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This section is updated with news, updates, and articles that explore the rich culture and heritage of Iran.

It has been set up separately to assist researchers and people who are interested in Iranian Art as a page for direct access to such important topic.

UN experts demand ‘immediate release’ of Iranian dissident filmmaker

Mohammad Nourizad during a hunger strike in the past. Undated. (Social Media) May 4, 2021 UN rights experts voiced alarm Tuesday at reports that imprisoned dissident Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad was so ill he risked “serious complications and possible death”, demanding he be released immediately. Nourizad, who has written and directed several films, [...]

By |May 4th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran ‘toying with life’ of dissident filmmaker: Amnesty

Mohammad Nourizad has been serving since August 2019 a prison sentence totalling over 17 years on charges of insulting supreme leader Ali Khamenei. (Supplied) April 30, 2021 Iran is “toying with the life” of dissident filmmaker Mohammad Nourizad who is seriously ill in prison after torture which allegedly included multiple injections of an [...]

By |April 30th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iranians on the vanguard of new MENA Arts Initiative in the UK

Lanna Joffrey, an Iranian-born actor and writer, says there are still "barriers" to be broken down. (Supplied) By Hannah Somerville April 24, 2021 “I can’t believe there are so many of us.” This was the repeated exclamation that the co-founders of pioneering arts organization MENA Arts UK heard during some of their first group discussions [...]

By |April 24th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

An Iranian star who doesn’t understand no means no

Mohsen Namjoo, an Iranian artist called Iran’s Bob Dylan. (Supplied) By Aida Ghajar April 22, 2021 For those who have been following Iran’s domestic #MeToo movement, and for the fans of singer, songwriter, composer and musician Mohsen Namjoo, the days from April 9 to April 18 were a grueling voyage through the world [...]

By |April 22nd, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Playwrights and directors protest absurd and inhumane censorship

In addition to censorship of ready-to-play theaters, censorship of ready-to-publish plays has also occurred frequently in recent decades. (AP) By Amir Hossein Miresmaeili April 14, 2021 Censorship became a fact of life for art and culture in Iran with the 1979 Islamic Revolution and many artists and writers were sacrificed to the repression [...]

By |April 14th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran’s intelligence establishment is spreading propaganda through films and TV

Iran’s Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi. (Reuters) April 12, 2021 Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi boasted about the substantial role of the state’s security establishment in the production of local films and television shows during an interview with the reformist Shargh newspaper on February 15, 2021. The goal is to use entertainment mediums as a [...]

By |April 12th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Filmmakers who criticized Iran-China deal threatened with blacklisting

Iranian filmmakers condemn the signed 25-year strategic cooperation agreement between Iran and China. (Twitter) By Niloufar Rostami April 9, 2021 Eighteen Iranian filmmakers who criticized the recent 25-year cooperation agreement between Iran and China have been told to withdraw their signatures or face blacklisting. On April 4, the 18 industry figures had published [...]

By |April 9th, 2021|Arts, East Asia|

Legendary architect mourns the fate of his buildings in Iran

Azadi Tower was built in 1970 as Iran’s modern national monument and designed by architect Hossein Amanat. (IranWire) April 7, 2021 The beginning of the Iranian year 1400 (March 20, 2021), just as the clock struck the moment from one year to the next, a military unit stationed next to Azadi Tower in [...]

By |April 7th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iran spy TV show ignites controversy for 2nd season

An undated promotional handout still from the Iranian state TV series, 'Gando,'. (AP) April 5, 2021 A controversial Iranian TV spy thriller is once again generating buzz in the Islamic Republic, drawing the ire of government officials and complaints from viewers Sunday over alleged censorship in the second season finale. The fictional series, [...]

By |April 5th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

How reclusive artist Bahman Mohassess shaped Iranian modernism-and buried his own legacy

Bahman Mohassess in a still from the 2014 documentary Fifi Howls from Happiness. (MUSIC BOX PICTURES) By Angelica Villa April 2, 2021 Bahman Mohassess is considered Iran’s most important modernist, and has been dubbed the “Persian Picasso.” But for nearly five decades of his career, he lived outside the public eye in Italy, and [...]

By |April 2nd, 2021|Arts, Iran|