My Persian Nights: UKIFF Presents Iranian Films

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UKIFF, the 2nd London Iranian FIlm Festival, aims to bring the “finest Iranian cinema to London.”

And from now until the London Iranian Film Festival which will take place in November 2011, UKIFF will be hosting a series of special screenings, bimonthly.

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Philanthropy: eBay Founder, Pierre Omidyar Donates $3 Million to Louvre to Promote Persian Art

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With his recent $3 million donation to the Louvre for “research and educational projects on Persian art” Iranian billionaire and philanthropist, Pierre Morad Omidyar, continues to make us proud.

A fund is planned to be created in his mother’s name:  Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar, who got her doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne and is the founder and president of the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute.

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Iranian Journalist Parisa Hafezi: Courage in Journalism Award Winner

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Three brave women journalists who have risked their lives covering the news have been named the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2011 Courage in Journalism Award winners.

Withstanding danger, threats and political pressure, Parisa Hafezi of Iran, Adela Navarro Bello of Mexico and Chiranuch Premchaiporn of Thailand have shown extraordinary dedication covering violence, corruption and social unrest in their countries.

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Call for Submissions: 2nd London Iranian Film Festival

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The 2nd London Iranian Film Festival is calling for film submissions, Trailer Contest submissions, and Poster Contest submissions.

The Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian films in the UK, providing a valuable opportunity for both filmmakers and London audiences with a cultural awareness platform unlike any other.

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Art Exhibit at the V&A: Jameel Prize 2011

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At this year’s Art Dubai, the V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) announced the shortlist for the Jameel Prize 2011.

Ten artists and designers have been shortlisted for this year’s prize, which is awarded every two years.

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Ali Karimi: Iranian Soccer Player on German Team, FC Schalke 04

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In early 2011, Iranian soccer player, Ali Karimi, who has appeared in 112 international matches, was signed by popular German soccer team: FC Schalke 04.

Donning the number 10 shirt for his new team, Karimi’s contract will keep him on Schalke until end of the current campaign.

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“Paradise Lost: Persia from Above” Interview with Aerial Photography Pioneer, Georg Gerster

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Pioneer of aerial photography, Georg Gerster, reveals Iran as never seen before, in his exhibition of 1970s pictures entitled: “Paradise Lost: Persia from Above” at the Wilmotte Gallery from April 8 – May 20, 2011.

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Art Exhibit: Roya Farassat, A Mirror Has Two Faces

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A Mirror Has Two Faces, will present Roya Farassat’s large-scale steel sculptures, exhibited alongside intimate paintings and works on paper.

Born and raised in Iran, Farassat’s work has been largely influenced by a culture and tradition that she feels embraces a distorted sense of reality.

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International Cinema: Iranian Films at Filmfest DC 2011

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The 25th annual Washington, DC International Film Festival (Filmfest DC) runs from April 7th, 2011 through April 17th, 2011, and once again brings the best of new international cinema to the nation’s capital including World Premieres, DC Premieres, Official Foreign Language Film Oscar® Selections and international headliners and award winners.

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Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: Firooz Zahedi’s Photos at LACMA

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The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA) exhibition of Iranian-American mega-photographer, Firooz Zahedi‘s work featuring Elizabeth Taylor entitled: Elizabeth Taylor in Iran: 
Photographs by Firooz Zahedi, will be on display until June 12, 2011.

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Book of Kings: Shahnameh Exhibit at Asia Society Museum

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Asia Society Museum presents an exquisite fifteenth-century manuscript commissioned by the Timurid prince Muhammad Juki (1402–1444).

This rarely exhibited volume, now in the collection of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, features more than thirty richly painted and illuminated miniatures that illustrate scenes from the Persian national epic, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings).

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Theater: It’s Not About Pomegranates!

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Darvag Theater presents It’s not about Pomegranates!, a new play by: Sepideh Khosrowjah, directed by; Hamid Ehya, with Ana Bayat King & Richard Reinholdt–the recipient of San Francisco Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award and currently nominated for the 2010 Best Male Performer Award by The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle–at The Boxcar Playhouse in San Francisco, CA.

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Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize: Finalists Announced

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On Monday 14th March, 2011, the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) chair judge announced the finalists of MOP CAP 2011.

The eight finalists include Niyaz Azadikhah, Shahrzad Changalvee, Mehdi Farhadian, Arash Fayez, Babak Golkar, Dariush Nehdaran, Hesam Rahmanian and Shirin Sabahi.

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A First Norooz: Babak & Friends

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The popular children’s book and video series, Babak and Friends takes Babak, his friends, and us on a few Persian adventures.

In the cartoon DVD A First Norooz, Babak visits Persepolis and learns about Amoo Norooz and the Haft Seen through a magical journey.

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