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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s Deputy Culture Minister for Cultural Affairs Seyyed Abbas Salehi along with a group of Iranian publishers arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday to become familiar with the printing industry in the country.
     
    The group visited a number of Afghan publishers and cultural centers in the private sector and attended a dinner party arranged yesterday by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Information and Culture.
     
    Union of Tehran Publishers and Booksellers Secretary Mahmud Amuzegar, children’s book publishers representative Mohammad-Hossein Mohammadi, educational publishers representative Hassan Qorbani, and academic publishers representative Shahruz Gahvareh are among the members of the delegation.   
     
    Salehi and the Iranian delegation are also scheduled to attend a ceremony that will conclude the Afghan city of Ghazni’s tenure of selection as the 2013 Capital of Islamic Culture.
     
    Located about 140 kilometers south of Kabul, Ghazni was selected Ghazni as the capital of Islamic culture for 2013 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). 
     
    Sharjah is the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2014.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s Visual Media Institute plans to release a package of top movies by three Iranian female filmmakers in the near future.
     
    The package will contain several movies by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Tahmineh Milani and Puran Derakhshandeh, Managing Director of the institute Hossein Mosafer-Astaneh told the Persian service of MNA on Saturday.
     
    “We are currently negotiating with the film producers and are determined to release CDs of high quality in the near future,” he said.
     
    He added that one of the major activities of the institute is to collect top cinematic productions to help preserve the works.
     
    Mosafer-Astaneh also stated that the institute has previously released a package of movies by filmmakers Masud Kimiaii, Kiumars Purahmad and Rasul Mollaqolipur.
     
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    TEHRAN – Five Iranian animations will go on screen at the 1st edition of the Chennai International Short Film Festival, which is currently underway in India.
     
    “The Borderline” directed by Mohammad Kandi “Why Doesn’t This Telephone Ever Ring?” by Hadi Yaqinlu and “The Night Song” by Moin Samadi have been selected for the competition section.
     
    In addition, “The Kitten” directed by Shiva Sadeq-Asadi and “Here Is the Money for the Fish” by Ali Hosseinkhan and Morteza Ahmadvand will go on screen in the noncompetition section of the festival.
     
    The Chennai International Short Film Festival, which will come to end today, has been organized by the Chennai Academy of Motion Pictures. 
     
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    TEHRAN – A selection of works by the contemporary Iranian poet Hassan Qaribi have been published in Cyrillic in a book in Tajikistan. 

     
    The poems have been selected by the Tajik scholar Nur-Ali Nurzad for the book entitled “Ambushed Allies”.
     
    Nasher, a publishing company in the Tajik city of Khujand, has published the book.
     
    Qaribi’s poems have been previously published in several Tajik literary magazines in the country.
     
    The poems have been selected from Qaribi’s collection of poems “To Nowhere Land of These Roads” and “We Are the Martyrs of One Happening”.
     
    He is also the author of the “Persian-Cyrillic Spelling Dictionary”.
     
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    TEHRAN – Iranian scholars will come together for a seminar on February 25 in Sanandaj, the capital of the northwestern Iranian province of Kordestan, to discuss works rendered into Persian by the two Iranian Kurdish translators Mohammad Qazi and Ebrahim Yunesi.

     
    Articles on identity, politics and ideology in works by Yunesi and Qazi, their roles in creating new genres in contemporary literature, their share in introducing Western literature, and their style of translation will be presented during the three-day seminar, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Saturday.
     
    Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, and several scholars including Mahmud Dowlatabadi, Mir Jalaleddin Kazzazi and Karim Zamani are expected to attend the opening ceremony, which will be held at the Public Libraries Office.
     
    In addition, several literary scholars from Iraqi Kurdistan have also been invited to the colloquium.
     
    Qazi (1913-1998) was born in Mahabad, a Kurdish city in West Azarbaijan Province. He moved to Tehran and continued his studies where he developed a lasting love for literature and became proficient in the French language.
     
    Qazi graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Tehran in 1939. Although, Qazi was sufficiently familiar with English, French remained his language of choice. 
     
    He is remembered as a “distinguished man of letters” and as a translator who will be “irreplaceable for many years to come”.
     
    “Mother” (Pearl Buck), “Don Quixote” (Miguel de Cervantes), “Madame Bovary” (Gustave Flaubert), “The Call of the Wild” (Jack London) and “Le Petit Prince” (Antoine de Saint Exupery) are among his praiseworthy translations. 
     
    Born in Baneh, Kordestan Province, Yunesi (1927-2012) translated several books on literary criticism including “Aspects of the Novel” by E.M. Foster, “The Complexion of Russian Literature: A Cento” by Andrew Field and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “A Writer’s Diary”.
     
    “My Mother Has Cried Twice”, “The Stranger’s Cemetery”, “A Winter without Spring”, “Dada Shirin”, “Welcome” and “Pray for Arman” are some of the books he has written during his career.
     
    He also translated a number of world literary classics into Persian including Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, Alexandre Dumas’ “The Three Musketeers” and Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations”.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Tehran’s Malek Museum and Library will be displaying a collection of Persian historical calendars in an exhibition, which will open tomorrow.
     
    Different types of historical calendars including agricultural calendars, fishing calendars, and local calendars are among the items to go on show in the exhibit, the museum announced in a press release on Sunday.
     
    Entitled “Circulation of Time”, the exhibit helps visitors become more acquainted with Persian calendars and their details, and become more familiar with different matters such as Noruz (the Iranian New Year) calculations, and solar or lunar eclipses
     
    The exhibit will be running until late April.
     
    The Malek Museum and Library is located in downtown Tehran at Mashq Square, which is home to several Qajar era monuments. The building and almost all its artifacts were donated by the Qajar era tradesman Hossein Malek, to the guardianship of the shrine of Imam Reza (AS) to be converted into a museum and library.
     
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    TEHRAN – A number of theatrical figures attended the Saturday opening ceremony of a theater, which has been named after veteran actor Jamshid Mashayekhi.
     
    The hall belongs to the Maan Artistic Creation Center, a private art institute located on Vali-e Asr Boulevard, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Sunday.
     
    Hadi Marzban, Qotbeddin Sadeqi, Manijeh Mahamedi, Masud Delkhah and Mohammadreza Khaki were among those who attended the event.
     
    The ceremony began with the screening of a documentary in which theatrical figures, including Iraj Raad, Sohrab Salimi, Hadi Marzban and Rahmat Amini, briefly discuss Mashayekhi and his artistic works and character.
     
    Speaking in the opening ceremony, Marzban said that one can hardly talk about Mashayekhi in words, and that several books must be written about the actor.
     
    Stage actor and director Qotbeddin Sadeqi made a brief speech saying that Mashayekhi’s acting stands in a lofty national position, revealing his efforts and creativity over many decades.
     
    The ceremony continued with the staging of part of the play “What Happened That I Ate the Snake” by Golbarg Abutorabian.
     
    Speaking briefly, Mashayekhi also said that he pays attention to morality more than anything else, “a veteran is the individual who has good morals.”
     
    A plaque of honor was next handed to Mashayekhi by actor Parviz Purhosseini.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Iranian director Tahmineh Milani has began making a sequel to “Ceasefire”, her acclaimed film that broke box office records in Iran in 2006. 

     
    “Ceasefire 2” is about the encounter of a young educated couple with their former family counselor after some years, during which the couple reviews their lives and some of the dramatic events that happened over the past years.
     
    The film is currently being shot on location in Tehran.
     
    Bahram Radan, Mitra Hajjar, Atila Pesyani, Mehraneh Mahin-Torabi and Pejman Jamshidi star in the film.
     
    Mohammad Nikbin, Milani’s husband, is the producer of the film.
     
    Milani wrote the screenplay for “Ceasefire” based on American writer and art therapist Lucia Capacchione’s “Recovery of Your Inner Child”. 
     
    Starring Mohammadreza Golzar and Mahnaz Afshar, the film tells the story of a young couple who are seeking a divorce, but end up realizing that they just need to face their inner child to overcome their problems.
     
    In most of her films, Milani shows men oppressing women in some way. Consequently, the 53-year-old director has been labeled as the feminist filmmaker of Iranian cinema.
     
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    TEHRAN -- The Iranian director Abdolhassan Barzideh, mostly known for his movies on the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, has focused on the infamous story of the murder of Iranian diplomats and a journalist in Mazar-i-Sharif in 1998, in his new project entitled “Mazar-i-Sharif”.

     
    The story refers to the siege of the Iranian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif during the capture of the northern Afghan city by Taliban forces on August 8, 1998.
     
    Ten Iranian diplomats and a journalist were killed by Sipah-e-Sahaba, a Pakistani Sunni group with close ties to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence. A diplomat named Allahdad Shahsavan narrowly escaped death. An Afghan family helped him reach Iran after 19 days of walking on a dangerous route.
     
    An interview with Shahsavan inspired Barzideh to spotlight the subject in 1998. However, he was unable to realize his plan to make a movie about the story due to the political sensitivity of the issue.   
     
    The shooting of the film began on Saturday on location in Karaj, a city about 40 kilometers west of Tehran, producer Manuchehr Shahsavari said in a press conference.
     
    Hossein Yari plays the role of Shahsavan and Farhad Aslani plays the part of an Iranian intelligence agent in the movie. In addition, Ebrahim Barzideh plays the role of Mahmud Saremi, the correspondent for IRNA who was killed at the Iranian consulate.   
     
    The cast and crew will move to Mazar-i-Sharif and a desert near the Iranian city of Kerman in the near future to take some scenes.
     
    Over 1500 Afghans have been hired to act as extras in the project. They have been taught in an educational center, which was established by an Afghan migrant in Iran.
     
    Barzideh has consulted Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkhan to avoid likely misunderstandings about the story.
     
    “There were some sensitive questions, with which the Foreign Ministry dealt effectively and let the story go on its way,” Barzideh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The acclaimed Iranian psychodrama “Cat and Fish” won the best film and critics’ awards at the 13th !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival, Persian news agencies reported on Monday. 
     
    Eight movies from other countries were also screened in the international competition section of the festival, which ended on Sunday evening.
     
    “Cat and Fish” tells the story of a group of students, who travel to a remote region to participate in a kite-flying event. Next to their camp by the lakeside, they find a restaurant with cooks that treat the students with suspicion. Bizarre events lead to a complicated situation from which the students cannot escape.
     
    “Cat and Fish” has received accolades at several international events. It won the special jury prize at the 10th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in December 2013. 
     
    It also won the best film award at the 13th Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival in Portugal on November 18.
     
    The 70th Venice International Film Festival honored the film with the Special Orizzonti Award for Innovative Content in September.
     
    In addition, a jury of the Turkish Film Critics Association also decided to grant the film a Special Jury Award.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Italian scholar Angelo M. Piemontese has authored a book on the vestiges of Persian artworks and culture in the history of Rome.
     
    Entitled “La Persia Istoriata in Roma” (The Persian History in Rome), the book has recently been released by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) in Italy.
     
    The book traces the vestiges of Persian history in Italian archaeological sites, churches, gravestones, paintings, palaces, plays and musical dramas.
     
    The research indicates that there are common historical roots and similarities in the structure of monuments between the Iranian and Roman civilizations.
     
    Piemontese is a professor at the Italian Institute of Oriental Studies at the Sapienza University in Rome.
     
    He is the author of many publications in Iranian and Islamic studies.
     
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    TEHRAN – A Collection of photos and films by Jean Gaumy, the French photographer and filmmaker, is being shown at the Image of the Year Exhibition underway at the Iranian Artists Forum (IAF).
     
    The works went on display during a ceremony held in the Naseri Hall of the forum on Sunday attended by Jean Gaumy and secretary of the exhibit Seifollah Samadian, IAF reported in a press release on Monday.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Samadian talked about Jean Gaumy, who has been associated with Magnum Photos since 1977, and his activities.
     
    Magnum Photos is a photographic cooperative of great diversity and distinction owned by its photographer members. With powerful individual vision, Magnum photographers chronicle the world and interpret its peoples, events, issues and personalities.
     
    Jean Gaumy also expressed his happiness in attending the exhibition and said that he is delighted to be back in Iran after several years. Since late 1980s, Jean Gaumy has frequently traveled to Iran.
     
    He added that he has selected the best photos published by French publisher Robert Delpire, who also serves as Director of the French “Centre National de la Photographie”.
     
    Jean Gaumy was also a jury member of the photography section of the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, which ran in Tehran from February 3 to 24.
     
    The Image of the Year Exhibition, which opened on Friday, will be running until March 11 in the forum located on Musavi St., Taleqani Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Naoki Hyakuta, the Japanese author of “The Man Who Was Called a Pirate”, and Habib Ahmadzadeh, the Iranian author of “Chess with the Doomsday Machine”, met at The Tehran Peace Museum on Saturday to discuss works which promote nationalism in the countries of the two writers.

     
    “The Man Who Was Called a Pirate” is a historical novel based on the Nissho Maru Incident, in which the Japanese oil company Idemitsu won a court case against the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in 1953 when Iran was involved in a dispute with Great Britain after nationalizing its oil industry. 
     
    The incident helped Japan restore its confidence, which had been lost in the aftermath of World War II.
     
    “Hyakuta has written an amazing novel based on the incident, which sold about 2 million copies in 2013 and was Japan’s bestseller of the year,” Ahmadzadeh said.
     
    “This book should be translated into Persian and its story should also be turned into a film in order to recollect some historical events for the current Iranian younger generation,” he added.
     
    Part of the story is set in Ahmadzadeh’s homeland Abadan, a city in southwest Iran. The story of “Chess with the Doomsday Machine” is also set in the city during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    “Chess with the Doomsday Machine” is about a young man, who stays in Abadan to defend his hometown, which has been attacked by Iraqi forces. 
     
    An English version of the novel translated by the U.S. scholar Paul Sprachman has previously released by Mazda Publications.  
     
    Hyakuta and Ahmadzadeh exchanged books at the meeting, which was attended a number of Iranian literati and Japanese diplomats.  
     
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    TEHRAN – Spanish cartoonist David Vera Cervera won the Golden Tooba (Tree of Heaven) in the cartoon section at the 6th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, the organizers announced during the closing ceremony on Sunday. 

     
    Yaser Khanbaray from Iran won the prize in the caricature section.
     
    Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati, Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani and a number of art and cultural figures attended the ceremony, which took place at Vahdat Hall.
     
    Speaking at the ceremony, Jannati said that it is the duty of officials to provide the means to better introduce artistic productions of the country to the world.
     
    He added that prominent Iranian artists especially the youth can bring honor to their country in the international arena.
     
    The winners in other sections were all from Iran.
     
    Fatemeh Shakeri received the Golden Tooba in the painting section.
     
    The calligraphy section was composed of three subsections of nastaliq, shekasteh-nastaliq, and naskh and thulth. Ali Kheiri Habibabadi, Zabihollah Loloii-Mehr and Majid Dastani received the awards in these sections respectively.
     
    The prize in the miniature section was presented to Hossein Habibi, the prize in the gol-o-morgh section was won by Akram Ziaii, and the prize in the illumination section went to Bahram Mehraban-Kordestan.
     
    Majid Ziaii and Mohammad-Ali Sajjadi shared the award in the pottery section.
     
    The Golden Tooba in the sculpture section was given to Amir-Mehdi Ansari and the prize in the illustration section went to Atefeh Malekiju.
     
    The jury also honored artists in the various fields with second and third prizes during the ceremony  
     
    The event came to an end with the honoring of six Iranian artists with lifetime achievement awards.
     
    Illustrator Gholamali Maktabi, graphic designer Ebrahim Haqiqi, miniaturist Mohammad-Baqer Aqamiri, cartoonist Javad Alizadeh, sculptor Taher Sheikholhokamaii and painter Iraj Eskandari received the awards from Jannati. 
     
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    TEHRAN – The Tehran Choir and the Bahman Cultural Center’s Choir and a children’s choir of 20 singers have teamed up to perform Carmina Burana, a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff, at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall for three nights next week.
     
    The 200-member choir will be conducted by Mehdi Qasemi during the concerts, which will begin on March 7, the Persian service of MNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana.
     
    The Tehran Choir was established in 1999 by Qasemi and has so far performed Iranian and Western classic songs. They have also collaborated with contemporary musicians in their concerts.
     
    Bahman Cultural Center’s Choir was established in 2001, and has also far received several awards in several editions of Fajr International Music Festival. Arash Fallahi is the conductor of the choir.
     
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    TEHRAN – The Qasr Garden Museum will hold the First Tehran Painting Symposium on the theme of “Freedom and My City Tehran” from March 1 to 6.
     
    Twelve works have been selected from submissions by 94 artists across Iran for the symposium, museum director Mohammadreza Saeidi said in a press conference on Monday.
     
    He stated that two winners would be chosen and announced on March 7, adding that the selected works would be kept at the museum’s storehouse.
     
    The museum is located on Police St. off Shariati Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN – Tribute will be paid to the prominent Iranian lexicographer Allameh Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda (1879–1956) in a meeting to be held today at the Dehkhoda Lexicon Institute in Tehran.
     
    Dehkhoda was an Iranian linguist, and author of the most comprehensive Persian language dictionary ever published.

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    TEHRAN -- Works by Iranian miniaturist Zahra Namvar and painter Khadijeh Hajilu will be put on display in an exhibition at the Shanghai Mass Art Center from March 5 to 10.
     
    The exhibition, which will also showcase works by a number of Chinese female artists, has been organized by Iran’s Islamic Culture and Relations Organization to commemorate March 8 which is International Women’s Day.
     
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    TEHRAN – Four international musicians have collaborated with the Iranian vocalist Homayun Shajarian and composer and string instrumentalist Tahmures Purnazari in their new album, “Neither Angel nor Devil Am I”.
     
    One track of the album, which will be released by Iran-Gam Publications on March 8, has been composed by the U.S. musician David K. Garner.
     
    Indian sitar virtuoso Shujaat Husain Khan, Venezuelan flautist Pedro Eustache and U.S. blues guitarist Jimmy Johnson have also performed on this album.
     
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    TEHRAN – A Persian book containing the Holy Quran’s guidelines on food, its usage and value has recently been released in Mashhad by Ahang-e Qalam Publications. 

     
    Written by Mostafa Bayan, “Food in the Quran” focuses on the advantages of the variety of foods and fruits that have been mentioned in the verses of the Holy Quran or in the hadiths from the Imams (AS).
     
    The book provides readers with more information about the usage and value of different fruits such as pomegranates, figs, grapes, onions and olives, the Persian service of IRNA reported on Tuesday.
     
    Bayan, who has studied the food industry, believes that the direct influence of food and nutrition on human health has long been studied, and that man has found the most appropriate form of nutrition over the years.
     
    Man eats food and grows, gaining experience and learning how to live a longer and healthier life, the writer has written in the book.
     
    Eating is quite natural, but if there is no balance or variety in food, it will lead to nutritional diseases, hunger and malnutrition.
     
    Islam not only pays special attention to the health of the spirit, but also the body, particularly nutrition. Hence, if a food is harmful to the body it is forbidden while all other good foods are recommended.
     
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