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Close to Everest
Mahyad Tousi's documentary
Cara Weavy

Creating waves
On Forugh Farrokhzad's short documentary "The House is Black"
Jason Price

Besides censorship
In her treasury of interviews with the world’s leading writers and filmmakers, Judy Stone devotes a dozen or so chapters to Iranian artists
Ari Siletz

A bridge too far
It had everything! Good guys versus bad guys, tons of explosions, and even tanks
Shahrokh Nikfar

Jafar Panahi at Melbourne Film Festival
Farid Parsa

Iran, King Kong and paradise lost
The journey across the Zagros changed Cooper forever
Ryszard Antola

Love Iranian-American style
Eshaghian’s comedy is dark
Ari Siletz

Rumi, opium and the beauty of genuine forgiveness
A review of Bijan Daneshmand’s “A Snake’s Tail”
Setareh Sabety

The forgotten generation
"The Fish Fall in Love" and "The Gaze" International Rotterdam Film Festival
Sasan Seifikar

The seducer
Omid Djalili in "Casanova"
Behrouz Bahmani

Return of the king
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson revisits 1933 horror classic
Darius Kadivar

The seducer
Omid Djalili in "Casanova"
Behrouz Bahmani

Unashamed fun
Magazine clips of movie stars in the 1970s
Pullniro

Living artists
I guess my question here is: when do we stop stressing over our parents expectations of us and pursue the path that we see fit for ourselves?
Saeideh Mohajer

President Kong
King Kong focuses on the mind of one man and his fraught relations with the West: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Peyvand Khorsdandi

Khabare bad
A personal note on the great film director, Ali Hatami
Fereidoun Farahandouz

LA radio
Video clips: Iranian radio in Los Angeles
Jahanshah Javid

Forget politics
Celebrities just before the revolution
Pullniro

Talk of Venice
Interview with Ramin Bahrani who's film "Man Push Cart" has generated quite a buzz at the Venice Film Festival
Poopak Taati

Karate gals
Documentary: With open hands
Nezehat Arabshahi

Pink parade
Video clips: Lesbian festival in San Francisco
Jahanshah Javid

Crash & burn
A film that leaves plenty of bold questions about race
Faye Farhang

Accelerating freedom
Interview with filmmaker Mahvash Sheikholeslami
Farid Parsa

Ridley's Crusade
Clash of civilizations in Ridley Scott's latest epic, "Kingdom of Heaven"
Darius Kadivar

Life and Nothig More
Video: Kiarostami's "Zendegi va deegar heech"
Dario

Tehran 7 a.m.
Video: Urine test
Dario

Aghdashloo quits "24"
April Fools: Iranian-American star leaves hit Fox TV show amid controvery
Ken Hakarimoran
Khollywood Reporter

Simply jealous
Our national psychological disorder
Taraneh Izadi

Shahr-e Farang
Going to the movies in Tehran
Bahram Saghari

Aghdashloo has it all
My God, when are we going to understand that she is an actress and she has to show she can tackle any role?
Azam Nemati

To see or not to see
A parental dilemma on Bahman Ghobadi's "Turtle Can Fly"
Kamal H. Artin

The good neighbor
A film on the life of novelist Ahmad Mahmoud
Azam Nemati

The heirs of wars
Bahman Ghobadi's "Turtles Can Fly"
Sasan Seifikar

2,500-year-old lady with Alzheimer's
Interview with Esmaeil Mirfakhraei
Farid Parsa

Quarrels and lamentations of Iranian lovers
Sex, sexuality, and relationships in Mania Akbari's "Twenty Fingers"
Sasan Seifikar

Performer's choice
The Aghdashloo controversy
Guive Mirfendereski

Killer mom
Photo essay: Shohreh Aghdashloo's U.S. television debut
Jahanshah Javid

We wish you a merry Christmas
Video
Siamack Salari

Who needs kissing?
Bollywood eveloves from tradition to trash
Niki Tehranchi

Sometimes happiness, sometimes sorrow
Indian films are like dreams
Mahmoud

The grand connection
A rare glimpse into the ceremonies of the Ghaderi Derwishes of Kurdistan
Robin Jayne Goldsmith

The best -- misrepresentation of history
On Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
M.A.R.

Miserably lousy
Oliver Stone's "Alexander"
Trita Parsi

Forming visions
Speaking to the founder of a rare venue to showcase children and youth culture
Farid Parsa

Not the last
On Theo 'an Gogh's assassination: interview with Azar Majedi
Maryam Namazi

Alexander is back
Oliver Stone's upcoming epic on the Macedonian conqueror
Darius Kadivar

Playing games
Review: "20 Fingers", best digital film, 2004 Venice Film Festival
Shahla Azizi

A film buff remembers
A book every movie fan should buy
Fereydoun Hoveyda

Seeds: A documentary
Photo essay
Parisa Taghizadeh

Moore Shrek
Two films
Peyvand Khorsandi

Extreme filmmaking
People in the film business are gangsters. In Iran, it's extreme.
Jason Rezaian

The awakening
Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11"
Kamal H. Artin

Nostalgia and something less cheery
Michael Moore's fabulously effective piece of propaganda
By Sam Fayyaz

Republicans must see
Fahrenheit 9/11 may open the eyes of Bush supporters in the Iranian-American community
By Maziar Shirazi

Rediscovering the lost art of laughter
"Marmoolak" tickled nerves I had forgotten I had
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Profile: Gita Saedi
Producer for PBS series: "The New Americans"
By Bruce Bahmani

Kayvan Mashayesh's Khayyam
Director of "The Keeper"
By Darius Kadivar

Stung by Marmoolak
When the film was over I was a different person

By Mehdi Khazand

Lizardmania
Photo essay: Watching the brilliant "Lizard" in LA
By Jahanshah Javid

An illness of her own
A review of "Crystal"
By Setareh Sabety

Hot summer afternoons
Sahar's love affair with Uncle Napoleon TV series
By Mahsa Meshki

Left behind
Jafar Panahi's new film raises fear and guilt
By Linda Ghassemi

A revelation
Mystic Iran: Meaningful, beautiful documentary
By Azam Nemati

Praise for Gibson's passion
Almost news
By Amir Nooriala

Oscar performance
Imagine if Aghdashloo wins the Academy Award
By The Cousin

Acting Victorian
When I translate 200-year-old English traditions into Persian, the strangeness disappears
By Mahin Bahrami

A Foreign Poem
Short film
By Hossein Fazeli

Bravo Shohreh!
Touching performance adds much to "House of Sand and Fog"
By Karim Pakravan

Major attraction
Bam was location for 1976 film "The Desert of the Tartars"
By Darius Kadivar

Collective sneeze
"If Iranians just sneeze together, it would be a hurricane to destroy the regime."
By Megabiz Irani

Good and bad
Aghdashloo's character in House of Sand and Fog was a weak woman
By Azam Nemati

House of Shohreh
Sneak preview: House of Sand and Fog
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Right direction
Hollywood's first refined portrayals of Iranian Americans
By Trita Parsi

The last colony
Interview with filmmaker Parvin Ansary
By Brian Appleton

The missing
Tooba, the tree of life, must be controlled, kept in fear, scrutinized
By Torange Yeghiazarian

Smack in the middle
It is good to, for a change, leave the pride aside and imagine ourselves in the other person's shoes
By Zohreh Khazai Ghahremani

Simply human nature
Would anybody want to hire us if we were all going to be known only as terrorists?
By Cas Anvar

Garden variety
An Iranian teaches an American a lesson about journalism. The film skips the Iranian part
By Kambiz Foroohar

Wanting to be found
Hamdeli i is better than hamzabaani
By Anoosh Ariapour

Between reality and fiction
Iranian documentary cinema
By Persheng Vaziri

It's really him
Photo essay: An Iranian in communist Russia
By Jahanshah Javid

Hate this movie
Selling "Maryam"to the Iranian community
By Ramin Serry

Divinity within
Stills from a documentary on Kurdish derwishes

By Jahanshah Ardalan

Hey film fans!
FarsiFilms.com is your Iranian online Blockbuster
By Azadeh Namakydoust

Deeper than words
In Ten, Kiarostami shows mysterious and indirect conceptualization of love relationships
By Poopak Taati

Orson's last sigh
Orson Welles journey from Xanadu to Persepolis
By Darius Kadivar

Retrieving 1931
A family and Prime Minister Foroughi on film
By Farhad Sepahbody

Raiders of black gold
Hollywood and oil
By Darius Kadivar

Good long look in the mirror
Innocence regained: American movies after 9/11
By Ahmad Sadri

Cyrus is coming
To a theater near you
By Fiachra Gibbons

May Day
A letter from Tehran
By A Tehrani

Winds of war
Film depicting Nazi assassination plot in Tehran
By Darius Kadivar

In search of Dali's miracles
Watching Kiarostami may prove there are other alternatives
By Madame Bayaz

Till money do us part
Milani's film bares love & marriage
By Poopak Taati

Khayyam with popcorn
Persian poet in the eyes of Hollywood
By Darius Kadivar

Neverman
Michael Jackson
By Shirin Sadeghi

Freakumentary
On the life of Michael Jackson
By Shaparak Khorsandi

Swords-and-Sandals
Films about ancient Persia
By Darius Kadivar

The flower and the conqueror
Barhram Beyzaei's Killing Rabids
By Mani Farhoomand

Frodo's hunch
No man is willingly just but only when compelled to be so
By Ahmad Sadri


The right to exist
Interview with film director Maziar Bahari
By Golnar Motevalli

Branded in memory
To embrace or completely dismiss modern Iranian films as a whole shows a lack of critical thinking
By Niki Tehranchi

Only the strong survive
"Gangs of New York": Painful story of immigrants
By Nat Bartel

Branded in memory
To embrace or completely dismiss modern Iranian films as a whole shows a lack of critical thinking
By Niki Tehranchi

Entertainment +
Top 10 movies of 2002
By Mani Farhoomand

Who you talkin' to?
Iranian cinema has lost its magic
By Naghmeh Sohrabi

More than real
Hollywood's thousand and one nights
By Darius Kadivar

I love to be scared
Holiday movie guide
By Niki Tehranchi

Battle for the West
Review: Spartans vs. Persians
By Darius Kadivar

Tradition and modernity
Characters in Payami's film represent extreme poles of our schizophrenic collective self
By Ataollah Togha

So boring, so pointless
Review: Babak Payami's "Secret Ballot"
By I.X.

My big fat Persian culture
What's wrong with it?
By Mahyar Etminan

No entry for Kiarostami
New visa regulations for Iranians prevent filmmaker from getting a U.S. visa
By Jacques Mandelbaum

Practicing care
Prerequisite to breaking out of the prison of global inhumanity
By Bill Swanson

Tears, wall-to-wall
"The Tree That Remembers" hasn't a central thesis or focus
By Julian Samuel

The human side
I tried to show the evolution that is taking place within families like Shahrbanoo's all over the country
By Hamid Rahmanian

Gheysar Bath
Photo essay: southern Tehran
By Nader Davoodi

The missing factor
Merely representing the most downtrodden people
By Amir

Ordinary (Muslim) woman
Shahrbanoo demystifying many cliches about Islam and Muslims in Iran
By Omid S. Marvi

Life in focus
Documentaries at film festival
By Hamid Rahmanian

Keeping us in check
Iranians in Iran will help us remember who we are
By Kamshad Kooshan

To be heard
Of hope and despair: Rakhshan Bani Etemad's Our Times
By Naghmeh Sohrabi

The crown jewel
... of Iranian cinema
By Niki Tehranchi

Va aanjaa keh rang ham rang meebaazad
(It's about Kandahar)
By Katayoon

Ahmad, Abu and Jafar
Thief of Baghdad
By Darius Kadivar

Hapless symbols
Kandahar leaves the viewer angry and disappointed
By Sima Saeedi

Deev ham deevaaye oon zamoon
"Lord of the Rings" so so
By Korosh Khalili

Wonder and magic
Growing reputation of Iranian cinema
By Hamid Dabashi

Remaking Alaahazrat
Make-up
By Abdollah Eskandari 

Spectacular monster
Genghis Khan according to Hollywood
By Darius Kadivar

Shekaaftan-e sokoot
On Milani's "Hidden Half"
By Katayoon

A very good thing
Muzaffar al-Din Shah's encounter with cinema
By Naghmeh Sohrabi

Haqe entekhaab
Thinking of her father, at a film fest
By Namdar Nasser

Alexander the Flop
A good film that didn't sell
By Darius Kadivar

Aym not eeraaniyan
A man's refusal to acknowledge his Iranianness
By Setareh Sabety

Limbs of no body
World's indifference to the Afghan tragedy
By Mohsen Makhmalbaf
June 20, 2001

Moving meditations
Shirin Neshat stirs up all of my ambivalent feelings about being Iranian-American
By Cyrus Samii
June 20, 2001

Films with an accent
Globalization of cinema
By Hamid Naficy
June 13, 2001

Canary in a cage
Iranian cinema has become poetry with a message of liberty
By Setareh Sabety
June 8, 2001

Success shmuckcess
Islamic Republic -- not Iranian -- cinema
By Parviz Sayyad
June 6, 2001

Nine plays
Ta'ziyeh: Iran's indigenous theatre
May 2001

What would Terry say?
Profiling Iranian passengers in the U.S.
By Goudarz Eghtedari

Indigenous theatre
Ta'ziyeh mourning rituals
By Peter Chelkowski
April 26, 2001

Something about Maryam
Interview with film director Ramin Serry
By Bruce Bahmani
March 8, 2001

Hadji Baba
Persian adventure made into Hollywood film
By Darius Kadivar
March 7, 2001

Zardeh Kuh to King Kong
A great filmmaker's early start
By Darius Kadivar
January 11, 2001

The price of change
Can't there be change without violence?
By Najmeh Fakhraie
December 19, 2000

No more kids stuff
"The Circle" tackles women's issues without pseudo-poetic symbolism
By Roya Hakakian
September 29, 2000

Persia?
Ancient Persia's virtual absence in Hollywood
By Darius Kadivar
August 28, 2000

Not THAT good
Patronizing adoration for Iranian cinema
By Naghmeh Sohrabi
August 24, 2000

Free bird
Tahmineh Milani's "Two Women"
By Jasmin Darznik
August 8, 2000

Action!
Behind the camera with Samira Makhmalbaf
Photographs by Maysam Makhmalbaf
May 18, 2000

The red ribbon
Hatamikia's new film goes right to the heart
By Najmeh Fakhraie
May 17, 2000

Farewell to Fardin
Death of legendary actor marks end of an era
By Farzan Navab
April 7, 2000

Aug 4, 1999
A bitter bite
A critique of Samira Makhmalbaf's "The Apple"
By Ali Akbar Mahdi

July 29, 1999
How lucky I am
A boy's thoughts on "Children of Heaven"
By Somm Tabrizi

June 24, 1999
The drifter
Travelers in Bahram Bayzaie's work
By Kayvan Alikhani

March 3, 1999
Shining rotten apple
A horrific film that must be seen
By Jasmin Darznik

February 17, 1999
Tinged with the Color of God
Learning the ins and outs of Iranian cinema during the Fajr festival
By Laleh Khalili

February 9, 1999
Heavenly children
Majidi's film deserves an Oscar
By Reza Farahani

November 8, 1998
The New York Times : Revealing an Iran Where the Chadors Are Most Chic
By Godfrey Cheshire

August 25, 1998
In dialogue with Kiarostami
By Ali Akbar Mahdi

July 1997
Farewell to Rumi
Film in planning
By Khashayar Darvich

September 1996
Searchers: The new Iranian cinema
Iranian film has gone supernova
By Ahmad Sadri

March 1996
Chera Filme Irani Misazand?
Commentator laments cheap nudity in Iranian films. (In Persian)

March 1996
Short stories with high hopes
A project initiated by a group of young Iranian film makers in the U.S.

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