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Touran Khanom is an Iranian documentary about the life of legendary Touran Mirhadi — the preeminent architect of the childhood institution in Iran — strives to follow through with her vision of “Peace needs to be cultivated at childhood” in the last four years of her life. Now you can watch this amazing and beautiful film, Touran Khanom on-line. Touran Mirhadi was born to a German mother and an Iranian father in Tehran. When, in 1945, and with the start of Iran’s illiteracy campaign, pioneering educators were inviting a younger generation to help with the effort, Touran Mirhadi was at…

The fourth NY Kurdish Film And Cultural Festival is only four days away! This year’s festival will feature films from four parts of Kurdistan, music, dance, poetry, live events, and talks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjnLNJ5j2gA Please remember that ticket proceedings will go to the Kurdish Red Crescent, Heyva Sor a Kurdistane as they are providing shelter and food and mending wounds for hundreds and thousands of people in refugee camps. In 2019, during the three days festival, $3000  we raised over to donate to Heyva Sor. Finally, festival will send secure links to those who purchase tickets,  To learn more about 2020 NY…

AFI FEST 2020 opened online on October and will continue until October 22nd. Festival  opened with the World Premiere of I’M YOUR WOMAN (DIR Julia Hart) and will close with the World Premiere of MY PSYCHEDELIC LOVE STORY (DIR Errol Morris). To learn more about AFI FEST 2020 we had on camera interview with Sarah Harris is the Director of Programming for AFI Festivals: https://vimeo.com/470040162 Sarah Harris is the Director of Programming for AFI Festivals where she leads the curation of films and events for American Film Institutes’ three annual festival programs: AFI FEST in Los Angeles, AFI DOCS in…

Venice Film Festival 2020, is the first major film festival happening with the audiences and filmmakers presence since Covid-19 hit the our planet. This brings hope back to our lives as fans of art of cinema. Venice Film Festival closing will be on coming Saturday and award winners will be announced. The list of films in competition in 2020 Venice Film Festival is amazing: In Between Dying Davud is a misunderstood, restless young man in search of his “true” family, those whom he feels certain will bring meaning and love to his life. When, over the course of one day,…

Berlin film festival has started screening of Iranian films online for 10 days from June 12th to June 21st 2020. Access to the films are free just click or touch here. The film series consists of two sections: “Displaced Realities” is a programme of fictional and documentary feature-length films and “Fight or Flight” presents a series of short films. These programmes will be complemented by talks with filmmakers and experts in Iranian cinema: Bahram Beyzai (film & theater director & professor at Stanford University, USA), Rakhshan Banietemad (film director and screenwriter, Tehran), Mohammadreza Farzad (film director, Tehran), Daniel Kötter (film…

Burbank, CA – June 10th, 2020: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for GoE Bridging The Borders Award at  the 2020 Palm Springs International ShortFest Film Festival. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2020 Palm ShortFest will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. GoE Bridging The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by GoEnergistics. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. Cinema Without Borders’ jury members to decide the 2020 winner of the GoE…

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announced today the programming slate for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which will feature over 100 films co-curated by 21 prolific festivals, hailing from 35 countries, in addition to talks, VR content and musical performances. The 10day digital event will celebrate global voices, elevate films that have the power to create change and bring audiences from around the world together to create meaningful connections. Assembling some of the world’s most talented artists, storytellers and curators around a central effort to provide entertainment and offer relief in the form of supporting organizations responding to the…

A group of artistes from Iran have written a moving open letter to the artiste community of the world about the despairing COVID-19 pandemic in Iran, aggravated in the light of the U.S.-led Security Council sanctions. The signatories — 302 as of March 28 — include stalwarts of cinema such as Majid Majidi and Rakshan Banietemad, popular actor-filmmaker-writer Niki Karimi, actor Babak Karimi and Shahab Hosseini who won the best actor award at Cannes Film Festival in 2016 for Asghar Farhadi’s celebrated film, The Salesman. “The people of Iran are facing a crisis today; the Corona crisis you are aware…

Oh, God, it should have been over a half century since the last time that I met Manuchehr Shamsaei. Manuchehr was the lighting engineer in National Iranian Radio and Television, a brilliant  artist. Back then I was working as a film director at NIRT and also writing film critics for several publications. With Manucher we shared love for Italian cinema and at any opportunity we would talk for hours about films and I was always surprised by his rich knowledge of arts. Many times our favorite topic was lighting in Michelangelo Antonioni films, and I have to admit that I…

The 15th Panorama of Maghreb and Middle Eastern Cinemas, a Parisian international film festival, will review a lineup of the latest Iranian movies in a special section. Feature films “Dressage” by Puya Badkubeh, “Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness” by Masud Bakhshi, “Hendi and Hormoz” by Abbas Amini and “Esrafil” by Ida Panahandeh are among the films to go on screen in this section. Documentary films “Sonita”, a co-production from Iran, Germany and Switzerland by Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Qaem-Maqami and “Women According to Men” by Saeid Nuri will also be screened at the festival, which is scheduled to be held from…

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