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Reza Kamrani is an Iranian photographer that lives in city pf Tehran. Reza Kamrani was born and grew up in Kerman, one of the cities on the edge of the central desert in Iran. Naturally, he was influenced by his surroundings and by studying the architectural functions in each Climate Kamrani realized that desert architecture is a very clever answer to the needs of patient and hardworking desert people, allowing them to have better life in spite of the harsh nature around them. https://vimeo.com/456948011 While studying cinematography at the School of Television and Cinema, with the guidance of his teachers…

The story I am about to tell is one of a personal odyssey… a mission of mercy that would not have been possible if not for the generosity of many. I am an expatriate Iranian, now an American citizen living a fairly comfortable life, married with a family and a burgeoning career as an architectural designer, but I cannot get the plight of my fellow countrymen out of my mind. How can I, just one-person make a difference in the midst of this tragedy? Bam, which lies over a series of active geological plates, has been hit with quakes before,…

At a time when the number of existing film magazines are diminishing, It is quite heartwarming to witness and celebrate the 38th anniversary of a monthly film magazine in Iran. When I went through the pages of the last issue of Film Magazine I found several quite interesting articles, studies, critics and stories. I spoke with one of the founders of this amazing publication, Abbas Yari. Mr. Yari told me that with two of his friends, Houshang Golmakani, Massoud Mehrabi,  started a publication called Cinema in video, it was the time of a terrible war between Iraq and Iran. Enemies…

I have always admired artists that never stop exploring new ways of expressing themselves through their art. The artists whose fire inside them grows with their age instead of turning into the dust of experience. Azadeh Ghotbi–a painter, sculpture and photographer–is among these artists. I enjoy taking a vacation from the chaotic world we live in and spend my time with her artwork, enjoying her exciting and uniquely deep way of looking at life. Bijan Tehrani: Please tell us about the “Rooted UpRooted” exhibition, its theme and your participation in it. Azadeh Ghotbi: I was invited to participate in a…

The Edinburgh Festival 2019 is an umbrella term for all the festivals that take place here every August. One of the biggest is Edinburgh International Festival 2019 – an unparalleled, city-wide, celebration of the performing arts held for three weeks from 2-26 August in Scotland’s capital. This year, Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen will be performing in theatre roles, and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and Scottish rockers Teenage Fanclub will be heading up the contemporary music offering. The Edinburgh International Festival 2019 will also open with an amazing show at Tynecastle featuring Hollywood’s greatest movie music with a programme featuring soundtracks from cinema’s golden age…

John Legend has released a powerful new song today titled, “Preach”. Released via Columbia Records, the track highlights the difference between hoping and praying for societal change and actually working to make that change happen. After addressing the “broken” and “tragic” state of affairs in this country, the youngest-ever EGOT winner croons, I can’t see the use in me crying/ if I’m not even trying to make the change I wanna see.” Later, in the song’s chorus, Legend reiterates this point, repeating, “I can’t sit and hope/ I can’t just sit and pray/ that I can find a love/ when…

“Fatherless” and “This Is Not a Pipe”, two plays staged by Mohammad Mosavat in Tehran in 2017, took first place at the 17th edition of the Iranian Theater Critics Awards on Thursday. “Fatherless” tells the story of a wolf that becomes the partner of a goat living with her kids Shangul, Mangul and Habbeye Angur. The goat tries to make the wolf forget his identity and he does so. But the kids want to become wolves now. “This Is Not a Pipe” inspired by a painting of the same name from Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte is about two brother…

Veteran Iranian director Ali Rafiei has staged an adaptation of Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s “The House of Bernarda Alba” in the Iranian capital Tehran. Commentators have often grouped the House of Bernarda Alba with “Blood Wedding” and “Yerma” as a rural trilogy. Rafiei has directed these two works as well and now is working on the third one. Mohammad Charmshir has helped Rafiei as the dramaturge of the play, which is being performed in Tehran’s Vahdat Hall in December 2018 and January 2019. Among the actors of this dramatic work are Roya Teymourian, Maryam Sa’adat, Maedeh Tahmasebi, Nasrin Derakhshanzadeh,…

In London’s CAMA, a gallery dedicated to the contemporary and modern art and opened by Tehran’s CAMA gallery there is an exhibition of photos by Iranian Filmmakers such as Jafar Panahi, the late Abbas Kiarostami, Nasser Taghvai, Kamran Shirdel, Majid Barzegar, Ebrahim Golestan and cinematographer Seifollah Samadian. The exhibition Time Lapse is at CAMA, London, until 2 October. The Guardian has published fifteen photos of this exhibition in a photo gallery that we present it to you in the video below: https://vimeo.com/290634159 About this exhibition CAMA’s site mentions: CAMA Gallery of Iranian art presents an exhibition of photographs by 7…

When an American anthropologist is kidnapped in Baghdad by seemingly ruthless fundamentalists, an exchange of ideas with his captors evolves into a spiritual quest for the meaning of faith. The Whitefire Theatre presents the world premiere of Infidel by Christopher Vened. The playwright directs for a Sept. 1 opening at the Whitefire Theatre, where performances will continue though Oct. 7. A suspense thriller that explores religious superstition and terrorism in the name of Islam versus unscrupulous Western imperialism and war mongering, Infidel stars Ted Monte (Circus Kane, The Young and the Restless) as John Norton, a specialist in early literature…

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