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IRANIAN OSCAR WINNER: ABOVE POLITICS?

February 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Iranian director Asghar Farhadi’s A Separation, which won the best foreign language Oscar Sunday night, has become a huge hit in Israel, a country that regards Iran as its most dangerous enemy, the Associated Press reported on Sunday. The wire service quoted Yair Raveh, film critic for Israel’s Pnai Plus entertainment magazine, as saying, “It’s […]

VENEZUELA BLAMES UNIVISION FOR OUSTER OF DIPLOMAT

January 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

The Venezuelan government has accused U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision of airing “groundless accusations” in a TV documentary that led to its consul general, Livia Acosta Noguera, in Miami being declared persona non grata by the U.S. and placing the consulate’s staff in harm’s way. The staff has been directed to return to Caracas. The ouster […]

RADICAL MUSLIMS ATTACK TV STATION IN TUNIS

October 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Some 300 radical Muslims have attacked a privately-owned television station in Tunis after the station broadcast the award-winning animated film Persepolis, which tells the story of a young girl’s experiences during Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979. The protestors called the film blasphemous and disrespectful to their religion. Nebil Karoui, chairman of Nessma TV, told France’s […]

PETITION CALLS FOR OVERTURNING IRANIAN DIRECTOR’S SENTENCE

June 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Amnesty International on Wednesday headed a delegation to the Iran Mission to the United Nations that delivered a petition signed by more than 20,000 people calling for the reversal of the sentence meted out to award-winning director Jafar Panahi for making “propaganda against the system.” He was sentenced to six years in prison and barred […]

HOLOCAUST DOCUMENTARY TO AIR IN IRAN

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Christian satellite broadcaster Pars-TV, which broadcasts in Farsi and targets Iran from studios in Southern California, announced on Friday that it has begun broadcasting the nine-hour documentary Shoah, after the narration was translated into Farsi by Paris-based Project Aladdin, a UNESCO-supported group that seeks to bridge the cultural gap between Muslims and Jews. The 1985 […]

IRANIAN FILM AWARDED TOP PRIZE IN BERLIN

February 19, 2011 by · 7 Comments 

The Berlin Film Festival — the Berlinale — whose jury was reduced by one member when the Iranian government imprisoned director Jafar Panahi, who was to have served on it, awarded the Golden Bear, its top prize, on Saturday to Nader and Simin: A Separation, a film by another Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi. The entire […]

IRAN JAMMING BBC’S EGYPTIAN BROADCASTS

February 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The BBC charged today (Friday) that Iran is jamming its Persian language television broadcasts from Egypt. In a statement, BBC World Service Director Peter Horrocks said, “This jamming should stop immediately. It is wrong that our significant Iranian audience is being denied impartial news and information from BBC Persian TV. … It is clear from […]

IRAN SENTENCES TOP FILMMAKER TO PRISON

December 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

In a surprisingly iron-fisted action, Iran has sentenced one of its most honored filmmakers to six years in prison and banned him from making films for the next 20 years. Jafar Panahi was convicted of colluding with opponents of Iran’s leadership and making propaganda undermining the government. He was also barred from traveling abroad or […]

IRANIAN FILMMAKER BARRED FROM LEAVING COUNTRY

September 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, who was jailed for “anti-regime” activities prior to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where he was to have served as one of the jurors, has been forbidden to leave Iran to attend the Venice Film Festival. His absence was conspicuous as his film The Accordion, opened the short film section on […]

IRANIAN DIRECTOR CALLS FOR RELEASE OF FELLOW DIRECTOR

May 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

An award-winning Iranian director opened a news conference at the Cannes Film Festival following the screening of his film with a call for the release of a fellow Iranian director, who was jailed for making an “anti-regime” film. Abbas Kiarostami, who won the festival’s top Palme d’Or award in 1997 and whose latest film, Certified […]

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