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Thursday August 24, 2000 / Shahrivar 3, 1379, No. 1050


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Not THAT good
Patronizing adoration for Iranian cinema

By Naghmeh Sohrabi
August 24, 2000
The Iranian

My uncle often likes to say with pride that in the old days, during the Shah's time, when Iranians would travel to Paris or London, everywhere they went, people kept asking them "how many oil wells do you own?" In educated, cosmopolitan American circles these days, no one would ask such a question. Instead, what I am often asked as an Iranian-American is "have you seen [enter here name of Iran's newest cinematic export]? What do you think about Iranian cinema? It's so great. It's so unlike Hollywood."

I find the uncritical attention given to Iranian cinema by the Western press patronizing and the adoration showered upon it by Iranians living outside of Iran uncritically patriotic >>> GO TO FEATURE


Over and over again
Never stopped to see where we went wrong

By Najmeh Fakhraie
August 24, 2000
The Iranian

How many times have I heard my mother talk about her days in Golestan School as if it was the best place on earth? How many times have I heard my grandmother talk about all the things they used to do then as if they could not be done anywhere else or any other time ever again? And how they would have given all that up for the promise of a better future is definitely unimaginable. "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't" goes the saying. So if they had heaven right in front of them how did they lose it so easily? What went wrong along the way? What big, unforgivable crime was committed? >>> GO TO FEATURE


By dAyi Hamid
August 23, 2000
The Iranian >>> GO TO FEATURE


Iran think-tank seeks gas exporters' union

STAVANGER, Norway, Aug 24 (Reuters) - An Iranian think tank said on Thursday it had proposed to the country's energy ministry the formation of an international gas exporters' cartel as a forum to share experience and plan strategy.

"We have proposed to the ministry an idea to form a union of gas exporting states... We want to learn from each other," Seyed Abdoljabad Alavi, director of international affairs at the Institute for International Energy Studies, told a group at the Offshore Northern Seas conference >>> FULL TEXT

Serial Killings

BBC Persian Service

In all the committees that were established in order to investigate serial murders of Iranian intellectuals, the President played the most important role, said Mohammad Niazi head of the Judiciary office of the Armed forces. Sima Bahrami in an interview with Taqi Rahmani, Iranian journalist, asked him his views on Mr Niazi's comments >>> LISTEN HERE

Early days of cinema in Iran


A wonderful recollection of the early days of cinema in Iran by Esmaeel Arham Sadr. He starts with the silent movies and how a band would play Iranian music during the screening and a man would walk up and down the isle explaining the story to the audience. "This man's name is Jimmy. The woman's name is Liza. They are lovers..." >>> FULL PERSIAN TEXT

Take a wild guess

Sima Sarshar is: a) Radical fundamentalist or b) >>> SEE HERE

More Letters

* Taking over the Persian Gulf

Amani al-Omani writes: I'm a Kuwaiti citizen. That means we are very close to each other yet my root is very Arabic and I'm Sunni .

I'd like to know do you really think that you should take over the Gulf area and rule there ["Snake island"]? What is happening in my country is that a lot of Iranians cross the border as illegal immigrants and most of them smuggle drugs.

No offense, but don't you think since the revulotion pepole miss the freedom and the luxury? Anyhow these are my thoughts and I would like to hear your answer .

* Maybe, just maybe

Mohammad Yamini writes: In response to Sheri Zandi, "Behkhodaa we're Italian": I think you must have had Iranian ancestors since Zandi is a very prominent Persian last name. One of the dynasties that governed Iran about three hundred years ago was called the Zand dynasty and its founder was called Karim Khan Zand. So maybe, just maybe, you have an Iranian ancestor in your distant past.

You can investigate your genealogical tree. After all Persia and Rome where once powerful empires and neighbours and came quite often into contact with each other. Even your first name is very Persian. Sheri is the abbreviation for the Persian female name "Shirin". Shirin in Iranian literature has the same meaning as Juliet in English literature because of Romeo and Juliet.

Actually there are many Persian names which have found their way into Western hemisphere like Cyrus, Darius, Roxana, Shervin, Shaheen etc.

Art: Group exhibition in Los Angeles

The Society of Iranian Women in Los Angeles Presents: VEILING/UNVEILING
Group Art Exhibition

September 1 through September 30th. Reception: September 9th, 2000. Time: 5-9pm Location: Eagle Rock Community Center 2225 Colorado Blvd. Eagle Rock, CA 90041 323-226-1617. Featured artists are >>> DETAILS HERE




The Making of a Metropolis
By Ali Madanipour


Adab-e pahlevaani
By Mehdi Moazzen Jami

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Translation of today's poem by Zara Houshmand:

I said to myself, "I'll go away for a while;

My love might then have reason to be sorry."

She had endless patience; I can't hide:

It didn't work, no matter how I tried.
-- Rumi
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Earlys days of cinema in Iran

Tehran (Cinema) -- A wonderful recollection of the early days of cinema in Iran by Esmaeel Arham Sadr. He starts with the silent movies and how a band would play Iranian music during the screening and a man would walk up and down the isle explaining the story to the audience. "This man's name is Jimmy. The woman's name is Liza. They are lovers >>> FULL TEXT

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Waterpolo, soccer "too violent" for women

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For Americans... Iranian cinema is great only if viewed within a patronizing framework (not necessarily on purpose) or one that in its desire to be un-Hollywood, is willing to check its critical tools at the door and call everything and anything that comes out of Iran great.

-- Naghmeh Sohrabi
"Not THAT good"
The Iranian
August 24, 2000

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