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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – A photo exhibition entitled “The Immortals of History”, which recalls some emotional moments of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, will open at Tehran’s Eyvan Gallery today.

     
    The exhibit has been organized by Tehran Farhang Film Company to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the war, which is known as the Sacred Defense in Iran, the company announced on Saturday.
     
    Forty photos taken by various photographers in different warzones in Khuzestan Province have been put on display at the exhibit that will be running until September 25.
     
    The company has also arranged a one-day session on the sidelines of the show to review photography of war and its influence on the art of photography.
     
    A panel of war photographers including Mohammad–Hossein Heidari has been invited to the session, which is scheduled to discuss formation of war photography and introduce Iranian photographers of war.
     
    The gallery is located at No. 25, Kaman valley, off Haqqani crossroad, and Africa Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Four Iranian short films, which have previously been acclaimed at international events, are scheduled to be reviewed today during a session at the cinematheque of the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran.
      
    “Needle” and “When the Kid Was a Kid” by Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and “Duet” and “The Wind Carries Me Wherever It Wants” by Navid Danesh will also be screened during the session, which will begin at 5:00 p.m.
     
    The session will be conducted by critic Hossein Moazzezinia and filmmaker Shahram Mokri, and Danesh will also attend the meeting.
     
    Ghazvinizadeh, who is currently in New York, will participate in the session via Skype.
      
    “Needle” won the first prize of the Cinéfondation Selection at Cannes Film Festival in May 2013.
     
    The 21-minute film is about young Lilly, who is going to get her ears pierced. A quarrel between her parents overwhelms the situation and directs it differently. 
     
    “When the Kid Was a Kid” is a glimpse into the lives of a bunch of kids living in an apartment building, who entertain themselves by play-acting as their parents throwing a party. 
     
    “Duet” tells the story of Minoo, who takes her husband, Hamed, to meet his ex-sweetheart, Sepideh. This meeting revives old memories. The film was also screened in the Cinéfondation Selection this year.
     
    “The Wind Carries Me Wherever It Wants” is a six-minute animation about the acceptance and freedom of a woman and a man and their life destinies.
     
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    TEHRAN – An Indonesian cultural festival was inaugurated in Tehran’s Milad Tower on Sunday.
     
    Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh and a number of Iranian cultural officials attended the opening ceremony.
     
    A variety of programs have been arranged for the event including traditional dance and songs, film screenings, exhibitions of traditional Islamic costumes as well as a number of lectures, Persian news agencies reported on Sunday.
     
    Indonesian film screenings are accompanied with film review sessions in which a panel of Indonesian filmmakers will be attending.
     
    A number of maquettes reflecting the images of historical monuments of Indonesia are also on display at the festival.
     
    Mohammad Nuh who has arrived Iran at the head of a delegation met Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati here on Saturday.
     
    They held talks on bilateral cooperation and expansion of art and cultural relations, Jannati pointed to previous agreements signed between the two countries over the past few years and said that these agreements demonstrate the deep relations between the two countries.
     
    Holding cultural weeks in both countries can also help make each nation familiar with other country’s art and culture and also help deepen the art and cultural relations, Jannati added.
     
    “We believe culture can help connect nations, and we are making use of cultural diplomacy in developing ties,” he said.
     
    He also emphasized joint collaborations in the areas of cultural heritage, cinema, theater, education festival and exhibition. 
     
    Iran is ready to dispatch artists in different fields to Indonesia to exchange information and experience with the Indonesian artists.
     
    We need to try to introduce real Islam to the world through different media including art and culture, he said.
     
    Mohammad Nuh pointed to the historical relations between the two countries and also asked to expand relations.
     
    He said that both countries enjoy many commonalties, and bilateral cooperation can be based upon these commonalities.
     
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    TEHRAN – The International Youth Library of Munich will be playing host to an exhibition of illustrations by Iranian artists, which will open on September 27.

     
    The exhibition will be curated by Iranian illustrator Ali Buzari and Berlin-based illustrator Tom Eigenhufe.
     
    Works by 14 artists including Rashin Kheirieh, Farshid Shafiei, Reza Maktabi, Narges Mohammadi, Hassan Musavi and Fereshteh Bahrami will be showcased at the exhibit, which will be running until January 31, 2014.
     
    The event has been arranged by the Children’s Book Council of Iran and the International Youth Library of Munich, the library has announced.
     
    Iran is scheduled to host an exhibition of illustrations by German artists in May 2014.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian cartoonist Masud Shojaei Tabatabaei has won the Grand Prix at 17th Salon of Antiwar Cartoon in Kragujevac, Serbia.

     
    The Grand Prix is a €1500 cash prize he will receive for his cartoon “The Peace Messenger” during the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the National Museum of Serbia in Kragujevac on October 20.
     
    Omer Cam from Turkey won the Gold plaque of the event and the Silver plaque went to Pawel Kuczynsky from Poland.
     
    The jury members were Antonio Antunes from Portugal, Miodrag Stojilovic, Toso Borkovic, Jugoslav Vlahovic, and Spiro Radulovic from Serbia.
     
    The exhibition has been organized in memory of the heinous crime that happened in Kragujevac in 1941, when the Nazis occupying forces executed several hundreds of innocent civilians in just one day.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian theater scholars gave lectures at the International Wayang Puppet Festival, which is currently underway in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
     
    Mahtab Mahdavifar and Simin Amirian gave talks on Kheimeh Shab-Bazi, a Persian traditional puppet show performed in a small chamber by a musical performer and a person called a morshed (mentor), at the seminar section of the festival.
     
    Groups from Japan, the United States of America, Iran, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, India and Thailand are performing puppet shows during the festival, which is dedicated to traditional puppet shows. 
     
    The festival runs until September 27 at the Rumah Topeng (Mask House) in Central Banjar Tengkulak, Gianyar District. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian theater troupe Qoqnus is scheduled to perform two plays at the 13th edition of the High Fest International Performing Arts Festival, which will be running in Yerevan, Armenia from October 1 to 8.
     
    “I Love God” and “Empty Footsteps” will be directed by Amin Salari.
     
    High Fest Director Artur Ghukasyan watched “I Love God” at the Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran last year and afterwards, he invited Qoqnus to perform it at the High Fest, Salari told the Persian service of Fars News Agency on Monday.
     
    Since “Empty Footsteps” has the same cast, the play will also be staged at the festival, he added.
     
    The Qoqnus theater troupe comes from Bandar Lengeh, Hormozgan Province.
     
    A variety of troupes from different countries including Italy, Britain, Russia and Argentina will be giving their performances at the festival.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Rudaki Hall will be playing host to a festival of classical music, which will begin on Thursday.
     
    Solo, duet and trio groups from Iranian educational centers will be performing during the festival, which has been organized by the House of Urban Arts.
     
    Pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Bernhard Heiden, Franz Schubert, Achille-Claude Debussy, André Jolivet, Edward Benjamin Britten, Alban Berg, André Hossein (Aminoullah Husseinov), Mehrdad Pakbaz and several other composers will highlight the repertoires of the groups.
     
    The House of Urban Arts organized a weeklong festival of fusion music in Tehran in March.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian traditional ensemble Dastan and WDR Radio Choir of Germany will be giving performances in the two German cities of Dusseldorf and Cologne on September 28 and 29 respectively.

     
    Austrian composer and musician Rupert Huber will be conducting the group in their performances, which will be improvisations on classical and Iranian musical instruments, member of Dastan ensemble Saeid Farajpuri told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.
     
    The first part of the concert has already been performed in Dortmund on September 12, added Farajpuri who is a kamancheh player.
     
    Farajpuri also said that the ensemble will next give performances in several cities across the United States.
     
    The band features Hamid Motabassem on tar and setar, Pejman Haddadi and Reza Samani on percussion, and Hossein Behruzinia on oud. 
     
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    The opening ceremony of the Indonesian Cultural Festival was held at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Sunday, September 22. 

     
    Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh and a number of Iranian cultural officials attended the ceremony.
     
    As part of the festival, Indonesian films are being shown at the Andisheh Cultural Center and an exhibition of Indonesian culture and handicrafts is being held at Milad Tower.  
     
    At the opening ceremony, Indonesian artists gave performances of Indonesian music and dance. 
     
    At a press conference after the performances, Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh said the festival was being held to familiarize Iranians with Indonesian culture. 
     
    Nuh also said that no word is better than friendship, and thus efforts should be made to strengthen the friendship between Iran and Indonesia. 
     
    He added that an Iranian Cultural Festival will be held in Indonesia next year. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Mahtab Keramati has won the best actress award at the 8th Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) for her role in “The Fourth Child”, Iranian director Vahid Musaian’s movie on the famine and war in Somalia. 

     
    The film was screened in the international competition section of the festival, which was held from September 15 to 22 in Georgia.
     
    “The Fourth Child” is about an Iranian nurse who leaves her country to help people in the famine and war-torn country. However, she begins a career in photography to raise awareness about the human disaster.
     
    Mehdi Hashemi and Hamed Behdad are the other main members of the cast. 
     
    The film, which has been produced by the Farabi Cinema Foundation, is currently on screen at the Iranian theaters.
     
    BIAFF aims to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through the screening of new art house and non-commercial films from Georgia and abroad. 
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian theater troupe Qoqnus is scheduled to perform two plays at the 13th edition of the High Fest International Performing Arts Festival, which will be running in Yerevan, Armenia from October 1 to 8.
     
    “I Love God” and “Empty Footsteps” will be directed by Amin Salari.
     
    High Fest Director Artur Ghukasyan watched “I Love God” at the Fajr International Theater Festival in Tehran last year and afterwards, he invited Qoqnus to perform it at the High Fest, Salari told the Persian service of Fars News Agency on Monday.
     
    Since “Empty Footsteps” has the same cast, the play will also be staged at the festival, he added.
     
    The Qoqnus theater troupe comes from Bandar Lengeh, Hormozgan Province.
     
    A variety of troupes from different countries including Italy, Britain, Russia and Argentina will be giving their performances at the festival.
     
    RM/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Rudaki Hall will be playing host to a festival of classical music, which will begin on Thursday.
     
    Solo, duet and trio groups from Iranian educational centers will be performing during the festival, which has been organized by the House of Urban Arts.
     
    Pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Bernhard Heiden, Franz Schubert, Achille-Claude Debussy, André Jolivet, Edward Benjamin Britten, Alban Berg, André Hossein (Aminoullah Husseinov), Mehrdad Pakbaz and several other composers will highlight the repertoires of the groups.
     
    The House of Urban Arts organized a weeklong festival of fusion music in Tehran in March.
     
    MMS/YAW
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian traditional ensemble Dastan and WDR Radio Choir of Germany will be giving performances in the two German cities of Dusseldorf and Cologne on September 28 and 29 respectively.

     
    Austrian composer and musician Rupert Huber will be conducting the group in their performances, which will be improvisations on classical and Iranian musical instruments, member of Dastan ensemble Saeid Farajpuri told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.
     
    The first part of the concert has already been performed in Dortmund on September 12, added Farajpuri who is a kamancheh player.
     
    Farajpuri also said that the ensemble will next give performances in several cities across the United States.
     
    The band features Hamid Motabassem on tar and setar, Pejman Haddadi and Reza Samani on percussion, and Hossein Behruzinia on oud. 
     
    RM/YAW
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    The opening ceremony of the Indonesian Cultural Festival was held at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Sunday, September 22. 

     
    Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh and a number of Iranian cultural officials attended the ceremony.
     
    As part of the festival, Indonesian films are being shown at the Andisheh Cultural Center and an exhibition of Indonesian culture and handicrafts is being held at Milad Tower.  
     
    At the opening ceremony, Indonesian artists gave performances of Indonesian music and dance. 
     
    At a press conference after the performances, Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture Mohammad Nuh said the festival was being held to familiarize Iranians with Indonesian culture. 
     
    Nuh also said that no word is better than friendship, and thus efforts should be made to strengthen the friendship between Iran and Indonesia. 
     
    He added that an Iranian Cultural Festival will be held in Indonesia next year. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Mahtab Keramati has won the best actress award at the 8th Batumi International Art-House Film Festival (BIAFF) for her role in “The Fourth Child”, Iranian director Vahid Musaian’s movie on the famine and war in Somalia. 

     
    The film was screened in the international competition section of the festival, which was held from September 15 to 22 in Georgia.
     
    “The Fourth Child” is about an Iranian nurse who leaves her country to help people in the famine and war-torn country. However, she begins a career in photography to raise awareness about the human disaster.
     
    Mehdi Hashemi and Hamed Behdad are the other main members of the cast. 
     
    The film, which has been produced by the Farabi Cinema Foundation, is currently on screen at the Iranian theaters.
     
    BIAFF aims to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through the screening of new art house and non-commercial films from Georgia and abroad. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian movie “The Adventure of the Married Couple” will go on screen at the 61st San Sebastian Film Festival, which is currently underway in Spain.
     
    Directed by Keyvan Karimi, the film will be shown at the 12th International Film Students Meeting, which will be held on the sidelines of the festival from September 25 to 27.
     
    The film is based on a story by Italian writer Italo Calvino and is a poetic variation on the daily routine in black and white.
     
    It is the story of couples who are living together and both work to make ends meet. The man works night shifts and the woman works during the day. They have to work all week even on weekends and whenever one of them comes home the other must get ready to leave.
     
    The 12th International Film Students Meeting aims to shed light on the work of students from film schools across the world. 
     
    The meeting saw the participation of 138 short films from 63 schools in 26 countries including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iran and Switzerland.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iran’s “Berlin -7”, about an Iraqi family forced to emigrate in the aftermath of the U.S.-led war, will be competing in two international film festivals in Spain and Brazil in October.
     
    A production of the Visual Media Institute, the film will first be screened in the competition section of the 58th edition of the Valladolid International Film Festival running from October 19 to 26 in Spain.
     
    It will also go on screen in the Sao Paulo International Film Festival in Brazil running from October 18 to 31, the institute announced in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    Directed by Ramtin Lavafipur, most of the film has been shot in Berlin with an Iranian-German cast.
     
    The film tells the story of Atef whose wife is killed during the war. His son, Kazem, who witnesses his mother’s death, is suffering from a form of mental shock, and his daughter, Najmeh, is arrested by Iraqi forces on suspicion of planning acts of sabotage. 
     
    They finally leave their country to seek refuge in Berlin. However, some other problems arise.
     
    The film premiered in Tehran at the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in February 2013. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- Elaheh Hesari from Iran and Jordis Triebel from Germany shared the best actress award at the 9th Eurasia International Film Festival, which was held from September 17 to 22 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, announced organizers on Sunday.

     
    The award was jointly presented to Hessari for her part in Alireza Amini’s “Do Not Worry Sara” and Triebel for her role in Lars Kraume’s “My Sisters”. 
     
    Elaheh Hesari, Behrang Alavi, Siavash Jafari, Parvin Maleki, Khosro Shahraz and Danial Moqaddam star in the film.
     
    The grand prix of the festival went to “In Bloom”, a joint production of Germany, France and Georgia, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Gross.
     
    The film is set in the early 1990s in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 
     
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    TEHRAN -- An Iranian painter has put on display at Tehran’s Etemad Gallery his latest collection on the theme of the vague characters of the royals and politicians.

     
    Mehrdad Moheb-Ali has painted the characters and all objects around them as blurry images to show the theme he intends to highlight in the collection.
     
    The collection contains paintings of foreign figures from Vladimir Putin and Queen Elizabeth to Winston Churchill and Lenin, and a number Iranians including Mohammad Mosaddeq and Qaajr king Nasser ad-Din Shah.
     
    “A subject that has become my main concern over the past few years is the history,” Moheb-Ali told the Persian service of MNA on Monday.
     
    “History is not always honest. Sure, you have heard this proverb ‘History is written by the victors’. It means what have that has been written in the history books is not very reliable,” he added.
     
    “I painted the individuals as blurry images. They are recognizable. However, it is not clear what their characters are,” he stated.
     
    Moheb-Ali has also portrayed a number of cultural figures and writers for the collection including Professor Mahmud Hessabi and Karl Marx.
     
    “I am not interested in politics at all, but we should accept that history is political rather than cultural,” he said.
     
    He said that he never repeat any theme after displaying his collections in the exhibitions.
     
    “I believe that artists have shown whatever they wanted to tell about a theme in the exhibitions of their collections. However, I don’t know why my mind is still busy with the theme (the vague characters of officials) and I am still searching in history,” Moheb-Ali stated.  
     
    The exhibition runs until Friday at the gallery located at 4 Bukan St. off Sadeqi Qomi St., near Yasser Square in the Niavaran neighborhood.
     
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