Simin Behbahani (1927-2014)

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Simin Behbahani, the legendary Iranian poet, died on Monday, August 18, 2014, while in the hospital in Tehran. She was 87 years old. Her powerful humanistic and patriotic poetry, particularly during the second part of her life, made her a giant in Iranian contemporary literature and an idol to progressively-minded Iranians everywhere. We lost an…

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Bahman Maghsoudlou: Short Biography

Film scholar, author, critic, and director Bahman Maghsoudlou is the recipient of Iran’s prestigious Forough Farrokhzad literary award (1353-1975) for writing and editing a series of books about cinema and theater. These include the acclaimed Iranian Cinema, (NYU, 1987) and Grass: Untold Stories (Mazda,2008), a definitive account of the making of Grass: A Nation’s Battle…

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“A Report”: A Study of Abbas Kiarostami’s Cinema

By Amir Taheri The decades’ long political confrontation between Iran and the United States is known to almost anyone interested in international politics. Less known, however, is the rivalry between the two in offering different visions of the seventh art, cinema. The Venice Film Festival, starting this week, provides a new forum for the two cinemas,…

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