     
    Jahandust along with actresses Azadeh Samadi, Baran Kosari, Elham Jafarnejad, Bahareh Moshiri and Roya Bakhtiari will read stories by renowned authors, including Russian writer Anton Chekhov and American author Paul Auster.  
     
    The session will be held on the sidelines of a charity market, which will be held at the center from August 27 to 29.
     
    The center is located on the Qarib St., off Keshavarz Blvd.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian directors Sabina Shiari and Peyman Majidi plan to stage a play based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”.
     
    Entitled “The Revelation of Raskolnikov”, the play was dramatized by Peyman Majidi.
     
    The play will go on stage at Tehran’s Av Hall during September.
     

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    TEHRAN – The 2015 Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) Conference will be held at the Islamic Azad University of Isfahan in the town of Khorasgan from May 22 to 24.
     
    Representatives of over 190 institutions from across the world have been invited to the conference, which will be held on the main theme of “International and Regional Collaboration in Research, Curriculum and Student Experience”. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- A director has said that Iranian filmmakers need to revive protagonists in their works in order to draw people to revitalize the nation’s box office receipts.
     
    Talking to the Persian service of ILNA on Tuesday, Mohsen Mohseninasab added that it is not the economic problems preventing people from going to watch films in theaters, rather, it is the lack of protagonists in the stories of the films that is the main factor for Iranians’ reluctance to going to cinema.
     
    “Iran needs to bring back protagonists to its production in order to revitalize the national motion picture industry,” noted Mohseninasab, who plans to make the thriller “Free of Charge” with an all-Turkish cast.
     
    He said that ten years ago, those films were promoting morals through their heroes were labeled as “superficial” by certain cineastes and cultural officials.
     
    “By implementing improper policies and making unreasonable excuses, protagonists have been removed from the stories of films and since then, most of the films have deteriorated to nonsense. People never feel personal empathy with film characters anymore, so they see no reason to go cinema,” he added.
     
    Mohseninasab plans to hire two Turkish stars, Kivanc Tatlitug and Tolgahan Sayisman, for his new film “Free of Charge”, which will be shot in Turkey and Cyprus. 
     
    The film tells the story of a group of children who seek refuge at Iraq’s borders due to the ongoing battles in Iraq and Syria, but they soon turn into victims of human trafficking in Turkey.
     
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