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A review of Italian cinema in Fajr Festival

A review of Italian cinema in Fajr Festival

Seven feature films will be screened at the 36th Fajr International Film Festival in Iran as a “Retrospective of Italian Cinema”. All the films have been made in 2017. One entry is for the Competition category, two in the Magic Lantern category, one in the Special Screenings category, and the rest are in the Retrospective category.

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Lasting Iranian movies screened at Fajr Festival

Lasting Iranian movies screened at Fajr Festival

The Fajr International Film Festival is holding its second edition this year by screening films from directors Ali Hatami, Parviz Kimiaei, Naser Tahvaei, and Seyfollah Dād. This year’s 36th Fajr International Film Festival will screen parts of the popular TV series “Soltan Sahebgharan” directed and produced by Ali Hatami in its classics category. 

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Reduced Iran imports from Russia and US

Reduced Iran imports from Russia and US

According to Iran's foreign trade statistics, imports from Russia and the US have dropped dramatically in the 11 months leading up to February. Based on these statistics, imports from Russia worth USD 615MM and an approximate weight of one million tons show a drop of 58 percent as compared to a similar period the previous year. Russia is the 14th exporter of goods to Iran.

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“Understanding the Identity of Iranian Women

“Understanding the Identity of Iranian Women"

The second volume of “Understanding the Identity of Iranian Women" authored by Shahla Lahiji, assessing women in the expanse of Persian civilization under the Medes, Achaemenids, Seleucids, Parthians, and the Sassanid dynasties, has been launched.  

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Iran will leave the JCPOA if US withdraws

Iran will leave the JCPOA if US withdraws

In a response to the replacement of the US Secretary of State, Abbas Araghchi, Political Deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, has announced that a US withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear agreement is a serious step calling for two scenarios. He said: “The first scenario is that the US will withdraw from the JCPOA, triggering a withdrawal by Iran. We have already informed the EU that if they fail to keep the US in the deal, Iran will also leave.”  

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Most popular player in Iran football history

Most popular player in Iran football history

The football Ranker website mentions that Ali Karimi is now the most popular player in the history of Iranian football. Mahdi Mahdavikia, Ali Daei, Sardar Azmoun, Ashkan Dejageh, Ahmadreza Abedzadeh, Karim Bagher, Nasser Hezaji, Andranik Teimurian, and Reza Ghuchanzadeh rank 2nd to 10th place respectively.  

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Iran-Russia sign IPC oil contract

Iran-Russia sign IPC oil contract

The second Iran Petroleum Contract (IPC) to develop joint “Aban” and “West Paydar” oil fields has been signed with Russia. Iran’s Minister of Petroleum stated that this was a special contract, generating USD 4BN in revenue for Iran.  

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How the Iranian nuclear deal has tied US hands

How the Iranian nuclear deal has tied US hands

Author of the following article is Mohsen Moheimany, PhD Student at the School of Law & Government at Dublin City University. You can read excerpts here. ISNA recently reported this comment from Javad Zarif, the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs: "For a year and two months, Trump has been saying that he will undermine the nuclear deal with Iran, but has not done it yet because he knows the cost of doing it".  

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Minister of Agriculture impeachment gets no vote

Minister of Agriculture impeachment gets no vote

Following a day of impeachments for the two ministers of Labor and Road & Urban Development by MPs in the Iranian Parliament, Majlis, getting no votes, the impeachment of the Minister of Agriculture was on the agenda of this morning’s session. As in previous cases, MPs pro and against the impeachment spoke and Minister Mahmoud Hojjati defended his performance.  

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Zarif: Trump not in a position to set conditions for JCPOA

Zarif: Trump not in a position to set conditions for JCPOA

In an interview with Geo TV During the course of his recent trip to Pakistan, Iran’s top diplomat, Javad Zarif, stated that Trump is not in a position to set conditions for the JCPOA. In an interview with TV host, Hamed Mir, he added: “Unfortunately, Donald Trump is accustomed to taking unpredictable and unrealistic decisions for the world.”

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Vintage motor show in Sa’d-Abad Palace

Vintage motor show in Sa’d-Abad Palace

 Iran Touring & Automobile Club is organizing a vintage motor show of for Nowruz 2018 (1397 HS), from 22 March at the Sa’d-Abad Palace Complex. More than sixty privately-owned vintage cars and motorcycles over 45 years old will be put on display at the motor show. The show will run until 18 May every day from 09h30-20h30.

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Iran Doroudi: Why are artists worthless to you?

Iran Doroudi: Why are artists worthless to you?

A plot of land in Tehran’s sixth district intended by artist, Iran Doroudi, to be the site of a museum for her paintings has remained in limbo for two years now, with no license issued by the Islamic City Council for the construction work. The question is, why must a prominent 81-year old artist like Doroudi spend years to build a museum for her works at her own expense, for paintings each of which is worth millions of dollars?  

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