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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Iranian-born British singer Sami Yusuf has performed a song for “Muhammad (S)”, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s blockbuster about the childhood of Prophet of Islam.

    Yusuf sang the end-credits song for a score that Indian musician A.R. Rahman has composed for the film, IndiaGlitz reported in October.

    “A.R. Rahman is a good brother of mine,” said Yusuf, who was described as “Islam’s biggest rock star” by Time magazine in 2006.

    “I’ve known him for about eight years. We are fans of each other, I’m a bigger fan, of course, but we like each other’s music. He came over to Sharjah and we spent some time together. We hold a very close fraternal relationship,” he added.

    Majidi directed “Muhammad (S)”, which is the most expensive film project to date produced in Iran, in collaboration with a number of the world’s professionals, including Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor and filmmaker Scott E. Anderson, three-time Academy Award winning Italian director of photography Vittorio Storaro, world-renowned Croat production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.

    The film is scheduled to premiere on January 9, 2015, which is birthday of Prophet Muhammad (S).   

     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) has donated 32 Persian books to the Fantastic Library of Wetzlar in Germany.
     
    The books were presented to the officials of the library during the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair, which was held from October 8 to 12, IIDCYA announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The manager of the library, Bettina Twrsnick, has expressed her thanks over the donation in a letter that she has recently sent to the IIDCYA.
     
    She said that the donation may provide them greater motivation to establish a section for Persian books.
     
    Founded in 1989, the Fantastic Library of Wetzlar (Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar) is not only houses the largest collection of fantasy literature in the German language, but is at the same time a center of excellence for the promotion of reading and language that is very much in demand.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian photojournalist Mohsen Rastani has published a selection of his photos on the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II, 20 years afterwards.

    The book entitled “The Hard Time” has been published by the Association of Photographers of Revolution and Sacred Defense, Rastani told the Persian service of MNA on Wednesday.

    Rastani, who is a graduate of photography from the University of Tehran, made several trips to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during and after the conflict to prepare the collection.

    Rastani is a photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker. He is one of the pioneers in photojournalism after the Islamic Revolution and has made great efforts in this field.

    He has held several exhibitions in Iran, Tajikistan, France and several other countries.


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    TEHRAN – Finnish graphic Designer Kari Piippo is scheduled to display a collection of his works in an exhibition, which will open at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on November 28.
     
    The exhibit is part of a program that the Momayyez Foundation has arranged to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the death of Iranian graphic designer Morteza Momayyez, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    Piippo, who lives and works in Finland, studied at the department of graphic design at the School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. 
     
    He has held many individual and group exhibitions, poster workshops and lectures inside and outside of his country.
     
    The Momayyez Foundation annually commemorates Momayyez, who is considered the father of modern graphic design in Iran, by organizing exhibitions to display the works of international graphic designers in Tehran.
     
    Swiss graphic designer Niklaus Troxler held an exhibition in Tehran in 2011. Troxler’s compatriot Bruno Monguzzi held an exhibition in 2010.
     
    French graphic designer Pierre Bernard also organized a showcase in Tehran in 2008 in commemoration of Momayyez.
     
    Momayyez died of prostate cancer in Tehran on November 26, 2005. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society from 1988 to 2004.
     
    Several programs have been arranged on the sidelines including an exhibition of early sketches by Momayyez and an exhibition of posters and logos by Ebrahim Haqiqi.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 4 at the Forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian movie “The Pearl” won the Award for Best Film for Children at the 21st Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
     
    Directed by Sirus Hassanpur, the film is about young siblings named Maher and Mahrokh who obliged to earn a living following the onset of heart disease afflicting their father Karim, a pearl diver.
     
    The film competed with seven other films at the festival, which runs from November 7 to 14 in Belarus.
     
    Alireza Osivand, Parivash Nazarieh, Salimeh Rangzan, Sirus Kahurinejad and Mehdi Faqih starred in the film.
     
    The festival aims to consolidate cultural ties between the Republic of Belarus and other countries, as well as creative connections between the filmmakers of participating countries.
     
    The film won the UNICEF award at the 26th Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in 2012. 
     
    According to the UNICEF report on the film, it “provides a realistic perspective of child labor and reflects situations where children are forced to distance themselves from their childhood.”
     
     
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    TEHRAN – Director of the Cinema Organization of Iran Hojjatollah Ayyubi and Polish State Secretary for Culture Monika Smolen have discussed ways to expand cinematic collaboration.
     
    The two officials met at the organization on Monday and held talks on bilateral cooperation and future agreements, the Persian service of MNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Iranian and Polish films enjoy many similar characteristics and daily problems of the country are reflected in Polish movies, Monika Smolen said.
     
    She stressed that Poland can be introduced through films and hoped that her country would have good collaboration with Iran in cinematic productions.
     
    She also proposed starting a joint project to exchange university students and holding courses on short film productions.
     
    Two groups each with 5 or 6 students from Iran will be invited to the film academy in Poland and several groups from Poland will be sent to Iran to learn filmmaking, she continued.
     
    In addition, she proposed the screening of Polish films in theaters across Iran to make people more familiar with the culture of her country.
     
    Ayyubi for his part said that good decisions have been made and Iranian cineastes would also be happy to boost relations with other countries.
     
    Referring to his trip to Warsaw in June to attend an Iranian film festival, Ayyubi said that a number of agreements made during his trip to Poland were being implemented.
     
    The organization has plans to establish a national cinematic school of Iran in the near future, he said, adding, “There are several old cinema schools in Iran but there are plans to establish an academy like the National Film School in Lodz soon.”
     
    He called the exchange of students a most practical action, and said that young filmmakers can make use of Polish cinematic knowledge.
     
    Smolen had visited the Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Cultural Affairs Seyyed Abbas Salehi a few days ago.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur’s family drama “We Have a Guest” is scheduled to go on screen at Iranian movie theaters today.
     
    The film starring Parviz Parastuii, Ahu Kheradmand, Behruz Shoeybi and Soheila Golestani is about an elderly couple who brings their son, a war veteran, from an asylum to their home to welcome a special guest.
     
    The film had its national premiere at the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in February 2014. It was acclaimed by critics and filmgoers.
     
    The film also was screened at the 19th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea and at the 8th Annual Balinale, the Bali International Film Festival in Indonesia during October.
     
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  • 11/11/14--22:56: Art news in brief
  • Iranian ensemble to give concerts in Konya
     
    TEHRAN – Iran’s Ayan ensemble will give performances in Konya from November 10 to 14.
     
    The ensemble, which is led by vocalist Hajir Mehrafruz, will perform the concerts in memory of Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273) in the Turkish city, which is home to the tomb of the Persian poet and mystic.
     
    They will perform 10 pieces based on poems by Rumi during the concerts.
     
    Photo exhibit on Gaza underway at Tehran press exhibit
     
    TEHRAN – An exhibition of photos of the recent Israeli war on Gaza is currently underway at the 20th Exhibition of Press and News Agencies in Tehran.
     
    Ninety-one photos by renowned photojournalists from various international news agencies are on display at the exhibit at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla.
     
    The Exhibition of Press and News Agencies runs until November 14.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Mohammad Sarafraz, the new director of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, says he plans to bring media elite together in order to enhance the activities of the institution.

    Sarafraz made the remarks at the IRIB International Conference Hall on Tuesday during the ceremony in which he was inaugurated as the new director of IRIB.

    “We need to make efficient use of the workforce; today information processing speaks first and the world powers are making (the best) use of it,” he said.

    People across the world are spending more hours watching TV, Sarafraz stated, adding, “There needs to be favorable conditions for viewers to be able to watch their favorite programs at their favorite times.”

    Iranian Majlis speaker Ali Larijani also attending the ceremony called management of the IRIB organization very complicated and difficult.

    “The IRIB director and his colleagues are actively involved in work all day long and I need to express my thanks to the former (IRIB) director Ezzatolh Zarghami and his colleagues for their 10 long years of hard work,” Larijani said.

    A large number of officials, ministers and cineastes including Mohammad Ali Keshavaraz, Siruz Moqaddam, Dariush Arjomand and Ali Nasirian attended the ceremony.

    Sarafraz was officially appointed the new IRIB director by the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Sunday.


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    TEHRAN -- Iranian Minster of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati has asked media agencies in the Islamic world to promote unity, peace, and development among the Muslim nations.

    Speaking during a meeting of foreign diplomats and the representatives of some international organizations in Iran on Tuesday, he said that a conference of the information ministers of the state members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is scheduled to be held in Tehran on December 2 and 3.

    He expressed his hope that the conference will pave the way for more cooperation among the media agencies for the coverage of the events in the Islamic world and the enlightenment of the public opinion of the Muslim nations.

    The conference aims to achieve integration among the media agencies for promoting peace in the Islamic world.


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    TEHRAN -- Iranian-born British singer Sami Yusuf has performed a song for “Muhammad (S)”, Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi’s blockbuster about the childhood of Prophet of Islam.

    Yusuf sang the end-credits song for a score that Indian musician A.R. Rahman has composed for the film, IndiaGlitz reported in October.

    “A.R. Rahman is a good brother of mine,” said Yusuf, who was described as “Islam’s biggest rock star” by Time magazine in 2006.

    “I’ve known him for about eight years. We are fans of each other, I’m a bigger fan, of course, but we like each other’s music. He came over to Sharjah and we spent some time together. We hold a very close fraternal relationship,” he added.

    Majidi directed “Muhammad (S)”, which is the most expensive film project to date produced in Iran, in collaboration with a number of the world’s professionals, including Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor and filmmaker Scott E. Anderson, three-time Academy Award winning Italian director of photography Vittorio Storaro, world-renowned Croat production designer Miljen Kreka Kljakovic.

    The film is scheduled to premiere on January 9, 2015, which is birthday of Prophet Muhammad (S).   

     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) has donated 32 Persian books to the Fantastic Library of Wetzlar in Germany.
     
    The books were presented to the officials of the library during the 66th Frankfurt Book Fair, which was held from October 8 to 12, IIDCYA announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    The manager of the library, Bettina Twrsnick, has expressed her thanks over the donation in a letter that she has recently sent to the IIDCYA.
     
    She said that the donation may provide them greater motivation to establish a section for Persian books.
     
    Founded in 1989, the Fantastic Library of Wetzlar (Phantastische Bibliothek Wetzlar) is not only houses the largest collection of fantasy literature in the German language, but is at the same time a center of excellence for the promotion of reading and language that is very much in demand.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian photojournalist Mohsen Rastani has published a selection of his photos on the Bosnian War (1992-1995), the most devastating conflict in Europe since the end of World War II, 20 years afterwards.

    The book entitled “The Hard Time” has been published by the Association of Photographers of Revolution and Sacred Defense, Rastani told the Persian service of MNA on Wednesday.

    Rastani, who is a graduate of photography from the University of Tehran, made several trips to the Bosnian capital Sarajevo during and after the conflict to prepare the collection.

    Rastani is a photojournalist and a documentary filmmaker. He is one of the pioneers in photojournalism after the Islamic Revolution and has made great efforts in this field.

    He has held several exhibitions in Iran, Tajikistan, France and several other countries.


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    TEHRAN – Finnish graphic Designer Kari Piippo is scheduled to display a collection of his works in an exhibition, which will open at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on November 28.
     
    The exhibit is part of a program that the Momayyez Foundation has arranged to commemorate the ninth anniversary of the death of Iranian graphic designer Morteza Momayyez, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Wednesday.
     
    Piippo, who lives and works in Finland, studied at the department of graphic design at the School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. 
     
    He has held many individual and group exhibitions, poster workshops and lectures inside and outside of his country.
     
    The Momayyez Foundation annually commemorates Momayyez, who is considered the father of modern graphic design in Iran, by organizing exhibitions to display the works of international graphic designers in Tehran.
     
    Swiss graphic designer Niklaus Troxler held an exhibition in Tehran in 2011. Troxler’s compatriot Bruno Monguzzi held an exhibition in 2010.
     
    French graphic designer Pierre Bernard also organized a showcase in Tehran in 2008 in commemoration of Momayyez.
     
    Momayyez died of prostate cancer in Tehran on November 26, 2005. He was the chairman of the board of directors of the Iranian Graphic Designers Society from 1988 to 2004.
     
    Several programs have been arranged on the sidelines including an exhibition of early sketches by Momayyez and an exhibition of posters and logos by Ebrahim Haqiqi.
     
    The exhibit will run until December 4 at the Forum located on Musavi St., off Taleqani Ave.
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian movie “The Pearl” won the Award for Best Film for Children at the 21st Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, the organizers announced on Tuesday.
     
    Directed by Sirus Hassanpur, the film is about young siblings named Maher and Mahrokh who obliged to earn a living following the onset of heart disease afflicting their father Karim, a pearl diver.
     
    The film competed with seven other films at the festival, which runs from November 7 to 14 in Belarus.
     
    Alireza Osivand, Parivash Nazarieh, Salimeh Rangzan, Sirus Kahurinejad and Mehdi Faqih starred in the film.
     
    The festival aims to consolidate cultural ties between the Republic of Belarus and other countries, as well as creative connections between the filmmakers of participating countries.
     
    The film won the UNICEF award at the 26th Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in 2012. 
     
    According to the UNICEF report on the film, it “provides a realistic perspective of child labor and reflects situations where children are forced to distance themselves from their childhood.”
     
     
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    TEHRAN -- Several Iranian artists are displaying their works at the third Annual Juried International Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art at the LuminArté Gallery in Dallas, Texas in the United States.
     
    Hedyeh Yusefi-Fard, Yasaman Musavi, Zahra Nazari and Sudi Sharafshahi are among the Iranian artists whose works are on show in the exhibit, which opened on October 25 and will be running until November 29, the gallery has announced on its website.
     
    Over 40 artists are participating this year from 17 countries including the USA, the United Kingdom, Iran, Bulgaria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Japan, Egypt, Pakistan, Canada, Singapore and Lebanon.
     
    This prestigious international exhibition includes artworks in a variety of styles and media, inspired by Islamic culture, art, literature and architecture.
     
    Several workshops and meetings have also been arranged on the side section of the exhibit to promote education in the arts of the Islamic world and help build cultural bridges between Islamic cultures and the rest of the world.
     
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    TEHRAN – A book on the career of the German-based Iranian playwright and stage and screen director Arbi Avanesian was unveiled Thursday during a ceremony at the Film Museum of Iran in Tehran.
     
    “Theater and Cinema of Arbi Avanesian” compiled by Majid Lashgari has recently been published by Rozaneh Publications, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Friday.
     
    A large number of veteran cineastes including Farideh Sepah-Mansur, Mehdi Hashemi, Dariush Farhang, Hushang Tavakkoli and Jamshid Mashayekhi attended the unveiling ceremony of the book, which also contains an extensive archive of Iran’s history of theater.
     
    “While I was studying works by playwright Abbas Nalbandian (1947-1987), I noticed a big difference in their structure so I was interested to find out the director who had worked on his plays and from there I connected with Avanesain,” Lashgari said in his short speech. 
     
    The German-based Iranian film and theater director Avanesian also made a short speech, saying, “I believe the (good) characteristic of theater is its live performance, that is why I never gathered an archive of my works, but Lashgari collected them in his 10-year long research work, which is of great importance for me”. 
     
    The two-volume book is a valuable source for theater researchers and carries an important part of the history of the theater of Iran, researcher Farindokht Zahedi said, adding that it contains a collection of scattered documents which was about to be destroyed.
     
    Several cineastes also gave brief speeches about Avanesian at the ceremony.
     
    Avanesian had directed several plays and films before the Islamic Revolution (1979) including the movie “Spring” (1969) and the play “The Cherry Orchard” (1972).
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian translator and director of the Golestan Gallery in Tehran, Lili Golestan, will be honored with the Order of Academic Palms by France.
     
    She will receive the decoration from French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in Tehran on November 17, the Persian service of Honaronline announced on Friday.
     
    The Order of Academic Palms is an Order of Chivalry of France, which is awarded to distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education.
     
    Lili Golestan, 70, has translated 40 books, most of which have been republished several times, and has also helped familiarize many people with the world of art at her gallery, which was established in 1988.
     
    She is the daughter of Ebrahim Golestan, a prominent writer and filmmaker, and the sister of renowned photojournalist Kaveh Golestan.
     
    In the book “The Oral History of the Contemporary Persian Literature: Lili Golestan”, which is her interview with Omid Firuzbakhsh, she said that she was raised in a house that was kind of an art center of Tehran, which was the haunt of renowned poets and artists on Fridays.
     
    She left Iran for Paris during her teenage years to study costume and textile design at the National School of Decorative Arts (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs).
     
    She later returned to Iran, beginning a career in cloth designing at the Moqaddam Textile Company. Shortly afterward, she worked as a costume designer with troupes performing teleplays. She also was the director of several children’s TV programs.
     
    She made her professional debut as a translator in 1969 by her translation of Oriana Fallaci’s “Nothing, and So Be It”, which contains Fallaci’s report on the Vietnam War based on personal experiences. Thereafter, translation became her main profession and she converted part of her home into a bookstore in 1980.
     
    In 1988, the bookstore was changed into a gallery, which is still one of Tehran’s major centers for art shows.
     
    She translated many books from the world literature into Persian. Among the works are Eugene Ionesco’s “Story Number 3”, Maurice Druon’s “Tistou of the Green Thumbs”, Miguel Angel Asturias’ “The Man that Had it All, All, All”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “The Smell of the Guava Tree” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”.
     
    Golestan married prominent cinematographer Nemat Haqiqi, but their marriage broke up six years later. She raised children Mani (filmmaker), Sanam and Mahmud by herself.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian pop singer Morteza Pashaii died of gastric cancer at Tehran’s Bahman Hospital on Friday morning. He was 30.
     
    He had occasionally been receiving treatment since December 2013, when he was diagnosed with gastric cancer. However, his illness became critical on November 7 and he was admitted to Bahman Hospital.  
     
    Several Iranian celebrities including singers Mohsen Chavoshi, Sirvan Khosravi, and Maziar Fallahi, actors Hadi Kazemi and Mahnaz Afshar as well as former footballers Ali Daee and Behruz Rahbarifar visited Pashaii at the hospital before his death.
     
    Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani offered his condolences over the death of Pashaii to his family on Friday.
     
    His funeral procession will start in front of Tehran’s Vahdat Hall on Sunday morning and he will be buried in the Artists Section of Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra Cemetery.
     
    Pashaii was scheduled to perform some pieces from his recent albums during a concert in Toronto on November 29.
     
    His song “You Are a Worry for Me” was selected for the credits of “Mah-e Asal” (“Honey Moon”), a popular TV show which was aired by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting during the past holy month of Ramadan. The song quickly became a hit.  
     
    He made his debut album in 2010 with “There Is Someone”. He also recorded three other albums “One-Way Road”, “Breathe” and “Worship”.
     
     
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    TEHRAN – The veteran Iranian dramatist and director Qotbeddin Sadeqi plans to stage a play on the Sinjar massacre that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) carried out in the town in Nineveh Province.
     
    Entitled “Aziz of Sinjar”, the play will be performed during the 33rd Fajr International Theater Festival, which is schedule to be held in Tehran in February 2015.
     
    “The play is based on documents published about the event and I will blend the real story and my imagination to stage the play,” Sadeqi told the Persian service of MNA on Friday.
     
    He said that the play will be staged in response to the ISIL crimes and added, “Making a response to various events occurring around the world indicates the dynamism of a society.”
     
    A cast of 50 will perform the play, which will probably be held in the courtyard of Tehran’s City Theater Complex, he said.
     
    Sinjar was one of many towns captured by the ISIL in early August 2014. Afterwards, Kurds in the region appealed to the Government of Iraq and the United States for air support to assist their cause. 
     
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