FILMINUTE Film Festival: 2 Short Films from Iran Amongst Finalists

Persianesque Staff

The 11th edition of FILMINUTE, the international one-minute film festival, opened this week with a collection of the world’s best ultrashort films, each delivering a complete story in exactly one minute.

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Art Institute Photo Exhibit: Iran Beyond Politics

Persianesque Staff

For the first time in Georgia, The Art Institute of Atlanta illustrates Iranian society through a Iran-specific photo exhibit.

The Iran Beyond Politics exhibit is currently on display in the Janet Day Gallery through November 13th, 2016.

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Iranian Artist Spotlight: Sassan Bakhtiar

Lorenzo Belenguer

Born in Paris, Iranian artist Sassan Bakhtiar, employs Western techniques like Pop Art and Photomontage to create a colorful collection of pieces emblazoned with imagery featuring Persian carpet designs as well as varying Iranian geometric styles.

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Short Film: Bleed the Night

Persianesque Staff

We have a treat for you thriller movie lovers: The short film, Bleed the Night,  directed by Reza Ghasemi.

As the synopsis explains it: “Audrey is stuck in limbo with no sign of escaping the living-dead.

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Memoir: Weeping Arms

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond

I can’t prove that my mother’s brain tumors were directly caused by 9/11, nor that they were exacerbated by the bombs that fell on Iraq eighteen months later. However, she did call me in tears to report that, riding the bus in the aftermath of the Twin Towers’ crashes, she’d intervened in a diatribe about Middle Easterners, been called “Terrorist!”

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Foreign Investment in Iran: France’s AccorHotels Opens Two Hotels in Tehran, Novotel IKIA and ibis IKIA

Persianesque Staff

AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, has signed a management agreement with Aria Ziggurat for its two inaugural properties in Tehran. AccorHotels is the first international hotel group to launch its brands in Iran.

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Shahnameh, Book of Kings: Exhibit at Princeton University Art Museum

Persianesque Staff
The Peck Shahnama will be on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from Oct. 3, 2015 through Jan. 24, 2016, the exhibit will feature all of the manuscript’s 48 illustrated and illuminated folios and will introduce the captivating splendor and art-historical significance of the Peck Shahnama to the public for the first time.
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Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup that Reshaped the Middle East

Persianesque Staff

Produced by a team of award-winning artists, and based on an award-winning interactive storytelling app (available on iTunes with trailer below), Operation Ajax, is a thrilling tale of real-life intrigue in comic book format.

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Op-Ed: Sanctions on Iran and the Dracula Theory

Yogesh Chabria


I was travelling from the South of France to Spain at night with my wife. On the bus, we met a girl who was from Romania. She was from Transylvania, which is well known for Dracula, the blood-sucking vampire. 

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Art Exhibit at Saatchi Gallery: “This is Tomorrow” Featuring Farhad Gavzan

Persianesque Staff

START, presented by Prudential, introduces START Projects, a series of curator-led initiatives that will occupy the entire second floor of the Saatchi Gallery in London.

Running from Wednesday, September 9th (Preview Day) to Sunday, September 13th, START is a five-day event that shines a spotlight on emerging artists.

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Disney’s Descendants: Maz Jobrani as Jafar

Persianesque Staff

Disney’s “Descendants,” is a live-action movie that fuses castles with classrooms to create a contemporary, music-driven story about the challenges in living up to parental and peer expectations.

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Culture of Fear: Thievery Corporation Featuring Loulou

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

As a fan and friend of the amazingly talented DC-based electro-lounge pioneers, Thievery Corporation, we cannot tell you how excited we are about the release of Thievery’s much-anticipated album, Culture of Fear.

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For Persian Kids: Persian Alphabet Blocks

Persianesque Staff

Golreezan.com, an Iranian-American line of Persian-inspired products, including: stationery apparel, stickers, magnets, and alphabet blocks, is thrilled to present the first-ever Persian alphabets blocks, a collaboration with Uncle Goose Toys, the world’s premier manufacturer of wooden alphabet blocks.

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Iranian Jewelry Designer: LUZ by Houman Omidifar

Persianesque Staff

The LUZ fine jewelry collection is a piece of wearable art that you can conveniently display and enjoy on your finger.

Custom-made for the individual, the unisex line is boldly making its mark.

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