Forever Under Construction

A trailer

Posted in Iran, Iranians by homeyra on January 13, 2010

Kick in Iran

Thx Zibanoo:)

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Who are they?

Posted in Iranians by homeyra on September 7, 2009

I saw this documentary a while ago on google video. This movie is no longer online but there seem to be download possibilities. This 5mn excerpt will give you a taste of it.

Dream of silk

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.

Bridge to Iran series – Link TV
ناهید رضایی

Delkash

Posted in Iranians, Music by homeyra on September 4, 2009

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1924 – September 2004

Another obituary post, in tune with the ambient mood: a tribute to Delkash‘s powerful voice and songs. Some of her 50’s classics here.

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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.

The entrepreneur

Posted in Iranians by homeyra on September 1, 2009

This won’t do justice to him, consider it a simple acknowledgment.Sanati

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

Zahra Rosewater

مسعود بهنود: مقصد او پیداست

همایون صنعتی، مترجم و ناشر ایرانی درگذشت
همایون صنعتی زاده درگذشت: زندگینامه جالب این مرد فرهنگ دوست

Kudos

Posted in Iranians by homeyra on August 26, 2009

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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.

The diaspora

Posted in Elections, Iranians by homeyra on June 5, 2009

h/t Another Irani Online

Updated to video’s new version.

Meet Hatef Doostdar

Posted in Iranians, Social work, Theatre, Therapy by homeyra on May 24, 2009

In a dormitory

Posted in Iran, Iranians by homeyra on May 16, 2009

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Pictures by Amir Hossin Kardouni from a dormitory in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province. See more

Kamshots-2

Posted in Iran, Iranians, Photo, Photography by homeyra on May 7, 2009

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Locksmith, Molavi Street – Tehran

See also Tehran galleries
by  Kamyar Adl
Previous post: Kamshots

Meet Golrokh

Posted in Iranians by homeyra on May 6, 2009

born in 1981

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Left: Mrs. M. outside
Right: Mrs. M. in her house
Watch this 2mn video

Her drawings and her blog

h/t to Bazar Dispatch

Sili

Posted in Iranians by homeyra on April 23, 2009

3 mn movie by Ehsan Amani

Perfectly displaced

Posted in Iranians, Iranians abroad, Music by homeyra on April 23, 2009

After our daily dose of gloomy news here are Abjeez singing about their car, house, husband, cat and their life.

The following is their promo video for their new album: Perfectly dispalced

Previous posts: DemoKracy, Abjeez

Tu me haces falta: watch video

Aksbazi

Posted in Iran, Iranians, Photo, Photography by homeyra on April 21, 2009

Photo-game orAksbazi is a place for Iranians both inside and outside Iran to come together and play through the medium of photography.
That’s all!”

“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.”

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Balcony: Ramin Sadighi, Bahman Kiarostami

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Kicthen: Ali Shahbazyar, Afshan Daneshvar

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Kicthen: Abbas Kowsari

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How did you spend your New Year holidays? Arash Fayez

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Peykan is always shining! Abbas Kowsari