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.

Iranian film director murdered by family in so-called ‘honor killing’

Babak Khorramdin was born in 1974 in Tehran and had worked in UK cinema for several years. (Supplied) May 20, 2021 The remains of an Iranian film director have been found after he was allegedly murdered and dismembered by his parents. Babak Khorramdin, who spent time working in London, was the victim of [...]

By |May 20th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Iranian culture has huge depths and continues to be relevant today

A detail from Shirin Aliabadi’s Miss Hybrid #3, 2008. (Estate of Shirin Aliabadi) By Rachel Cooke May 18, 2021 The drive from London to a certain nameless valley in rural Oxfordshire - a preposterously pretty realm of flint cottages, quaint pubs, willow trees and gentle hills - is always slightly unnerving. This part [...]

By |May 18th, 2021|Arts, Europe|

Film director murdered by his parents in Tehran

Babak Khorramdin was born in 1974 in Tehran and had worked in UK cinema for several years. (Supplied) May 17, 2021 The mutilated body of Iranian film director Babak Khorramdin was discovered on the morning of Sunday, May 16 in a garbage bin in Ekbatan, a planned neighborhood in the west of Tehran. [...]

By |May 17th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

The Salesman: Arthur Miller’s American classic reframed in Iran

Cracks in a marriage … Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini in The Salesman. (Memento Films) By Chris Wiegand May 13, 2021 At the start of Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller devotes a full page of notes to describe the house where the long-married Willy and Linda Loman live in New York. It [...]

By |May 13th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

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|