The Iranian Times

Friday May 14, 1999 / Ordibehesht 24, 1378, No. 726

Sehaty Foreign Exchange

Shahin & Sepehr

Taste of Cherry



Journey between cultures
Artists inspired by life in Iran and America

By Maryam Ovissi
May 14, 1999
The Iranian

Many Iranian artists in the United States have become integrated into the contemporary art world. One of the most well-known is Shirin Neshat, who has presented her Iranianess with a language that has gained wide respect and appreciation.

In this article, I will present five other well-known and upcoming contemporary Iranian artists in the United States. Of course, there are numerous others that could be mentioned, but Seyed Alavi, Hadi Tabatabai, Afarin Rahmanifar, Aylene Fallah and Maryam Javaheri will provide a glimpse as to the range of art and styles being created ... GO TO FEATURE


Last words?
An interview with Googoosgh and her biography by a Tajik reporter

The last known interview with Googoosh was done by Mohiyeddin Alempour - a Tajik journalist who visited Tehran in February 1991.

Alempour, who was a reporter for the BBC Persian Service, was visiting Iran following the break up of the Soviet Union...

Alempour wrote a book about his meeting with Googoosh and included the most complete biography of her to date ... GO TO GOOGOOSH.COM


Cinema is mirror of society, Iranian director at Cannes says

CANNES, France, May 14 (AFP) - Top Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf returned to Cannes Friday with his entry in competition at the movie festival, and said he hoped his work and cinema in general would help bring about changes back home.

"I think cinema can play a very great role in helping to bring about a free Iran," the award-winning director told reporters.

"It acts as a mirror of society... and when you look at a mirror, you see what's wrong and what needs changing." ... FULL TEXT


Iranian psychiatric patients go for spectacular joy ride

TEHRAN, May 13 (AFP) - Two mentally ill patients from the psychiatric wing of a Tehran hospital stole their doctor's car to go for a joy ride which ended in a spectacular collision with coke bottles and several other cars.

Behruz and Mohsen, aged 30 and 45 respectively, had been patients in the psychiatric ward of Roozbe Hospital in southern Tehran for several years, Entekhab (Choice) newspaper reported Thursday ... FULL TEXT

Thanks to Payman Arabshahi

More Letters

* Googoosh in Italy

Pedram Missaghi writes: I need information about Googoosh's performance at the Sanremo music festival in Italy. From what I have heard she went to Italy and sang three songs in English (including "I Believe") in an international competition sometime in 1970s.

Does anyone know exactly which year that was? RAI (Italian TV station) has its entire archive on sale. If I can find out which year that show went on air, we might be able to find videos of Googoosh that have never been seen before!

* Backstabber

Eyaas writes: I do not think Mr. Yekrangi realizes that half of the Iranian population here in America are trying to get there relatives on welfare ["Aaberoo reezi"]. It is not a big surprise to any of us, and I would like to know where Mr. Yekrangi has been for the past 100 years. Everyone wants to come to the U.S. and get the French Benefits so-to-speak ... FULL TEXT

* God have mercy

Massi Behbahani writes: Cyrus Raafat wrote: "...deep down inside every guy wants an untouched piece of cake, right?" ["Real Iranian girls?"] You must be kidding me. Every Iranian girl in the U.S. is "neither moral, nor virtuous; neither chaste, nor hard working!" he says, and all Iranian women in Iran are "chaste".

God have mercy on the woman whom you choose to marry. May she smack, and I mean literally smack, some sense into you and your ignorant pea of a brain.

* Documentary: Shamlou

Would you like to show a documentary about poet Ahmad Shamlou ("Ahmad Shamlou: Master Poet of Liberty") in your community? Here's who you should contact: Dr. Bahman Maghsoudlou (producer), The International Film and Video Center, 989 First Avenue New York NY 10022, Tel: 212-826-8848, email:

Book of the Week

    1001 Persian-English Proverbs
    By Simin Habibian

    A cultural gap is growing between Iranian adults and youth residing outside of Iran. Young Iranians are strongly influenced by Western culture, while the adults struggle with Western culture and try to maintain their homeland's traditions. A bridge is needed to overcome the gap.

    Simin Habibian compiled "1001 Persian-English Proverbs" with this in mind ... GO TO BOOK

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Khatami's Saudi visit a landmark

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 14 (Reuters) - Iran's President Mohammad Khatami starts a landmark visit to Saudi Arabia on Saturday, giving Riyadh a chance to boost ties with the moderate Iranian leader and improve Gulf stability. ``The Saudis think they can do business with a moderate. They see self interest in supporting Khatami and they know there is a radical camp in Iran against Khatami, so it serves their interest to support him,'' said a well-informed Western source ... FULL TEXT

Assad, Khatami discuss Iran-Arab ties

DAMASCUS, May 14 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad on Friday held their second round of talks, covering Iran's ties with Arab countries, bilateral cooperation and relations with Israel ... FULL TEXT

Khatami tells Moslems to set aside disputes

DAMASCUS, May 14 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami urged Moslem nations on Friday to resolve disputes and tolerate their differences for the sake of regional security ... FULL TEXT

Khatami assures PLO opposition of support

DAMASCUS, May 14 (Reuters) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami assured radical Palestinian leaders, opposed to peace with Israel, during a meeting on Friday of continued support for their goals, a Palestinian official said ... FULL TEXT

U.S. sees Iran 99/2000 wheat imports at 5.5 mln tons

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. Agriculture Department on Thursday forecast Iran to import 5.5 million tonnes of wheat in 1999/2000, up sharply from this year and the second highest level on record ... FULL TEXT

Jannati blasts secular Turks as bigots

TEHRAN, May 14 (Reuters) - A senior Iranian cleric blasted Turkey's secular establishment as bigoted on Friday for attacking a woman MP who wore an Islamic headscarf in parliament. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati told a congregation at Tehran's mass Friday prayers that the Turks were behaving in this way to please Europeans and ease their way into the European Union ... FULL TEXT

Iran's youth football team beats Bahrain 2-1

Tehran, May 14, IRNA -- iran's young footballers beat bahrain team 2-1 here on friday in its first match of the preliminary soccer matches in the forth asian group for the sindey olympics 2000. during the first half of the 90-minute match, young iranian footballer rasool khatibi scored two goals in 15 and 25 minutes for the under-23-year old iranian team. meanwhile, bahraini forward hadi hamid abbas scored the only goal for his team by a spectacular header 43 minutes into the match.

Lessons to be learned

Tehran, (Hamshahri) -- Commentary on the state of soccer in Iran and what teams like Esteqlal and Persepolis can learn from their coaching experiences ... FULL IMAGE TEXT IN PERSIAN

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Society's mirror

I think cinema can play a very great role in helping to bring about a free Iran, It acts as a mirror of society... and when you look at a mirror, you see what's wrong and what needs changing.

Film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf

"Cinema is mirror of society, Iranian director at Cannes says"
May 13, 1999

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