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November 2001

* TV: Adventure Divas
* Rights: Memorial for Forouhars, Paris
* Abbas Milani's seminar, Berkeley
* Film: "Djomeh" in San Jose
* Lecture: Classical Women Poets, Berkeley
* Music: world premiere of "Calligraphy No. 4"
* Three contemporary Islamic artists, LA
* Tahmineh Milani at UCLA
* Sadeq Hedayat Centennial: Call for papers
* Cultural luncheon in Illinois
* Santoor & String Quartet in Pittsburg
* Petition against university education ban
* 2nd Evolving Perceptions scholarship
* Study: Iranians making films outside Iran
* British-Iranian Business Association 100th meeting
* Iranian/Afghan women arts exhibit, Los Angeles
* Mokhtar Paki arts exhibit, Santa Monica
* Nahaal scholarship dinner
* Iranian Scholarship Endowment, UC Davis

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* TV: Adventure Divas

"Adventure Divas", a PBS TV series on Iran that begins airing this week. Here are some air times in a few of the major markets in the U.S.:

WETA (NY) 10:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 23,30

WTTW (Chicago) 10 p.m. Sundays Nov. 25, Dec.2

KCET (LA) Both shows back-to-back, 10 p.m. Friday Nov. 30

KQED (SF) 11 p.m. Friday Nov. 23, 30

Alternately, readers can locate their local stations at:

Meanwhile, you'll find background materials on the shows -- as well as a

link to your site -- at


Exclusive South Bay Engagement

Opens this Friday!

November 23, 2001

Towne 3 Theater

1433 The Alameda, San Jose

For show times, call (408) 287-1433 or visit

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* Rights: Memorial for Forouhars, Paris


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* Abbas Milani's seminar, Berkeley

This is an announcement for a seminar on "Modern Social Thought" by Dr. Abbas Milani in Berkeley.

Dr. Milani is currently the Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at the Notre Dame de Namur University. He is the author of "The Persian Sphinx: Amir Abbas Hoveyda and the Riddle of the Iranian Revolution", "Modernity and Its Foes in Iran", "Encounters with Modernity", "On Democracy and Socialism", among others. >>> DETAILS

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* Film: "Djomeh" in San Jose

The Camera Cinemas and New Yorker Films are pleased to announce the exclusive South Bay engagement of Djomeh. This Iranian feature will open on Friday, November 23rd at the Towne 3 Theater, located at 1433 The Alameda, in San Jose. Djomeh, a film by Hassan Yektapanah, was the winner of the Camera D'or Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2000, and has received much critical acclaim. The film stars Jalil Nazari, Mahmoud Behraznia, Rashid Akbari and Mahmbobeh Khalili. Djomeh in Farsi, with English subtitles.

The film follows the title character Djomeh, who is a hired hand on a dairy farm. In spite of his humble status, he falls in love with a local girl named Setareh. Since customs don't allow for an open courtship, Djomeh asks his boss Mr. Mahmoud to serve as a chaperone to pursue marriage with Setareh. This bold gesture will force the two men to tenderly reflect on the difficulties of solitude and the universal need to be loved.

"Djomeh is further proof that Iranian cinema is perhaps the purest and most visual in the world today. Like Kiarostami and Makhmalbaf, Hassan Yektapanah is able to effortlessly recreate the daily patterns of ordinary people's lives while instilling in his work an ineffable sense of the transcendent. This is not just a quiet, contemplative film about workers and poor people; it is a meditation on some of the central emotions in our lives and an affirmation that cinema is not dead. Djomeh is a small jewel."-- Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival.

The Camera Cinemas is proud to add Djomeh to the list of fine Iranian films the theaters have shown. Last April, the Camera Cinemas presented its first Persian Film Festival and featured A Time for Drunken Horses, The Day I Became A Woman, and The Circle.

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* Lecture: Classical Women Poets, Berkeley

Center for Dialogue presents: "Women Poets in Classical Poetry Persian" A talk by Dr. Zahra Taheri.

Zahra Taheri was educated in Iran and the United States and received a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research is in the depiction of women in Persian ethical text.

She has taught modern Persian language and literature at University of California, Berkeley. Her books of poetry include "Birth" and "First Dawn".

Date: Friday November 30, 2001

Time: 7:30 P.M.

Place: 2060 Valley Life Science Building, University of California, Berkeley

Lecture in Persian

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* Music: world premiere of "Calligraphy No. 4"

Cuarteto Latinoamericano and the Persian Santoor master Dariush Saghafi will perform the world premiere of "Calligraphy No. 4" by Reza Vali on Thursday November 29, 2001, 7:30 P.M., at the Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University.

"Calligraphy No. 4" is written for Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet and is dedicated to Dr. Saghafi and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. The musical material of the composition is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The modal characteristics of the piece as well as the tuning, rhythm, and form relate to the Iranian modal system, the "Dastgah".

The pitch structure of "Calligraphy No. 4" is based on the Persian Dastgah of "Shoor".

For more information, please contact the concert office at the School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University at (412) 268-2383.


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* Three contemporary Islamic artists, LA

Art show (10th Nov - 8th Dec) at Bergamont station, Track 16 Gallery in Los Angeles, from 7:00 to 11:00.

Overflowing is intended to give voice to three contemporary Islamic artists, Lida Abdullah, Gita Khashabi, and Amitis Motevalli, who share their visions of Western culture. At a time when people, traditions, and images of Central Asia are being closely scrutinized and examined, it is essential to understand the image that Western societies traditionally have had of this part of the world and its citizens.

All three artists are independent and rebellious as they seek to combat political misconceptions and Western-imposed stereotypes, although they do share commonalties in artistic perspective and aesthetic sensibilities.

Born in Afghanistan, Lida Abdullah works with appropriated images of Middle Eastern Islam in Western art history and critical theory. Through film, video, and performance she confronts the idea of "otherness" and

the discounting of non-European history within the dialogue of contemporary art. Having lived both "beneath the veil" in the Islamic Republic of Iran and without the veil in Europe and the U.S., Gita Khashabi reflects on similarities in both lifestyles.

"Topless if I wish to, faceless if I have to," she affirms her independence of thought and actions, clarifying choices and their repercussions. Amitis Motevalli left Iran in 1977 before the revolution. In Amitis's work, she uses a metaphorical mirror to present an American equivalent to each critique of the East. Islamic design and pattern painted over Western icons act as a form of subversion as she reminds Americans of the human injustices that are carried out within its own borders.


Images from the Frontline of History: A Democracy of Photographs


When two bulls fight, the leg of the calf is broken


Images of RAWA's Projects and the Lives of Afghan Refugees


Lida Abdullah, Gita Khashabi, and Amitis Motevalli

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* Tahmineh Milani at UCLA

Director Tahmineh Milani will be present at the screening of her film "The Hidden Half" at UCLA on Friday, November 16 (DETAILS) and at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Audotrium on Saturday November 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission $ 10

Born in Tabriz in 1960, Tahmineh Milani is one of the most successful Iranian woman filmmakers on the international scene. Milani began her film career at the Free Film Workshop as a researcher for screenplays in 1979. Going on to work as a script girl and assistant director, she graduated in architecture from Science and Technology University in 1986. Her debut feature, CHILDREN OF DIVORCE, was co-winner of the Best First Film Prize at the 8th Fajr Film Festival, but her international breakthrough as an Iranian woman filmmaker and screenwriter came with THE LEGEND OF AH and TWO WOMEN. Feature Films: 1989-CHILDREN OF DIVORCE. 1990- LEGEND OF AH. 1991- WHAT ELSE IS NEW? 1994-KAKADU. 1999-TWO WOMEN. 2001-THE HIDDEN HALF.

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* Sadeq Hedayat Centennial: Call for papers


Dear Adiban:

The year 2003 will mark the centennial of Iran's most famous 20th century writer, Sadeq Hedayat. For sometime, I have been thinking of publishing a memorial volume in Hedayat's honor. This volume will differ from those which may have already been published, mostly in Persian. In my trip to Iran earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to have made contact with his family through another publisher colleague of mine. Hedayat's family have agreed to make available many previously unpublished photographs to adorn this volume.

The format of the volume will be like an album of photographs along with short articles on each aspect of his life and career. The audiences are intended to be primarily nonacademicians in order to give maximum exposure to the volume. The text will be written in English, although brief passages of Hedayat's writings in Persian which could not easily be translated into English could accompany each article. If you are interested in this project, and to receive more information, please contact me as soon as possible. My e-mail is:


Mazda Publishers

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* Santoor & String Quartet in Pittsburg

Cuarteto Latinoamericano and the Persian Santoor master Dariush Saghafi will perform the world premiere of "Calligraphy No. 4" by Reza Vali on Thursday November 29, 2001, 7:30 P.M., at the Kresge Theater, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Mellon University.

"Calligraphy No. 4" is written for Santoor (Persian hammer dulcimer) and string quartet and is dedicated to Dr. Saghafi and Cuarteto Latinoamericano. The musical material of the composition is entirely derived from Persian traditional music. The modal characteristics of the piece as well as the tuning, rhythm, and form relate to the Iranian modal system, the "Dastgah". The pitch structure of "Calligraphy No. 4" is based on the Persian Dastgah of "Shoor".

For more information, please contact the concert office at the School of Music, Carnegie Mellon University at (412) 268-2383. Em,ail:

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* Cultural luncheon in Illinois

Iranian Cultural Society's 14th Annual Luncheon in Illinois invites you to join us for a few laughs with our guests Baby Wants Candy

Saturday, November 24, 2001
11:00 a.m.
Maggiano's Oak Brook Center
$30 for members, $35 for non-members
All guests over 12 years of age are welcome >>> DETAILS

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* Petition against university education ban

New York, November 4, 2001- PWC press release- A group of Iranian Americans and concerned citizens have posted a petition to protest the anticipated proposal to ban student visas for Iranian students in the United States in the aftermath of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (Petition posted at

Senators Feinstein and Kyl have proposed this bill to the US Senate in late October 2001. According to their proposal, any student who is from Iran or six other countries that are designated by the US State Department as sponsoring terrorists may not study in any American university or college anymore.

The petition criticizes sharply Senator Dianne Feinstein of California for initiating and actively supporting this proposal and describes it as a categorical discrimination.

Since most of the students from the designated countries are Iranians, many Iranian-Americans believe that the target of Senator Feinstein is their community in the US.

This is despite the fact that hard-working, law-abiding Iranian-Americans comprise an exemplary community in the United States of America in general and in her state of California, in particular. A categorical ban on student visas for Iranians means the cessation of growth of the Iranian American community in the US.

"This bill is not in the long term interest of the United States as it limits the contribution of a future generation of Iranian-Americans to the growth of this country," said an Iranian American scientist in Colorado. "Most Iranian-Americans working in the US today came to this country on a student visa and today we are one of the most productive immigrant communities in the US."

According to many Iranian American groups and organizations, there has never been a terrorism case in the United States involving an Iranian student or immigrant.

The Persian Watch Center (PWC, is currently hosting this petition, which has obtained a wide range of support by many non-political Iranian American as well as many civil liberties and student groups and organizations.

This independent petition can be downloaded and posted by any individual, group, or web site that seeks to support our civil liberties and free cultural and educational exchange for all students throughout the world regardless of nationality, race, or ethnic background.

Visit the petition at:

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* 2nd Evolving Perceptions scholarship

On behalf of Evolving Perceptions, I am pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Iranian Artist Scholarship for 2002. Last year, we awarded our first $1000 scholarship to Amir Fallah, a junior college student in Maryland. The scholarship provided not only monetary but community support that touched Amir.

We hope to be able to raise more money this year, in order to provide more emerging artists with $1000 scholarships. I hope you will join us in support. Several scholarships have been developed for Iranian students studying medicine, engineering, computer and even art history, but NONE have been developed for Iranians and Iranian-Americans pursuing the study of fine arts.

This scholarship has been created out of necessity. We need to contribute to the developments and accomplishments of our young and talented Iranian and Iranian-American artists in the United States. Please do not hesitate to contact me with further questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

With Sincerity,

Maryam Ovissi

Evolving Perceptions is an volunteer art organization based in the Washington DC Metropolitan area and was founded in 1996. The organization hosts monthly gatherings, art trips and annual exhibitions.

2nd Annual Iranian Artist Scholarship $1000 Cash Award Evolving is proud to announce our second annual scholarship award for Iranian Students studying Fine Arts. Last year, we awarded a $1000 scholarship to Amir Fallah (check out and for more information about Amir Fallah)

Scholarships are awarded according to the panel's decision. Panelists will be announced a few months prior to the deadline for this scholarship. Scholarship is open to all Iranian and Iranian-American students, 18-30 years of age, studying and living in the United States .

If eligible please submit the following:

~ A current resume
~ 15-20 slides labeled with title, size and medium (video accepted)
~ Articles/reviews about your work or exhibitions
~ An artist statement (500-1000 words about you and your work)
~ SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

All Media Welcomed: Painting * photography * sculpture * installation * Ceramics

This award was made possible by generous donations from donors, artists, art appreciators and businesses in order to provide support and encouragement for emerging Iranian artists.

DEADLINE: February 25, 2002
AWARD DATE: April 5, 2002

We are seeking donations for this must needed scholarship and ANY help you can provide will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your generous gift of: $25 $50 $75 $100 $150 $Other

Name:___________________________________ Address:_________________________________ Phone:___________________________________ Email:___________________________________

Do you have any students you would like to recommend for this scholarship?

Contact Information:___________________________________

Please Make Check Payable to: Evolving Perceptions and send to:

Maryam Ovissi
Iranian Artist Scholarship
P.O. Box 70954
Chevy Chase, MD 20813

For more information please call at 301-657-5881 or email Thank you for your support!

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* Study: Iranians making films outside Iran

For a scholarly study of Iranians making films outside Iran, I would appreciate receiving the following information from filmmakers: name of director, film title (in original language and in English), the year of production, type of film (documentary, fiction feature films, short fiction film, experimental, animated, web animation), and length of film in minutes.

Please also mention the country and the language in which the film is made.

Additional information, such as the filmmakers' resumes, press kits, and stills from films are also welcome. Please send your information either by email (as Microsoft Word attachment) or by snailmail.

Thank you very much.

Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art and Art History/Film and Media Studies
Chair, Department of Art & Art History, MS-21
P.O. Box 1892
Rice University
Houston, TX 77005-1892

Hamid Naficy

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* British-Iranian Business Association 100th meeting

British-Iranian Business Association, BIBA, presents

"Prospects for the Economy 2001-10-31

BIBA is holding its 100th Business Meeting on Wednesday, 31 October 2001 at the Institute of Directors. The Sixth Business Meeting of the year is dedicated to "Prospects for the Economy.

We request the pleasure of your company.

BIBA\'s 100th Business Meeting
Institute of Directors
116 Pall Mall
London SW1Y 5ED.

From its inception, BIBA,s pre-eminent motif has been the celebration of the success of British-Iranian business men and women. We had planned to hold a major celebratory event for BIBA,s 100th Meeting in September. However, the tragic events of September 11th in US have immensely changed everything, especially the structure of the global economy.

As a consequence we have decided to dedicate our next two meetings to the issue of economy rather than business. According to government and independent sources, most economies are now either in recession or heading towards it.

The mood of the markets is reminiscent of the early 1990,s where one could not forecast the source of the ensuing recovery. Subsequently, the recovery arrived in the following order: export to the emerging economies, the boom in the Asian economies, the upsurge of the IT industries and lately the US consumer spending.

To seek realistic answers to the current queries about the economy and its locomotive of growth, BIBA has organised a series of Q&A Seminars, beginning with its 100th Business Meeting on Wednesday 31 October 2001. Issues debated in the first Seminar include Banking, Telecommunications, Manufacturing and Oil&Gas.

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* Iranian/Afghan women arts exhibit, Los Angeles

On the 10th of November there is an art opening at Bergamot station, Track 16 gallery in Los Angeles. Title of the show is "Overflowing" its a group show of two Iranian women artist an Afgani women artist and photographers of the WTC the 11th september incident. From 7:00 to 11:00 PM

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* Mokhtar Paki arts exhibit, Santa Monica

Mokhtar Paki's paintings' exhibition opens on January 17, 2002, at Platform 9 Gallery, 2727 Main St. Santa Monica. Tel (310)392-7393. The show starts a week earlier (January 10) and will run until the end of February. Mark your calendar!

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* Nahaal scholarship dinner

Nahaal has been helping needy, yet bright young IRANIAN students to study in IRAN since 1994. This is our 5th annual Fund Raising Dinner at the beautiful Hs. Lordship Restaurant. I will attach a flyer on this invitation for your kind attention. Also more info. is available from our website: Please feel free to call me at 415-883-2600 X-133 or Cell: 415-793-8055 with any questions.

Our goal is to invite those in San Francisco Bay Area, who care about our cause to attend the event. There are opportunity for those that are outside of the area to donate to Nahaal.

Our goal is to become the largest charitable Scholarship Fund in IRAN. Many Iranian Universities are linking to our website. We have many needy applicants from IRAN hence need to respond to.


Ramin Najafi

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* Iranian Scholarship Endowment, UC Davis

The Iranian Alumni Association of the University of California, Davis, cordially invites you to enjoy an evening of fabulous food and entertainment to benefit the Iranian Scholarship Endowment with featured guest Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef, UC Davis Sunday, November 18, 2001 (5:30 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. dinner and program).

Music by Mr. Nejad and his group
Dance by UCD Students DJ Teymour
The Grand 1215 J Street Sacramento, CA
Alumni and friends $60, Students $30

Please Pay by Credit Card or Mail Your Payment to: Cal Aggie Alumni Association University of California One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616-8517

Evening Attire
Children 12 and older only, please
For more information, please call the Cal Aggie Alumni Association, (800) 242-4723

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