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Touran Khanom is an Iranian documentary about the life of legendary Touran Mirhadi — the preeminent architect of the childhood institution in Iran — strives to follow through with her vision of “Peace needs to be cultivated at childhood” in the last four years of her life. Now you can watch this amazing and beautiful film, Touran Khanom on-line. Touran Mirhadi was born to a German mother and an Iranian father in Tehran. When, in 1945, and with the start of Iran’s illiteracy campaign, pioneering educators were inviting a younger generation to help with the effort, Touran Mirhadi was at…

When it comes to creative solutions, you’ve got to hand it to Shannon and Scott Guggenheim. Since 3Below Theaters — which the Guggenheims operate in downtown San Jose — has been closed since March, the couple has been tirelessly working to come up with ideas to keep their livelihood going and provide people with much needed entertainment. I’m honestly blown away by what they’ve come up with: “Up on the Roof,” four weeks of curated movies starting Oct. 8 that will be screened on the top floor of the city-owned parking garage above 3Below Theaters on Second and San Carlos streets. The movies…

FATAL DISTRACTION tells the untold story of the high-profile murder trial of Justin Ross Harris following the death of his toddler son in the hot summer of 2014. As a result, it deals with the tragic phenomenon of children dying of heatstroke when loving parents unknowingly leave them behind in cars. One child dies every week this way in the U.S.The secondary subjects are Nicole Engler, a pediatric nurse from Oregon and Miles Harrison from Virginia who’s adopted baby son’s death caused President Putin to pass the Russian Adoption Ban. Criminal Justice : Without a shred of evidence, the Cobb…

 Iran’s National Orchestra has released a music video titled “Song of Humanity” to acknowledge the efforts the medical staff have made in the battle with the corona-virus. The orchestra under the baton of conductor Sohrab Kashef has performed for the music video, which was unveiled during a meeting attended by Health Minister Saeid Namaki and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Abbas Salehi at the Health Ministry on Thursday. The orchestra performed the song in honor of the healthcare staff in Vahdat Hall in Tehran. https://vimeo.com/446222222 Speaking at the ceremony, the culture minister expressed thanks to the health minister…

Berlin film festival has started screening of Iranian films online for 10 days from June 12th to June 21st 2020. Access to the films are free just click or touch here. The film series consists of two sections: “Displaced Realities” is a programme of fictional and documentary feature-length films and “Fight or Flight” presents a series of short films. These programmes will be complemented by talks with filmmakers and experts in Iranian cinema: Bahram Beyzai (film & theater director & professor at Stanford University, USA), Rakhshan Banietemad (film director and screenwriter, Tehran), Mohammadreza Farzad (film director, Tehran), Daniel Kötter (film…

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube announced today the programming slate for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which will feature over 100 films co-curated by 21 prolific festivals, hailing from 35 countries, in addition to talks, VR content and musical performances. The 10day digital event will celebrate global voices, elevate films that have the power to create change and bring audiences from around the world together to create meaningful connections. Assembling some of the world’s most talented artists, storytellers and curators around a central effort to provide entertainment and offer relief in the form of supporting organizations responding to the…

Dear Bijan, It was the Friday before the weekend when New York City stopped. Our Director of Photography had just flown in from a job in Amsterdam though by the next day, flights from Europe were banned. We’d gotten everyone together and were scouting for our big shoot with the team of digital scholars at Butler Library at Columbia University, when we got word that the University was going dark due to infections. Immediately. Everyone out. No exceptions. Then, President Trump declared a national state of emergency. We scrambled to find an alternative. What if we could find a studio…

While in necessary isolation, the author recalls his association with a small, interconnected group of luminaries: a cineaste, a jazz musician, a poetess and a cinematic legend Like so many others around the country and around the world, I have been spending most of my time inside in recent days, as part of our collective effort to slow and eventually halt the further spread of the terrible virus that has currently seized all of our attention. In an attempt to prevent myself from obsessing over the latest news, I threw myself into my work, attending to all that needed attending…

The 70th Berlin Film Festival, and the first under new leadership team Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, draws to a close this evening with the main prizes to be awarded at the Berlinale Palast. The festival kicked off on February 20 against a gloomy backdrop that included a terror attack in the German town of Hanau, fears about the coronavirus, the festival’s Alfred Bauer situation and local infrastructural challenges. https://youtu.be/HgyisKVoFzY Then, ahead of the awards ceremony tonight, climate activists said they would occupy the red carpet. The fest noted it had reached an agreement on a peaceful and “good solution,”…

Last week, I had the joy of interviewing the Oscar winning director of LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL), Carol Dysinger. In the last fifteen years, I have interviewed over eight hundreds filmmakers around the world, but this last one is hard to forget. Carol Dysinger is not only a great director, but she has a deep knowledge about Middle East and in particular Afghanistan. And that’s not all, Carol has such a big heart when it comes to care about people, all through our conversation, she hardly mentioned her Oscar, even when I directly asked about it.…

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