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Tehran Times - Iran's Leading International Daily

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    TEHRAN – Tehran’s Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art is playing host to a photo exhibition, which shows the aftermath of air and missile attacks by Iraqi forces on Iranian cities during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
     
    A selection of 70 photos by 50 photographers has been put on display in an exhibit entitled “House on Fire”, museum official Ehsan Omrani told the Persian service of MNA on Sunday.
     
    Several photos also reflect the aftermath of the mustard gas attack on the Iranian town of Sardasht in northwest Iran by Iraqi forces in June 1987, Omrani added.
     
    Mojtaba Aqaii, Jasem Ghazbanpur, Seifollah Samadian, Hamd Nateq, Mehdi Monem and Mehrzad Atashi are among the photographers whose photos are being exhibited.
     
    The photos reflect the deep tragedy experienced for a time by several cities in southern region of the country such as Khorramshahr.
     
    The exhibit, which opened on May 25, will be running until June 21 at the museum located at 64 Mozaffar Bros. St., off Taleqani Ave., near Felestin Square.
     
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    TEHRAN – A collection entitled “Art Breathing in the Air of Football” with the central theme of the World Cup is currently on display in an exhibition at Tehran’s Jinus Gallery.

     
    The collection contains twenty-one paintings by Forugh Khoshnevis.
     
    “I have always been interested in social issues, and these days the world is under the influence of the (2014) World Cup (in Brazil) so I decided to focus on football,” Khoshnevis told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday. 
     
    “I became interested in football when I was watching a European football match. There is a beauty in the game of football, and a person can notice this beauty if she/he becomes better acquainted with football,” she added. 
     
    Khoshnevis also added that she has tried to make more use of color in her works to reflect the excitement of football, and to use elements in her paintings that are both real and symbolic.
     
    The exhibit opened on May 29 and will be running until June 3 in the gallery located at 21 Fatemei St., off Vali-e Asr Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Veteran documentarian Kamran Shirdel, who is mostly known for “The Women’s Quarter” and “Tehran Is the Capital of Iran”, was honored Saturday for his lifetime achievements during the closing ceremony of the 11th Nahal Student Short Film Festival in Tehran.

     
    The ceremony was hosted by student Bahram Omrani, who said that it was hard for the organizers to convince Shirdel to hold the commemoration.
     
    “However, he finally agreed after he learned that students are the main organizers of the festival,” Omrani said.
     
    Filmmakers Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Kianush Ayyari and a number of other veteran cineastes joined the students at the ceremony, which was held at Eyvan Shams Hall.
     
    “Shirdel taught me how to look at issues in context,” Bani-Etemad said in a short speech.
     
    “I cannot recall any works by Shirdel… but I learned from him not to imitate anyone in filmmaking,” Ayyari stated.
     
    Afterwards, Shirdel, 75, came on the stage and said, “All the remarks mentioned about me are just compliments.”
     
    “Anyway, I should say that this night is very important for me,” he added.
     
    The New York-based Iranian filmmaker Amir Naderi also sent an audio message to the ceremony.
     
    “Kamran Shirdel is one of the pioneers of modern cinema in Iran, and in my opinion, he is also one of its victims. He is someone who has thought about cinema every waking moment, but he has not been given the opportunity to work,” Naderi said.
     
    He added that if Shirdel didn’t make all things he wanted, but he trained many filmmakers.
     
    “He opened my eyes to modern art and I owe a great deal to him,” Naderi stated.
     
    The ceremony went on with the screening of a video about Shirdel’s “Women’s Prison” (1965), “Tehran Is the Capital of Iran” (1966-1979), “The Women’s Quarter” (1966–1980), and “The Night It Rained” (1967–1974). 
     
    Since the mid-1960s, Shirdel has made bold documentary films that address everyday issues of his native Iran, influencing an entire generation of contemporary Iranian filmmakers. 
     
    He was originally hired as a filmmaker for the Ministry of Culture and Art under Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi in the 1960s, but over the decades his films have at times been banned, censored and confiscated.
      
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  • 06/02/14--07:14: Art news in brief

  • Iranian, Spanish singers team up to perform at Suma Flamenca

    TEHRAN – Iranian vocalist Mohammad Motamedi and Spanish flamenco singer Rosario La Tremendita have teamed up to perform a concert at the 9th Suma Flamenca, a flamenco music festival, which will held in Madrid from June 4 to July 3.

    Guitarist Salvador Gutiérrez, percussionists Oruco palmas and Luis Amador, double bassist Jordi Gaspar from Spain, kemancheh player Sina Jahanabadi and daf virtuoso Habib Meftah Bushehri will accompany them during the performance, which will held at Teatro de La Abadia on June 10.

    Raphael Minaskanian to perform piano recital at Rudaki Hall
     
    TEHRAN -- The prominent Iranian pianist Raphael Minaskanian will perform a recital of classical favorites at Tehran’s Rudaki Hall on June 13.

    He will perform pieces by Chopin, Schubert and Beethoven during his concert.

    Tehran’s Vahdat Hall hosted his recital on May 23.

    Iranian films line up for Zanzibar festvial

    TEHRAN -- Six Iranian films will go on screen during the 14th Zanzibar International Film Festival, which will be held in Tanzania from June 14 to 22.

    The films are “Little Hero” by Sadeq Sadeq-Daqiqi, “Taj Mahal” by Danesh Eqbashavi, “The Last Winter” by Salem Salavati, “The Invisible Rooms” by Ehsan Jafari, “The Next Morning” by Ali Hashemi and “Emergency Exit” by Mehdi Jafari.

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    TEHRAN – Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) has issued licenses for 20 international networks to produce programs about the historical sites of Iran.

    Several networks and reporters from France, Germany, Japan, the United States, Kuwait, Lebanon, Sweden and South Korea have obtained licenses from the CHTHO over the past few months, CHTHO Public Relations Office Director Amin Arefnia said in a press release on Monday.

    He added that Tehran and its palace museums of Niavaran, Sadabad, Golestan, as well as the provinces of Isfahan, Gilan, Fars and Yazd have been the center of attention.

    France 2, the French public national television channel, has produced reports about the attractions of Tehran, Fars, Yazd and Isfahan, while the Associated Press, the American multinational news agency, has made a report on Golestan Palace complex, a historical site registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    Moreover, the American network CBS has made a report about Tehran and its numerous museums, and the German television broadcaster ZDF has portrayed Isfahan and its attractions.

    The Wall Street Journal has concentrated on natural attractions of Fars and Yazd, he added.

    Last year, several networks including Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), the Italian news agency ANSA, and Al Mayadeen TV channel of Lebanon produced several reports and documentaries about Iran.

    These reports and documentaries will help greatly to introduce Iran to the world and help to attract more tourists to the country, he concluded.

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    TEHRAN -- A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran.

    An archaeological team led by Leili Niakan has been carrying out a second season of rescue excavation since March after the Seimareh Dam came on stream, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.

    The team plans to save ancients artifacts and gather information about the ancient sites, which are being submerged by the dam that became operational in early March.

    This system, which comprises a small pool and an earthenware pipeline, was discovered on the eastern beach of the dam on the border between Ilam Province and Lorestan Province, Niakan said.

    Part of the water system has been submerged as the water level has risen. However, the team covered that part of the system beforehand to save it for more archaeological excavations while the dam is out of commission.

    Each earthenware conduit measures about one meter in length and it is likely that they were made and baked in this region, Niakan stated.

    The team is still working on the site to unearth the rest of pipeline, which may lead the archaeologists to the source of pipeline, she added.

    Over 100 sites dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Stone Age, Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic periods were identified at the dam’s reservoir in 2007.

    Afterwards, 40 archaeological teams from the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) were assigned to carry out Iran’s largest rescue excavation operation on the 40 ancient sites at the reservoirs of the dam in the first season.

    Signs of the Mesopotamians’ influence in the region were also identified by studies carried out on the ancient strata at the reservoir.

    Most of the sites have been flooded by the dam and the rest will go under water after the filling of the dam is completed.

     
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    TEHRAN -- A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran.

     
    An archaeological team led by Leili Niakan has been conducting the second season of their rescue excavation since March, when the Seimareh Dam came on stream, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.
     
    The team plans to save ancient artifacts and gather information about the ancient sites that are being submerged by the reservoir of the dam, which became operational in early March. 
     
    This system, which comprises a small pool and an earthenware pipeline, was discovered on the eastern shore of the reservoir of the dam on the border between Ilam Province and Lorestan Province, Niakan said.
     
    Niakan said part of the water system has been submerged as the water level has risen. However, the team covered that part of the system beforehand to save it for future archaeological excavations when the dam is put out of commission, she added.
     
    Each earthenware conduit measures about one meter in length, and it is likely that they were made and baked in this region, Niakan stated.
     
    The team is still working on the site to unearth the rest of the pipeline, which may lead the archaeologists to the source of the pipeline, she added.
     
    Over 100 sites dating back to the Neolithic, Bronze, Copper, and Stone ages and the Parthian, Sassanid, and early Islamic eras were identified in the projected area of the dam’s reservoir in 2007.
     
    Afterwards, 40 archaeological teams from the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) were assigned to conduct rescue excavation operations at the 40 ancient sites in the area in the first season. 
     
    Signs of Mesopotamian influence in the region were also identified by studies conducted on the ancient strata of the area. 
     
    Most of the sites have been flooded by the reservoir of the dam, and the rest will descend beneath the water after the filling of the reservoir is completed.
      
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  • 06/06/14--06:31: What’s in art galleries
  • Painting 
     
    * Paintings by Bijan Akhgar are currently on display in an exhibition at the Asar Gallery.
     
    The exhibition will run until June 27 at the gallery located at 16 Barforushan St. off Iranshahr Street.
     
    * Works by a group of painters are currently on show in an exhibition at the Mehrva Gallery.
     
    Members of the group are Zahra Yazdani, Mahtab Mozayyan, Hoda Dorudian, Zahra Zonuz, Mitra Asadi and Maryam Asadi.
     
    The exhibit will run until June 16 at the gallery located at 38 Azodi St., off Karimkhan Ave.
     
    * An exhibition of paintings by a group of artists is currently underway at the Mah-e Mehr Gallery.
     
    The exhibit will continue until June 16 at the gallery, which can found at 7 Nilufar St., off Africa Ave.
     
     
    Installation/photo
     
    * The Tarrahan-e Azad Gallery is currently playing host to an exhibition of installation works and photos by Puya Parsa.
     
    The exhibit will run until June 11 at the gallery, which can be found at 41 Salmas Square, off Fatemi St.
     
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    TEHRAN – A film of a performance of the play “Old Songs”, which was staged by the celebrated Iranian director and playwright Mohammad Rahmanian in Tehran in September 2013, will go on screen at the Qolhak Cinema Complex on June 11 to raise funds for child workers.
     
    Rahmanian, along with members of the cast and crew, will be attending the screening, the Persian service of ILNA reported on Friday.
     
    The screening has been organized by the Qolhak Cinema Complex in collaboration with the Association for the Protection of Child Laborers.
     
    Ali Omrani, Mahtab Nassirpur, Habib Rezaii, Afshin Hashemi, Ali Sarabi, Ashkan Khatibi, Bahareh Moshiri and Masumeh Rahmani are the main members of the cast.
      
    Composer Fardin Khalatbari, pianist Saman Ehteshami and vocalist Ali Zand-Vakili also accompanied the cast during their performances.
     
    “Old Songs” consists of seven parts. Each part has a special plot that takes place in one of the popular neighborhoods in Tehran, and a group of musicians perform pieces between two parts of the play.
     
    The play was staged at the ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) from September 2 to 13.
     
    The Qolhak Cinema Complex is located on Yakhchal St., Shariati Ave.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Madrid last week.

     
    The MOU was signed by CHTHO Director Masoud Soltanifar and UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the UNWTO Headquarters in Madrid on Tuesday.
     
    Development of electronic tourism, marketing and finding new strategies to attract more tourists, establishment of UNWTO office in Tehran, and expansion of marine tourism were the major topics mentioned in the agreement, Soltanifar told the Persian service of IRNA.
     
    Expansion of collaboration between Iran and UNWTO and arrangements of sessions to be attended by experts were also among the other topics discussed at the meeting, he said.
     
    Soltanifar said that Iran has great potential to attract foreign tourists, adding that UNWTO can support and give technical help to Iran for further cooperation.
     
    Soltanifar also pointed out that the entry of European tourists to Iran has risen 240 percent for the past months compared to the same period last year, calling it a great achievement for the country.
     
    “All the documents and reports indicate the fact that there is a high tendency among the foreign tourists to come visit Iran”, he mentioned.
     
    Soltanifar next traveled to Santiago de Compostela from Madrid to attend the 98th Session of the Executive Council (EC) of UNWTO, which ran from June 4 to 6.
     
    The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations’ agency, which plays an important role in sustainable growth of the tourism industry and helps in the field of information exchange.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian films have won six awards at the 1st Erbil International Film Festival, which was held in the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government during last week.

     
    “The Last Winter” directed by Salem Salavati was crowned the best film, Persian news agencies announced on Friday. 
     
    The film is about a former mayor who still feels responsible for the depopulated village he once served. Many of his neighbors have left since they dammed the valley, and he takes care of their property.
     
    In addition, Peyman Moadi was presented the best director award for his “Snow on the Pines” and Mahnaz Afshar won the best actress award for the portrayal of a piano teacher in this movie.
     
    The special jury award went to director Ruhollah Hejazi for “The Wedlock” and the best screenplay award was presented to “No Where No Body” written by Ahmad Rafizadeh. 
     
    Mohammadreza and Meysam Muini won the best editor award for their collaboration in “No Where No Body”.
     
    Iranian director Tahmineh Milani was the president of the jury of the festival, which was from May 30 to June 3.
     
    Yagiz Yavru won the best cinematographer award for his collaboration in “Cold” (“Soguk”) by Turkish filmmaker Ugur Yucel.
     
    The best Kurdish film award was given to “Death Triangle” directed by Adnan Osman from Kurdistan.
     
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    TEHRAN – An installation of a huge bean, inspired by a Korean love story and created by Iranian land artist Mahmud Maktabi, has enchanted visitors at the Wongol Nature Art House in Gongju, South Korea.
     
    Based on a traditional love story, South Koreans believe any individual who falls in love turns blind, and the bean is the symbol of this story, Maktabi told the Persian service of ILNA on Saturday.
     
    The visitors can enter the 3x5 meter bean with closed eyes and touch the walls and find things about love, he said, adding that the installation was very meaningful for the Korean visitors.
     
    Entitled “A Story about Love”, the month-long exhibit opened on Friday with a performance about the story of Shirin and Farhad.
     
    Shirin and Farhad is a love story written by Vahshi Bafqi, a Persian poet of the Safavid era, who was inspired by “Khosrow-o-Shirin” written by Nezami Ganjavi (c. 1141-1209 CE)
     
    “This exhibit helps develop cultural relations between the countries, and we need to try to introduce our culture to other countries,” he said.
     
    Maktabi along with a number of international artists and critics were invited to the Global Nomadic Art Project initiated by the Korean Nature Art Association, YATOO in April.
     
    Maktabi created a collection of artworks including installations, paintings and photos during his month-long stay in South Korea.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Two Iranian films will go on screen at the 49th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which will be held from July 4 to 12.
     
    “On A Le Temp” directed by Abdorreza Kahani will compete in the Forum of Independents section and “Fish and Cat” by Shahram Mokri will go on screen in the Horizons section. 
     
    The movie “On A Le Temp”, which was shot in Paris, is about Emad, a young Iranian man who lives with underage partner Caroline in Besançon in eastern France. 
     
    Emad, who plans to move to Paris to work for a modeling agency, sees Caroline as an impediment to his plan. Thus, he pretends that he wants to return to his homeland Iran. However, Caroline’s unplanned pregnancy challenges Emad’s decision.
     
    “Fish and Cat” narrates the story of a group of university students who face various problems during their trip to northern Iran.
     
    Each year, the Karlovy Vary IFF presents approximately  200 films from all over the world.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) and Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism has signed a memorandum of understanding on tourist cooperation.
     
    The MOU was inked by CHTHO Director Masud Soltanifar and Spanish Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism José Manuel Soria López in Madrid last week.
     
    According to the MOU, Spain will share its experience in hotel construction and converting historical buildings into guesthouses, and will also encourage Spanish shareholders to invest in Iran’s hotel industry. 
     
    Soltanifar invited Soria López to visit Iran and he welcomed the invitation.
     
    Soltanifar traveled to Spain to attend the 98th Session of the Executive Council of UNWTO, which was held in Santiago de Compostela from June 4 to 6.
     
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    TEHRAN -- U.S. philosopher Kelly James Clark’s workshop, which was scheduled to be held on Saturday in Mashhad, was cancelled following a protest organized by the Basijis (volunteer forces) from the Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in front of his hotel in the northwestern Iranian city on Friday.

     
    The group claimed that Clark is a Darwinism theorist and a campaigner for gay rights who has met several times with Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of the Zionist regime, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Saturday.
     
    “Clark is a follower of the theory of evolution and promoting such issue in a city that is home to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) is not acceptable,” said protester Ali-Asghar Lotfi.
     
    “Clark has a résumé specifying that he has previously met with Netanyahu and is a backer of the Zionist regime,” another protester Saljuqi stated.
     
    A senior research fellow at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Clark was invited by the Morteza Motahhari Foundation for Knowledge and Culture to attend the International Conference of the Philosophical Thoughts of Morteza Motahhari, which was held in Qom on May 28 and 29.
     
    At the conference, Clark delivered a lecture in which he reflected on the causes responsible for atheism and agnosticism.
     
    Iran’s Supreme Assembly of Islamic Philosophy and the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution have helped the foundation in organizing the conference.
     
    Clark’s workshop in Mashhad was organized by the secretariat of the conference, Al-Mustafa International University, the Research Center for Islamic Culture and Science, and the Mashhad branch of the Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR).
     
    “Clark is a creationist, who introduces himself as a religious Christian, and always defends the rationalism of the religious thinking,” said Hadi Bakhtiari, an ACECR professor and the executive secretary of the workshop.
     
    Clark is the author of “Return to Reason”, “The Story of Ethics”, “When Faith Is Not Enough”, and “101 Key Philosophical Terms of Their Importance for Theology”. Kelly’s “Philosophers Who Believe” was voted one of Christianity Today’s 1995 Books of the Year.
     
    The Persian version of “Return to Reason” has previously been published in Iran.
     
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    TEHRAN – The outstanding Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos will be giving performances in Tehran next week.

     
    His concerts will take place at the Milad Hall of the Tehran Permanent International Fairgrounds on June 13 and 14, the organizer of the concert, the Nay-o-Ney Art Institute, announced in a press release on Saturday.
     
    He will be performing several compositions by world famous musicians including Schubert, Schumann, Mozart and Rachmaninoff.
     
    Volodos will probably arrive in Tehran on Wednesday.
     
    Born in 1972 in Leningrad, Arcadi Volodos began his musical training studying voice, following his parents who were singers, and later shifted his emphasis to conducting while he was a student at the Capilla M. Glinka School and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. 
     
    His formal piano training took place at the Moscow Conservatory. Volodos also studied at the Conservatoire de Paris with Jacques Rouvier. 
     
    The first album named “Piano Transcriptions”, some of the selections of which were written by Arcadi Volodos himself, was released in autumn 1997.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Veteran Iranian director Dariush Mehrjuii was excited to watch in Paris the restored version of “The Cow”, one of his early works.

    “I got excited when I watched the high quality restored version of ‘The Cow’ in Paris,” he told the Persian of ISNA on Tuesday.

    Mehrjuii was in Paris last week to attend the June 4 premiere of his acclaimed comedy drama at the Reflet Médicis.

    Produced in 1969, the film was recently restored by Iran’s National Film Archive and the Farabi Cinema Foundation for presentation at the Reflet Médicis, which screens works from the world cinema in the original languages and also organizes debates and meetings with film crews.

    “I had not watched the film for a long time. Seeing the film in Paris years after its production was nostalgic for me and stirred memories of those years,” 74-year-old Mehrjuii Mehrjuii said.

    He stated that he saw the film with the eye of a filmgoer rather than its director and added, “I was delighted.”

    “The film had not been screened in Paris before… Parisian people have a thirst for such films,” he said.

    Mehrjuii made “The Cow” based on one of the stories from celebrated Iranian writer Gholamhossein Saedi’s short story collection “The Mourners of Bayal”.
     
    The film is about Masht Hassan, who owns the only cow in a remote, desolate village. While he is away, his cow, whom he treats like his own child, dies. Knowing the relationship between Masht Hassan and his cow, the villagers hastily dispose of the corpse, and when Masht Hassan returns, they tell him that his cow ran away. Devastated by the news, Masht Hassan starts to spend all his time in the barn eating hay and slowly begins to believe that he has become the cow.
     
    “The Cow” won the International Critics Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 1971. It was the first award the Iranian motion picture industry ever received at an international event.   
     
    The film was financed largely by the government of former Iranian monarch Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. The producers were aghast at the finished product as they felt that the film portrayed Iran as a completely backward country. The film was only allowed to be released with a disclaimer attached stating that the events depicted happened long before the regime existing at that time came to power.
     
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    TEHRAN – Singapore will host an Iranian film festival, which will be held from June 19 to 24.
     
    The festival will open with a screening of Asghar Farhadi’s acclaimed film “A Separation”, Iranian ambassador Javad Ansari said in a press release on Tuesday.
     
    “So Far, So Close” by Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, “I Feel Sleepy” by Reza Attaran, “The Hidden Half” by Tahmineh Milani and “The Wedlock” by Ruhollah Hejazi will go on screen during the event.
     
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    TEHRAN – Collections from seven foreign countries were showcased at the 24th International Handicrafts Exhibition, which opened during a ceremony at the Tehran International Permanent Fairground on Tuesday.
     
    The collections have been created by artisans from China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Uzbekistan, Iraq and Turkey.
     
    The exhibition also has handicrafts from 31 Iranian provinces on display 
     
    Fifteen friendship societies of Iran and other countries also are attending the event, the Deputy for Handicrafts of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization Bahman Namvar-Motlaq said during the opening ceremony of the showcase.
     
    Over 720 artisans are offering their works during the exhibition and a number of artisans also are making handicrafts at the pavilions and selling them to visitors.
     
    The exhibit will be running until June 15.
     
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    TEHRAN -- Iranian musician and theorist Abdul-Qadir Maraghi (1360-1435) was commemorated during a ceremony in his hometown of Maragheh on Tuesday.
     
    “Abdul-Qadir Maraghi was one of the luminaries of traditional Iranian music, who created works as the composer of the first radif of Persian traditional music,” music scholar Seyyed Abdollah Anvaar said in a video message, which was screened at the ceremony.
     
    The radifs are the total collection of more than 200 gushehs -- traditional melodic entities -- in all 12 dastgahs. 
     
    “Due to its profound culture and history, Maragheh could be considered as the cultural capital of East Azarbaijan Province,” Anvaar stated.
     
    He authored the Maqased al-Alhan, the Jame al-Alhan, the Kanz al-Alhan and the Sharh al-Adwar.
     
    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has registered the 600th anniversary of the compilation of the work Maqased al-Alhan in the field of musicology (c. 1414) on its celebration list of anniversaries for 2014.
     
    The Maqased al-Alhan is a prominent work in musicology, which is a reference book on Iranian traditional music of its era. 
     
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