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In The Man Who Sold His Skin, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisian film nominated for Best International Film Oscar, Sam Ali, is a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, who has left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body   into   a  prestigious   piece   of  art,   Sam   will however  come  to  realize  that  his  decision  might  actually  mean anything but freedom. We had the…

White Tiger by Ramin Bahrani is an amazing film about social justice issues, well thought and well made by powerful performances and another missed opportunity for the Academy awards for recognizing a masterpiece. I found the White Tiger a mush stronger and honest film than Parasite that was also trying to address the same subject and for sure far better than Minari, a melodrama that has six Oscar nominations. Watch this brilliant film on Netflix. Bijan Tehrani We had the opportunity of talking to Ramiin Bahrani in a ZOOM interview about making of the White Tiger: https://vimeo.com/532648011 Balram Halwai (Adarsh…

Chances are, if you’re a moviegoer, you’ve heard a little something about women’s fight for equality in Hollywood. According to Women and Hollywood, a nonprofit organization that educates and advocates for the cause, women remain poorly represented behind the camera, making up just 10% of directors and 19% of writers. It’s no wonder that women, so often boxed out of sharing their stories on screen, would distill that pain into their filmmaking, creating powerful stories of how sexism and misogyny continue to oppress women from all walks of life. In these ten movies about sexism, women struggle for equality everywhere…

“Maryam (22) accidentally kills her husband Nasser (65) and is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Mona (37), Nasser’s daughter. All Mona has to do is appear on a popular live TV show and forgive Maryam. But forgiveness proves difficult when they are forced to relive the past.” This is the synopsis of Yalda, A Night for Forgiveness, the latest film by Massoud Bakhshi, and the winner of 2020 Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition and the nominee for 2021 Lumières Awards, the French equivalent of Golden Globes. Hamidreza Nassiri has sat down to…

The fourth NY Kurdish Film And Cultural Festival is only four days away! This year’s festival will feature films from four parts of Kurdistan, music, dance, poetry, live events, and talks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjnLNJ5j2gA Please remember that ticket proceedings will go to the Kurdish Red Crescent, Heyva Sor a Kurdistane as they are providing shelter and food and mending wounds for hundreds and thousands of people in refugee camps. In 2019, during the three days festival, $3000  we raised over to donate to Heyva Sor. Finally, festival will send secure links to those who purchase tickets,  To learn more about 2020 NY…

Last week at the 2020 Lucas International Festival for Young Film Lovers in Germany, the Cinema Without Borders jury announced the winners of the GoE Bridging The Borders Award, as well as their Honorable Mention . The LUCAS Festival’s award ceremony was one of the rare cinematic events that was held in the presence of a small number of audience members during the Covid-19 Pandemic era. Yeganeh Taheri, Cinema Without Borders’ representative in Germany, read the GoE Bridging The Borders Award jury statement announcing the jury’s Honorable Mention recipient. “The seven nominees were all interesting films. One standout story is about a young boy…

Reza Kamrani is an Iranian photographer that lives in city pf Tehran. Reza Kamrani was born and grew up in Kerman, one of the cities on the edge of the central desert in Iran. Naturally, he was influenced by his surroundings and by studying the architectural functions in each Climate Kamrani realized that desert architecture is a very clever answer to the needs of patient and hardworking desert people, allowing them to have better life in spite of the harsh nature around them. https://vimeo.com/456948011 While studying cinematography at the School of Television and Cinema, with the guidance of his teachers…

I have known Michael Frank for almost thirty five years and I met him for the first time in Finish embassy in Tehran, when I was receiving my visa to attend the Tampre Film Festival as a jury member. Michael just rushed to meet me as I was the first person in Iranian film industry he had encountered. I found Michael s young msn full of energy and love for people, Back then I could not imagine that later we will get involved in a few projects and become close friends. Lately I had the opportunity of interviewing Michael Franck…

Palm Springs International SHORTFEST has announced The Present,  from Palestine, directed by Farah Nabulsi, as the winner of GoE’s 2020 Bridging the Borders Award, presented by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by Go Energistics .  The winner  received  a cash award of $2500 courtesy of Go Energistics.  Palm Springs International ShortFest 2020 was held online do to the Corona virus pandemic. The 15 nominees for the 2019 GoE Bridging The Borders Award were: Call Center Blues (USA/Mexico) Director: Geeta Gandbhir, Container (Greece/USA) Director: Daphne Maziariaki, Dear Joel (Greece/France) Director: Thanasis Trouboukis, Deserter (Czech Republic/Ukraine) Director: Sasha Stelchenko, Fabiu (Austria) Director: Stefan…

Aydin Nazmi is a pop and rock music musician, composer and singer living in Tehran, Iran. Most of Aydin Nazmi songs address social justice issues. About his latest song, I Can’t Breath, inspired by George Floyd killing in US, he told us: ” As an Iranian artist who sees the world as an interconnected web of humans with a common ancestor, I’ve made this song and video to show solidarity and as a tribute to all who have faced systematic discrimination, specially the African-American community in the US. https://vimeo.com/430590177 As Dr. King said : “injustice anywhere is a threat to…

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