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August 21-25, 2000 / Mordad 31-Shahrivar 4, 1379

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* TV: Cultural & Financial Rewards of HOMA-TV
Aid: Helping drought victims in Iran


* Art: Group exhibition in Los Angeles
Rights: Amnesty of non-documented immigrants in the US
Film: Farmanara's film in Montreal festival
Art: First painting biennial of Islamic world in Tehran
Film: "The Girl in Sneakers" in Seattle
Art: Email list for Iranian artists
Theater: Sex & suspense: play in Berkeley
Art: Artists at Rumi conference, southern California
Film: "Dance of Dust" at California film fest
Event: Iranian-Am art exhibit, Washington DC
Rights: Support freedom of the press
Event: Cultural fest in northern California

* Vote: Online registration for U.S. elections
Soccer: Azizi in Washington DC
Art: Shirin Neshat in London

* Community: Iranian-American poll
Discussion: Iran-Forum discussion list

* Support: Donations to journalists in Iran

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* Share in the Cultural & Financial Rewards of HOMA-TV

The Foundation for American Iranian Rapprochement, a Political action committee, also known as FAIRPAC, is pleased to announce its plan to launch the first non-profit, satellite-based, public TV network with a 100% annual profit sharing rebate program for its prime subscribers >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Group exhibition in Los Angeles

The Society of Iranian Women in Los Angeles Presents:

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

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* Helping drought victims in Iran

Iranian Health Foroum e-News (www.iranianhealthforum.org) -- To help the victims of Iran's worst drought in 30 years, donors can make their contributions directly to the Iranian government or to relevant UN agencies. (See news here)

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is prepared to serve as a channel for unearmarked contributions to be used for relief assistance. These will then be allocated in consultation with theGovernment of Iran and relevant organizations in the United Nations system.

Funds should be transferred to:

OCHA account No. CO-590.160.0
Swift code: UBSWCHZ12A at the UBS bank of Switzerland
P.O. Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2
with reference: OCHA - Iran - Drought

OCHA provides donors with written confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization of the funds contributed. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva of bilateral relief missions/pledges/contributions and their corresponding values by item.

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* Amnesty of non-documented immigrants in the US

Online petition: "Campaign for General Amnesty" for non documented immigrants in the US hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, a free online petition service >>> GO HERE

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* Farmanara's film in Montreal festival

At the 24th Montreal Film Festival 'The Smell Of Camphor, The Fragrance Of Jasmine' written & directed by Bahman Farmanara has been chosen for the official compettion. The festival will be held from August 25 to September 4 >>> DETAILS HERE

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* First painting biennial of Islamic world in Tehran

Iran's Academy of Art, in collaboration with Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, holds the first painting biennial of the world of Islam to give impetus to relations among artists and introduce their latest works in a prolific competition. It is hoped that the exhibition provide an international arena in which to present Islamic ideals and spiritual values as reflected in the artistic experiences >>> DETAILS HERE

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* "The Girl in Sneakers" in Seattle

The Girl in Sneakers - (Dokhtary Ba Kafsh-haye Katany) (with English subtitle)

An Iranian film based on a true story by Rassul Sadr Ameli featuring Pegah Ahangarani (Winner of the best Actress Prize 23rd Cairo International Film Festival Egypt, 1999), Majid Majidzadah, & Akram Mohammadi will be shown:

Date: Sunday, August 20
Show Times: 4:00 PM, 6:30 PM, & 8:30 PM
Place: Seattle Art Musuem (Downtown Seattle) 100 University Street
Tickets are $8 each >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Email list for Iranian artists

Iranian Artists in Dialogue is a public listserve (e-mail list) open for subscription to all interested individuals and organizations. IAD's goal is to creat a space for artists and cultural workers from/in/interested in Iran to engage in dialogue about common concerns, ideas and thematics that influence our creative works and the context (histories, societies, cultures) in which we create. Also, the list aims to facilitate our ability to network, to connect, to support, and to inspire one anther. Join IAD Today >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Sex & suspense: play in Berkeley

August 13, 2000
Contact: Bella Warda

Sex and Suspense in Two Languages

Darvag, the Berkeley-based Iranian theatre company, pushes the limits with a bilingual production of Mario Fratti's VICTIM, with the same cast playing alternate nights in English and Persian.

A rapid-fire drama of sex and betrayal, VICTIM is Italian playwright Fratti at his best--urbane, sardonic, edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Directed by Bella Warda, with newcomer Firouzeh Farah in the role of Diana, and Ali Dadgar and Hossein Khoshrowjah as the other two corners of this deadly triangle. Opening September 1, through September 17, with performances in English on Fridays, and in Persian on Saturdays and Sundays >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Artists at Rumi conference, southern California

Dear Friends,

Here is an invitation to see a great art exhibition and attend an interesting conference on Rumi in southern California. There are least five Iranians in the exhibition! Seyed Alavi, Kamrooz Aram, Termeh Dimi Yeghiazarian, Taraneh Hemami and Nasser Ovissi. Hope to see you down there >>> DETAILS HERE

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* "Dance of Dust" at California film fest

Iranian film at the 14th Wine Country Film Festival: "Dance of Dust" is an evocative study of the unbelievable harsh life of Llia - a boy living in a desolate rural backwater. Llia is haunted by mysterious whisperings calling him to other realms. His attraction to Limua, the daughter of a seasonal worker, becomes his reason to endure. A simple, poetic, deeply moving masterwork. Director/Screenwriter: Abolfazl Jalili. Sunday 8/13. 3:00 PM, The Roxy Stadium 14, 85 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, CA >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Iranian-Am art exhibit, Washington DC

Evolving Perceptions will open their 4th annual exhibition of Iranian American artists in Washington DC on Saturday, September 9, 2000 from 6 -9 p.m. The central focus of the exhibition is PEACE. We asked artists to address, explore, question and define the concept of peace in their works of art, both on a personal and more general level >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Support freedom of the press

An unprecedented attack has started against the press in Iran. Some 22 newspapers, weeklies, and other publications have been ordered shut by the judiciary. We condemn the closing of the newspapers and the jailing of their editors and writers. We support freedom of expression for all. We condemn suppression of the people's rights and voices in all shapes and forms. We ask that you join us by placing the "Free Iran Press" ribbon on your site. You are welcome to link the ribbon to this page, or copy it to your site. >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Cultural fest in northern California

The fourth annual Iranian cultural festival in northern California will take place on October 8, 2000 at the Cupertino Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino, CA. The festival will include a wide variety of community activities, including dance, music, poetry, Arts & crafts, Book signing, Art Gallery, face painting, and food >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Online registration for U.S. elections

Voting is the only sure and effective way of expressing your opinion in a democracy. If you are an American citizen and have not yet registered to vote, please do so conveniently online. Here is the address: //www.beavoter.com/register.html

Please distribute this to friends and family.

Hamid Zangeneh, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics
Widener University

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* Azizi in Washington DC

House of Iran & Pejvak are proudly sponsoring "Iranian Day" at D.C. United soccer club. The 2nd Annual Iranian Day at D.C. United will be a game between D.C. United and San Jose, featuring Khodadad Azizi. Date: August 19. Time: 8:00 PM. Location: R.F.K. Stadium in Washington D.C. Admission: $18/$15 >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Shirin Neshat in London

Shirin Neshat
28 July - 3 September 2000 at the Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens London W2 3XA

"Born in Iran in 1957, Shirin Neshat studied art in the United States and was in Los Angeles when the revolution of 1979 overtook her country. returning for the first time in 1990, she was deeply affected by her homeland's radical transformation. Working in photography and video installation, her art refers to the social, cultural and religious codes of Muslim societies in general and Iranian society in particular >>> DETAILS HERE

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* Iranian-American poll

Payvand.com has created a special page to poll Iranian-Americans about themselves and other issues >>> GO HERE

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* Iran-Forum discussion list

A new e-mail discussion list has been set-up specifically on Iran and Iranians. Iran Forum is an independent discussion list for exchange of ideas and debate on issues relating to Iran and its future in a non-violent, intellectual, productive and courteous environment.

Iran Forum is not advocating or organized to promote the ideology and/or political goals of any particular party, faction, political figure or movement. Its creation was the result of discussions and recognition of the need to create such an environment by various activists within the Iranian community around the globe and its membership includes individuals and organizations from every background, political and religious leaning, locations and countries as far as Australia, Africa, Middle East, North and South America.

Iran Forum is administered by a group of volunteers and activists.

To join Iran Forum or to read more about it , Please visit: www.freespeech.org/iran/

Iran Forum Admin. Team

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* Donations to journalists in Iran

To those who want to support the independent press and their laid off staff in Iran: You can send donations to a relative/friend in Iran and ask them to deposit to: Bank Saderat-e-Iran  Account # 1617  Branch Code: 2921 in Tehran (Palestine Enghelab Branch). People in Iran have so far (May 11) donated over 13 million tomans.

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