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

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Music video on Iranian app with US porn actress spurs probe

A mullah uses a mobile phone on a street in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. (AFP) March 3, 2021 A music video on an Iranian entertainment app that includes an appearance by a U.S. porn actress has prompted outrage among authorities who have launched an investigation, Iranian media reported Wednesday. The [...]

By |March 3rd, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Fajr Festival 2021: The best film award goes to Iran’s security agencies, again

The Best Film award this year went to Yadoo, directed by Mehdi Jafari. (Fajr Film Festival) By Ehsan Mehrabi February 17, 2021 Iranian cinema audiences are by now well-acquainted with the term "customized films". Ever since the Islamic Republic of Iran was established 42 years ago, security institutions and sometimes individuals have been making purposeful [...]

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

Camerawoman for “Nasrin” film trapped in South America by human trafficker

Mahnaz Alizadeh, who filmed much of the documentary Nasrin, has been trapped in Brazil for months after being ensnared by a people smuggler on leaving Iran. (IranWire) By Milad Pourisa January 30, 2021 From the Tehran highway to the airport at Ecuador, then on to Peru and Brazil in the clutches of a people-smuggler, and [...]

By |January 30th, 2021|Arts, Latin America, Women|

Weekly review of censorship in Iran: “Actress’s ears” put film screening in jeopardy

Iranians arrive at the Mellat Cinema Complex in the capital Tehran during the 37th edition of the Fajr Film Festival, Feb. 3, 2019. (AFP) January 28, 2021 With fewer than four days to go until the opening of the 39th Fajr Film Festival in Iran, some of the films on the running order are still [...]

By |January 28th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Houston Festival of Films from Iran 2021

The festival makes its 28th consecutive appearance in 2021 with a curated online edition opening January 22 in three cities: Boston, Houston, and Washington, DC. (Screengrab) January 28, 2021 The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's 28th annual Festival of Films from Iran features award-winning films, from social documentaries to dark comedies, plus conversations with two of Iran's most prominent [...]

By |January 28th, 2021|Arts, North America, USA|

Iran gives director 3-year prison term for film about journalist-turned-activist

Iranian film director Reza Mihandoust, sentenced by an Iranian court in January 2021 to prison for alleged national security offenses. (VOA) January 15, 2021 Iran has sentenced a film director to an effective three-year prison term for alleged national security offenses, including his work on a decade-old documentary about an Iranian journalist who later became [...]

By |January 15th, 2021|Arts, Iran|

Weekly censorship report: Iranian translator sentenced to 11 years in prison and rally to support the arts

 Board members from the Theater House and artists gathered in front of parliament to protest against the poor health of the performance industry in Iran, Jan 3, 2021. (Supplied) By Niloufar Rostami January 5, 2021 Arash Ganji, a writer and translator and the secretary of the board of directors of the Iranian Writers' Association, has been [...]

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

How an anti-elite TV drama became Iran’s lockdown hit

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani (C) with his cabinet members in a meeting with Iran's senior officials, on April 21, 2018. (IRNA) By Holly Dagres January 4, 2021 woman screams for her life after being locked in a Mercedes-Benz in a junkyard. In the next scene, all that is left of her is a metal cube [...]

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

Music video pays ‘tribute’ to slain Iranian commander Soleimani

A poster in Iran showing slain military commander Qassem Soleimani in heaven with three male angels. (Twitter) January 02, 2021 A music video circulating on social media appears to pay tribute to slain Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani almost a year to the day of his death. Soleimani, who headed Iran’s Quds Force, the [...]

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

New film ‘Nasrin’ tells story of hero who stood up to the Iranian regime

A banner of jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is seen on the headquarters of the French National Bar Council, demanding her release, March 28, 2019. (Reuters) By Ray Hanania December 16, 2020 It is one thing to criticize the brutality of the Iranian regime from outside of the country; it is quite another to [...]

By |December 16th, 2020|Arts, Iran, Women|