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Monday, April 10, 2000 / Farvardin 22, 1379, No. 956

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Excerpts and photos from Reza Abdoh, edited by Daniel Mufson (1999, The Johns Hopkins University Press). Abdoh was born in Iran, raised in England, and lived and work in New York and Los Angeles. He was the recipient of a CalArts/Alpert Theater award in 1995 and a posthumous "Bassie," the Choreographer and Creator Award for Sustained Achievement. Several of his plays toured extensively in Europe >>> GO TO FEATURE


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Shamsolvaezin jailed

By Ali Raiss-Tousi

TEHRAN, April 10 (Reuters) - An Iranian editor who challenged the Islamic law of retribution was jailed on Monday after losing an appeal against a 30-month sentence imposed for criticising capital punishment.

Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a leading reformist, was jailed for offending religious values after the appeal court upheld the sentence imposed by a hardline press court, his colleagues at Asr-e Azadegan newspaper told Reuters >>> FULL TEXT


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* Trashy escapist films

Ashraf Esfandiary writes: In reference to "Farewell to Fardin", in two words: Total rubbish!

The writer of your pompous obituary on Fardin is clearly ignorant of everything about cinema. Fardin never wrote the screen plays of any film, never directed any film, never edited any film and never produced any film.

He played in films under the directorial efforts and schemes of the film makers, in his case mostly Siamak Yassemi. Therefore you cannot say "Fardin's Cinema". Very unfortunately the films he played in were escapist films of the worst kind...

Fardin seems to have been a simple, likeable person, a wrestler with good looks who was used by a certain type of film producers alien to social and artistic aims, who were riding on the crest of the incoming wave of economical ease and the dream and expectation of an affluent life, all in tune with the superficial state of things and the official propaganda of the time >>> FULL TEXT

* Acknowledging Pop icons

Khosrow Vakili writes: I just read quite an angry letter about "Farewell to Fardin". I guess the author of the article on Fardin was right in pointing out that, "to most Iranian intellectuals [Fardin] remained an over-rated actor who represented a commercial cinema that was an embarrassment to our national identity." ...

The article did not call Fardin a good or even a mediocre actor. Nor did it praise his directorial talents. But every culture has its heroes and icons. A healthy culture is one that acknowledges such individuals and tries to live with them...

I am not concerned with the quality of Fardin's work. But you may find it interesting that Fardin acted in fifty-seven films, directed eleven of them, wrote the script for five pictures and produced seven...

For over twenty years we tried to isolate our pop icons; turning Fardin into a carpet shop owner. And yet on Saturday the whole city of Tehran was out to say goodbye to Fardin at his funeral >>> FULL TEXT

* Escrew you

Naseem Baharie writes: Still some people don't get the joke about Albright ["Albright in Tehran"]. Surely the Third-World mentality is still within them therefore they haven't reached cultural maturity yet. Or, they just got off the boat with pronunciations like :"Espoon, Espagetti, Eski, Estay, Estop, I vant, or I vill." give them a few more years; they will learn two things: how to talk and have sense of humor.

Conference: Dialogue of Civilizations: Washington DC

Building Bridges Between the United States and Iran: Monday, April 17, 2000, 8:30 AM - 4:45 PM, at Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room 345, Independence Avenue, SE, Capital Hill, Washington DC. Co-sponsored by: Search for Common Ground, Washington, ILEX Foundation, Boston. This conference marks the first time that the "dialogue of civilizations" between the United States and Iran, which was called for by President Khatami in 1998 and endorsed by President Clinton, has come to Capitol Hil >>> DETAILS HERE

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Human soul

Reza Abdoh's work was in the broadest sense permanently located on the heath: it was situated on the ground where there is no protection from the storm, life as storm. Arounf the wretches gathered there he proceeded to create a theater of fierce protectiveness, with an impulse to value every human soul, down to the most vile.

-- Elinor Fuchs
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