Who are these young Iranians so often in the headlines in recent months?
In Dream of Silk, director Nahid Rezai returns to her all-girls high school twenty-five years later to explore the lives of young girls in contemporary Tehran. In this candid exploration of their dreams and hopes, the girls are at times shockingly open, often sweet, and occasionally sad as they talk about the future.
You can also see this 7mn Interview with the director who compares her youth during the revolution era with this new generation.
1924 – September 2004
Iran album strikes web protest note : Young Iranians, with their fondness for Western music, are not the natural market for the country’s leading classical Persian musician, Mohammad Reza Shajarian. But his latest album has caused a stir among the Iranian online community, with web users urging others to attend Mr Shajarian’s concerts and to buy his album, … link to the article / listen to Put down your gun, wonderful words of Fereydoon Moshiri – I didn’t find an English translation of this poem, please let me know if you find one.
This won’t do justice to him, consider it a simple acknowledgment.
Entrepreneur, editor, translator and writer Homayoun Sanati passed away on August 26th, 2009 at the age of 85
Road to Damask: A grand old man of Iranian enterprise talks to Michael Griffin about his life and his latest venture: organic rose essence for the high-end cosmetics market
“[…] His acumen stems from his grandfather, Ali Akbar Sanati-zadeh, “a simple man with no education who thought he might see something of the world to know what was going on”. Ali Akbar walked to Bandar Abbas, from where he worked his passage to India and Istanbul, only returning after 10 years of wandering through Europe and Russia. “He came to the conclusion that Iran needed two things to develop, education and industry, and he was particularly interested in industry,” said Homayoun. “That is why we are called Sanati, which means industrious. It was a name he adopted and, simultaneously, he started an orphanage[…]”
Sanati was a consultant for the German NGO, Agro Action, which launched a pilot rose-growing project on 32 hectares in Nangarhar, Afghanistan in 2004 as part of efforts to find viable alternatives to the dominant poppy crop. […]
Ever the businessman, he provides a powerful argument for roses as one alternative to opium. “When it comes to agriculture in Europe, the economy is based on income per hectare of land. But land is not the limiting factor in Iran, Afghanistan or other Middle Eastern countries. It’s water. If you cultivate a hectare of opium, you’ll get about 30 kilos of opium at $300 per kg. That’s $9,000. If you cultivate a hectare of roses, you get 6,000 roses and, if you water them properly, 1.5kg of rose oil, which will give you $7-8,000. That’s still less than opium, but opium needs three times more water.” Link to the article
مسعود بهنود: مقصد او پیداست
Rastegar Rahmani-Tanha, here in front of his home in Javanrud, got the top score in the nationwide university entrance exams in both science and language fields. Congratulations!
He looks like many others who usually move into the university dorm in a major city to further their education.
They don’t deserve this kind of treatment nor being labeled as spoiled half-witted kids who need anonymous twitters to get an opinion.
3 mn movie by Ehsan Amani
Photo-game or “Aksbazi is a place for Iranians both inside and outside Iran to come together and play through the medium of photography.
“Through the games we create we will record and show a different, insider view of our environment and our lives. An insider’s reply to the clichéd visual stereotypes used to place us in the world.”
Balcony: Ramin Sadighi, Bahman Kiarostami
Kicthen: Ali Shahbazyar, Afshan Daneshvar
Kicthen: Abbas Kowsari
How did you spend your New Year holidays? Arash Fayez
Peykan is always shining! Abbas Kowsari