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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Mohammad Sarafraz has been appointed the managing director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), some Persian news websites quoting an anonymous source announced on Monday.

    The appointment is scheduled to be officially announced on Wednesday.
     
    Sarafraz will replace Ezzatollah Zarghami, who has held the position since 2004.

    Based on the Constitution of Iran, the managing director of IRIB is selected by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution.

    Sarafraz currently serves as director of Iran’s three major news networks Press TV, Al-Alam and HispanTV.

    In addition, he has served as the IRIB deputy director for the IRIB World Service over the past twenty years.

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    TEHRAN -- Abbas Kiarostami’s early movies “The Traveler” and “A Wedding Suit” will be screened in Tehran on November 20.

    The films will be shown at the Art and Experience Cinemas, the movie theaters which are dedicated to screening art films and other movies aimed typically at a limited audience.

    “The Traveler” directed in 1974 is about a grade-school-age boy, neglected by his parents, who lies, cheats and steals to get enough money to afford a bus ride to a large city and purchase a ticket to see his favorite soccer team play.

    “A Wedding Suit” (1976) tells the story of a woman, who orders a suit from a tailor for her young son to wear to her sister’s wedding.

    The tailor’s apprentice, together with two other teenage boys who work in the same building, devise a plan to try on the suit at night to see what it feels like. Things get a little complicated but in the morning, at the last possible minute, they manage to return the suit to its proper place.

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    TEHRAN --
    A sculpture, which has been created based on master miniaturist Mahmud Farshchian’s masterpiece “Evening of Ashura”, was unveiled during a ceremony in Tehran’s Imam Hussein (AS) Square on Monday.

    The ceremony was held on the eve of Ashura, the tenth day of the lunar month of Muharram on which the Imam and his companions were martyred in 680.

    Thousands of mourning people attended the unveiling ceremony, which was held in heavy rain.

    Created by Siavash Salimi, the bronze sculpture depicts a scene from the evening of Ashura, when the women and children of the household of Imam Hussein (AS) are mourning all around Zuljanah, the horse that the Imam used in the battle of Ashura.
        
    “My religious belief inspired me to change this subject into a sculpture,” Salimi told the Persian service of IRNA on Sunday.

    “The idea for transforming Farshchian’s ‘Evening of Ashura’ into a 3-D work came a few years ago, when I saw the masterpiece,” he added.

    Salimi spent 15 months making the 3.5-ton sculpture

    “This sculpture differs from all the works I have previously created,” he noted.

    “This is an extraordinary work, which should be seen up close. I have made it with all the exquisite delicacy of the original work,” he stated.

    Salimi have previously created statues of many Iranian luminaries, some of which were installed in urban districts. The statues of Ferdowsi and Avicenna standing in front of the Embassy of Iran in Paris have been created by Salimi.

        
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    TEHRAN -- Screenplays of seven films by written director Asghar Farhadi have recently been published in a book in Tehran.
     
    Publisher Cheshmeh plans to unveil the book entitled “Seven Screenplays from Asghar Farhadi” during a ceremony at the Kurosh Cinema Complex on Saturday.
     
    The book contains the screenplays “Dancing in the Dust”, “Beautiful City”, “Firework Wednesday”, “About Elly”, “A Separation” and “The Past”, all of which were directed by Farhadi.  
     
    The book also carries the screenplay “Tambourine”, which was directed by Farhadi’s wife, Parisa Bakhtavar.
     
    “As I review the screenplays, what has become bolder and more discernable – from ‘Dancing in the Dust’ to ‘The Past’ – is nothing but a question mark. A question mark, which has become bigger and more multidimensional from one script to another,” Farhadi wrote in the preface to the book.
     
    “If I have been able to reinforce the courage for inquiry in the fans of my films and to reduce their fear of planting a question mark in the minds, I will be satisfied with the life that I spent writing,” he added.
     
    “A Separation” won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign film.

     
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    TEHRAN – A group of Turkish publishers and Iranian translators are scheduled to discuss ways to facilitate bilateral cultural cooperation during a seminar in Istanbul.
     
    The one-day seminar will be held on November 10 at the pavilion of Iran’s Cultural Fairs Institute at the 33rd edition of the Istanbul Book Fair, which will run from November 8 to 16, Persian media reported on Wednesday. 
     
    Turkish publishers including Morpa, Acar, Evrensel, and Turkish poet and children’s books author Gulsum Cengiz will meet Iranian scholars and translators Kavus Hassanli, Nilufar Akbari, Rajabali Salarian and Hossein Bokaii at the seminar.
     
    They will also explore ways to remove the current obstacles and help exchange more books between the two countries. 
     
    Publishers, readers, writers, editors, scholars, poets, translators and academics from over 30 nations will participate in the fair to explore their love for books in an event that also gives them the opportunity to meet the literary figures of Turkey.
     
    The theme for the 33rd edition of the fair is “100 Years of Turkish Cinema” in celebration of the centennial of Turkish Cinema.
     
     
    RM/YAW
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  • 11/07/14--03:23: Art news in brief
  • Iranian society to honor Qeisar Aminpur
     
    TEHRAN – The Iranian Society of Cultural Works and Luminaries plans to commemorate poet Qeisar Aminpur (1958-2007) during a ceremony, which will be held at Tehran’s Motahhari Hall on Saturday.
     
    He was a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature.
     
    The hall is located on No. 71, Bashiri St., Amir-Bahador Bridge, Vali-e Asr Ave.

    “Melbourne” to compete in Cairo filmfest
     
    TEHRAN – Iranian director Nima Javidi’s “Melbourne” will compete in the 36th Cairo International Film Festival, which will be held in Egypt from November 9 to 19.
     
    The film is about a young couple, Amir and Sara, who plan to leave Tehran to try a new life in the Australian coastal city of Melbourne. However, a tragic event puts their plan at risk.
     
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    TEHRAN – Seven Iranian construction companies have been nominated for the 7th Middle East Architect Awards.
     
    The winners will be announced at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on November 19.
     
    The Xema Design Office was nominated for “25mm Project”, a dental clinic in Tehran, in the Public Sector Project of the Year Award.
     
    The office also is competing for the Residential Project of the Year Award for the Ekhtiarieh Tower in Tehran. The Next Office was also nominated for the award for its collaboration in the Kuhsar House near Karaj and the Sharifiha House in Tehran.
     
    Behzad Atabaki Studio is vying for the Commercial Project of the Year Award for its collaboration on Niayesh Office in Tehran.
     
    Hajizadeh & Associates is competing for the Hospitality Project of the Year Award for the Amiran Hotel & Commercial Center in Neyshabur.
     
    Shams Monument, a plan designed by the BNS Co. for the mausoleum of Shams-i Tabrizi in Khoy, and the Urban Gallery of the Ardabil Grand Mosque designed by the Memar Studio were nominated for the Community/Cultural Project of the Year Award.
     
    Iranian architect Kurosh Hajizadeh won the Architect of the Year Award at the event in 2013.
     
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  • 11/07/14--03:12: UNESCO experts visiting Susa
  • TEHRAN -- Two experts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization are visiting Susa in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, to weigh registering the capital of ancient Elam on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
     
    The director and representative the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, Esther Kuisch Laroche and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang, arrived in Susa on Wednesday and will visit various parts of the ancient site in three-day program, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    The Deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, and Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department Director Afshin Heidari are accompanying the experts during the visit.
     
    Iran’s application for registering Susa on the UNESCO’s list will be discussed in a UNESCO meeting in 2015.
     
    Susa also includes the Haft-Tappeh site, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, the Shush Castle and several other sites.
     
    The Code of Hammurabi, a stele bearing the most complete and perfect extant collection of Babylonian laws developed during the reign of Hammurabi (1792–1750 BC), was discovered near the Shush Castle in 1901 by French Orientalist Jean-Vincent Scheil. It is now preserved in the Louvre.
     
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    TEHRAN – The 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies will open at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla today at 9 a.m.

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m.

    After a one-year hiatus, the exhibit will be opening with about 560 Iranian periodicals and news agencies, Persian media reported on Friday.

    Several foreign media agencies active inside the country will also be attending the exhibit this year.

    A variety of newspapers, magazines and periodicals will be on display in the exhibit running from November 8 to 14.

    The exhibit will be promoting the motto “Responsible Freedom”.

    Photo: A poster for the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies

    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN --
    The renowned Lebanese Christian writer, George Jordac, who is mostly know for his “The Voice of Human Justice” about Imam Ali (AS), died in his home in Beirut on Wednesday at the age of 84, some Persian news websites announced on Thursday.

    He began his writing career in 1950 as a journalist for the newspapers Al Anwar, Al Kifah Al Arabi and Al Qabas, and several magazines.

    He wrote “The Voice of Human Justice” about the life, character, and attributes of Imam Ali (AS) in 1960. The book was then translated into English, Spanish, French and several other languages.

    The book was translated into Persian by Seyyed Hadi Khosroshahi in 1961.

    Mikha’il Na’ima, the Lebanese author and poet of the New York Pen League, wrote a preface to the English version of “The Voice of Human Justice”.

    “I am sure that George Jordac, a research scholar and an unbiased person as he is, has been successful in describing the life of the Imam to a large extent and those who read it will be obliged to say that it is the biography of a person who was second to Prophet of Islam,” he wrote.

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani offered his condolences over the death of Jordac in a message, which was published by some Persian news agencies on Friday.

    “Mr. George Jordac was a prominent literary and cultural figure who spent over four decades of his life studying about Imam Ali (AS), and his books show his affection for the Shias’ first Imam,” Larijani said.

    “I offer my condolences over the death of this eminent scholar to his family, the dear people of Lebanon, unbigoted Christians, and literati. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” he added.  

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    TEHRAN – Seven Iranian construction companies have been nominated for the 7th Middle East Architect Awards.
     
    The winners will be announced at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai on November 19.
     
    The Xema Design Office was nominated for “25mm Project”, a dental clinic in Tehran, in the Public Sector Project of the Year Award.
     
    The office also is competing for the Residential Project of the Year Award for the Ekhtiarieh Tower in Tehran. The Next Office was also nominated for the award for its collaboration in the Kuhsar House near Karaj and the Sharifiha House in Tehran.
     
    Behzad Atabaki Studio is vying for the Commercial Project of the Year Award for its collaboration on Niayesh Office in Tehran.
     
    Hajizadeh & Associates is competing for the Hospitality Project of the Year Award for the Amiran Hotel & Commercial Center in Neyshabur.
     
    Shams Monument, a plan designed by the BNS Co. for the mausoleum of Shams-i Tabrizi in Khoy, and the Urban Gallery of the Ardabil Grand Mosque designed by the Memar Studio were nominated for the Community/Cultural Project of the Year Award.
     
    Iranian architect Kurosh Hajizadeh won the Architect of the Year Award at the event in 2013.
     
    SB/YAW
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  • 11/07/14--03:12: UNESCO experts visiting Susa
  • TEHRAN -- Two experts of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization are visiting Susa in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan, to weigh registering the capital of ancient Elam on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
     
    The director and representative the UNESCO Cluster Office in Tehran, Esther Kuisch Laroche and UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang, arrived in Susa on Wednesday and will visit various parts of the ancient site in three-day program, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    The Deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, Mohammad-Hassan Talebian, and Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department Director Afshin Heidari are accompanying the experts during the visit.
     
    Iran’s application for registering Susa on the UNESCO’s list will be discussed in a UNESCO meeting in 2015.
     
    Susa also includes the Haft-Tappeh site, Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat, the Shush Castle and several other sites.
     
    The Code of Hammurabi, a stele bearing the most complete and perfect extant collection of Babylonian laws developed during the reign of Hammurabi (1792–1750 BC), was discovered near the Shush Castle in 1901 by French Orientalist Jean-Vincent Scheil. It is now preserved in the Louvre.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN – The 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies will open at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla today at 9 a.m.

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m.

    After a one-year hiatus, the exhibit will be opening with about 560 Iranian periodicals and news agencies, Persian media reported on Friday.

    Several foreign media agencies active inside the country will also be attending the exhibit this year.

    A variety of newspapers, magazines and periodicals will be on display in the exhibit running from November 8 to 14.

    The exhibit will be promoting the motto “Responsible Freedom”.

    Photo: A poster for the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies

    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN --
    The renowned Lebanese Christian writer, George Jordac, who is mostly know for his “The Voice of Human Justice” about Imam Ali (AS), died in his home in Beirut on Wednesday at the age of 84, some Persian news websites announced on Thursday.

    He began his writing career in 1950 as a journalist for the newspapers Al Anwar, Al Kifah Al Arabi and Al Qabas, and several magazines.

    He wrote “The Voice of Human Justice” about the life, character, and attributes of Imam Ali (AS) in 1960. The book was then translated into English, Spanish, French and several other languages.

    The book was translated into Persian by Seyyed Hadi Khosroshahi in 1961.

    Mikha’il Na’ima, the Lebanese author and poet of the New York Pen League, wrote a preface to the English version of “The Voice of Human Justice”.

    “I am sure that George Jordac, a research scholar and an unbiased person as he is, has been successful in describing the life of the Imam to a large extent and those who read it will be obliged to say that it is the biography of a person who was second to Prophet of Islam,” he wrote.

    Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani offered his condolences over the death of Jordac in a message, which was published by some Persian news agencies on Friday.

    “Mr. George Jordac was a prominent literary and cultural figure who spent over four decades of his life studying about Imam Ali (AS), and his books show his affection for the Shias’ first Imam,” Larijani said.

    “I offer my condolences over the death of this eminent scholar to his family, the dear people of Lebanon, unbigoted Christians, and literati. May his soul rest in perfect peace,” he added.  

    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The 8th edition of Cinéma Vérité, the Iranian international festival for documentary films, announced the lineup for the international competition on Saturday.
     
    Over 30 works by directors from 23 countries will compete in three categories of short, mid-length, and feature length documentaries of the festival, which will be held in Tehran from November 30 to December 7. 
     
    The feature-length films are “Ariel” directed by Laura Bari from Canada, “The Story of Mr. Love” by Dagmar Smrzova from Czech, “From the Depths” by Valentina Pedicini from Italy and “Casse” by Nadège Trebal from France.
     
    “Two Raging Grannies” by Håvard Bustnes from Norway, “Frozen Man” by Carolina Campo Lupo from Uruguay, “Men with Balls” by Kristóf Kovács from Hungary and “The Man Who Made Angels Fly” by Wiktoria Szymanska from Poland will compete in this section.
     
    Thirteen short films will also be screened at the festival.
     
    “The Last Days of Peter Bergmann” directed by Ciaran Cassidy from Ireland, “The Lion’s Mouth Opens” by Lucy Walker from U.S. and “Behind the Wheel” by Elise Laker from Britain are among the films.
     
    The festival will also screen nine mid-length films, including “Winter” by Cristina Picchi from Russia, “Taxiway” by Alicia Harrison from France and “Verdade 12.528” by Paula Sacchetta and Peu Robles from Brazil.
     
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  • 11/08/14--22:56: Art news in brief
  • Iranian ensemble to give concert in Vancouver
    TEHRAN – Iran’s Dastaan ensemble will perform a concert at the Kay Meek Center in Vancouver, Canada on December 13.
     
    Vocalist Jamal Salavati Kordistani will accompany the ensemble during the concert entitled “I Sing Along With You”.

    Iranian filmmaker Marjan Riahi selected for Herat festival jury 
    TEHRAN – The Iranian documentarian and filmmaker, Marjan Riahi, will judge the films at the 2nd Herat International Women’s Film Festival, which will be held in Afghanistan from November 8 to 10.
     
    Iranian actress Laleh Eskandari will be the guest of honor at the festival.
     
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    TEHRAN – Four Iranian artists are displaying a collection of their artworks at the 27th Instants Vidéo Festival underway in Marseille, France.
     
    The festival running from November 7 to 11 is an event dedicated to media arts and presents an international selection of video art and installation works, art performances, experimental documentaries and films in various sections.
     
    “Toy” by Neda Firuzeh is on show in the “Clichés about Women” section, the festival has announced on its website.
     
    “Thunder” by Azadeh Nilchiani and “Wind and Death” by Mahmud Nuraii, have been put on display in “Can You Hear What Is in Front of Your Eyes?”
     
    Negar Behbahani has showcased her “Agony, Never Ending” in “The Body as the Last Space of Freedom”. 
     
    The title for this year’s festival is “For a Free Circulation of Bodies and Desires”. 
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Representatives of various international news agencies, television stations and newspapers are attending the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies in Tehran to introduce their activities during event.
     
    A number of meetings have been arranged during the exhibit running from November 8 to 14 at the Imam Khomeini Mosalla, the organizers announced on Saturday.
     
    Cyril Julien, the head of the Tehran bureau of the French news agency AFP, Ana Cardenes from the Tehran bureau of Spanish news agency EFE, Alexander Levchenko from the Russian News Agency Itar-Tass and Dingdu Yang Chief of the Tehran bureau of Chinese Xinhua News Agency will hold meetings with visitors during the exhibition.
     
    Catalina Gomez of the El Tiempo Newspaper of Colombia, Mohammad-Saleh Sadaqian of the British newspaper Al-Hayat, Ali Hashem of the Lebanese news network, Al Mayadeen, and Isa Hosseini Mazri, the head of Afghan Voice Agency (AVA) will also discuss recent events in the region at several meetings.
     
    A variety of newspapers, magazines and periodicals are on display at the exhibit, which promotes the motto “Responsible Freedom”.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian international festival for documentary films, Cinéma Vérité, plans to honor Peruvian-born Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann with a lifetime achievement award.
     
    She will receive the award during the closing ceremony of the festival in Tehran on December 7, the organizers announced in a press release on Saturday.
     
    The 8th edition of Cinéma Vérité, which is scheduled to open on November 30, will also screen her documentaries “Good Husband, Dear Son” (2001), “Metal and Melancholy” (1993), “Forever” (2006) and “Oblivion” (2008).
     
    Honigmann is scheduled to hold a workshop on how to interview in a documentary film at the festival.
     
    In November 2013, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), one the largest celebrations of the documentary genre in the world, honored Honigmann with its Living Legend Award.
     
    The 2014 IDFA is also scheduled to open with Honigmann’s “Around the World in 50 Concerts”, which is about her tours with Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The film reveals the power of music in different countries and cultures.
     
    She will also hold a master class at the IDFA, which will be held from November 19 to 30.
     
    Honigmann has received accolades in many major international events for her films.
     
    She was crowned best international director at New Zealand’s Documentary Edge Festival in 2009 for her “Oblivion”.
     
    Her “Forever” also won the Golden Calf for Best Long Documentary at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2006.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei officially appointed Mohammad Sarafraz as the new director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting on Saturday.
     
    “Due to your long experience in managing the national media and your great familiarity with this major and important institution, I select you as the director of IRIB for a five-year period,” the Leader said in a directive issued on Saturday.
     
    “With its vital mission to lead and manage the culture and public opinion of society, IRIB is like a public university, which is responsible for promoting religion, morals, hope, awareness, and an Iranian-Islamic lifestyle,” he added.
     
    Early last week, some Persian news websites, quoting an anonymous source, announced the appointment. However, no official confirmed the report.
     
    Sarafraz replaces Ezzatollah Zarghami, who held the position of IRIB director since 2004.
     
    Sarafraz previously served as the director of three major Iranian news networks, Press TV, Al-Alam, and HispanTV.
     
    In addition, he has served as the IRIB deputy director for the IRIB World Service over the past twenty years.
     
     
    MMS/YAW/HG
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