Two-time Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi, who wrote and directed The Salesman, Iran’s entry for best foreign-language film, announced Sunday he would not attend the Academy Awards next month even if he were granted an exception to President Trump’s visa ban for citizens from Iran.
An Iranian archaeologist has discovered what he believes could be some of the oldest rock etchings on the planet.
Why would Iranians visit their country’s most spectacular ancient sites and come away disappointed?
To get her first book of poetry past the Iranian censor, Fatemeh Ekhtesari did what other Iranian writers often have to do: She used dots for words and sentences she thought would not get past the authorities. But Ekhtesari wasn’t prepared for her voice to be silenced, so after the book was published in 2010, she wrote the words back in herself and sent copies to her friends.
2,500 years after his death, Cyrus the Great’s tomb in Iran remains a site of mystery and wonder.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been urged to pardon two poets who have been sentenced to 99 lashes each and a total of 20 years in jail for supposedly insulting religion.
A new Kurdish film showing a more transparent approach to the drugs epidemic in the Islamic Republic gets the green light from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Films in Iran require a permit from the Ministry of Culture and Guidance, which is not always forthcoming when sensitive issues are addressed. Behzad Azadi faced no official resistance. Perhaps the transparency reflected in his film bodes a new beginning for the way Iran deals with addiction.
TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is boycotting this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair in protest over a planned opening speech at the venue by India-born British novelist Salman Rushdie.
Muhammad: The Messenger of God, a blockbuster about the birth of Islam, has been selected by Iran as its contender for the forthcoming Oscars.
Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN – Scholars from the Persian-speaking countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan gathered at the National
Washington – April 29, 2015 — In response to the decision by Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance to suspend publication of Zanan-e Emrooz (Today’s Women), a popular monthly magazine about women’s issues, Freedom House released the following statement:
“Foreigners! Welcome to Tehran! You may also line up here,” announces a smiling airport official dressed in a long, black chador who is pointing to a newly opened immigration booth. A throng of young Dutch, Polish and German travelers pick up their rucksacks and peel off from the back of our queue and rush towards the new one.
Gunter Grass has passed away. May GOD forgive his constant support for despots and dictators across the globe, including the oppressors of the Iranian people.
The Iranian dissident film-maker Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival for his Tehran road movie Taxi in what critics described as a victory for freedom of speech and the art of cinematic storytelling.
Every fall, millions of migratory birds from all over Europe head to Iran. One of their favoured destinations is the wetlands near Fereydunkenar, in the country’s north. Some of the birds stay there; for others, it’s just a pit stop on their way south. It is illegal to hunt them, but many locals do, and the latest reports are appalling: an estimated one million migratory birds were killed this past year in Fereydunkenar, which amounts to half of all those who sought refuge there.
Remembering Forough Farrokhzad on her 80th birthday Shirin Tabibzadeh To dear dear ForoughSince you went away:Life is even worselove even
Tehran, Dec 26 (IANS) The biggest ever collection of historic Iranian artefacts has been finally restituted to Iran from Belgium.
TEHRAN — Man’s best friend is seen as anything but in Iran, where city workers gun down strays and conservatives view pet dogs as a corrupting Western influence. But in a rare animal shelter in the countryside west of Tehran, hundreds of lucky pups have found mercy, and a growing number of Iranians are learning to love them.
Only a day after an extension was announced on the nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Tehran, news broke that Iranian courts confirmed the death sentence for the Internet activist who was imprisoned for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammad.
TEHRAN — Iranian authorities were caught off guard over the weekend when thousands of people joined spontaneous gatherings around the country to mourn and remember a pop singer who died late last week.