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New faces seem to appear on French TV lately and they happen to be of Persian Heritage. Is it because of the recent phenomenal success of the cult comic book and film adaptation of Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis that was awarded at this years Cannes film festival ? or more naturally because of the rising to age of a first generation of Iranian descents often born in France or raised up outside their home country Iran ? Whatever the answer, it is indeed a happy and refreshing thing to see and hear Persian spoken on French talk shows as a nod to Persian speaking audiences. More importantly many of these new faces in French Media be it on Radio or on Television are often beautiful looking and particularly outspoken Iranian ladies who not only take pride in their roots but also bring in a different outlook on French people and French culture thus bridging the Gap between their fellow compatriots and French citizens through humor and intelligent debates on all social, cultural and political issues which add to their charisma and acceptance in their host country. This contrasts radically with the often negative image of Iranians delivered in the Western Press in the past 28 years since the Islamic Revolution took over our country. It is also interesting to see many of these outspoken ladies feel a commitment towards the plight of their fellow compatriots back home and use every opportunity to explain the difficult situation of Iranians in Iran confronted to Human Rights abuses and religious theocracy. Amongst these new faces some are journalists like Delphine Minoui, authors and researchers like Nahal Tajadod ( wife of French screenwriter Jean Claude Carrière), or playwright Yasmina Reza, philosophers and activists like Chahdortt Djavann, Artists like Marjane Satrapi or Nazanin Afshin-Jam or Nobel Peace Laureate Shirine Ebadi or even the former Empress of Iran Shahbanou Farah Pahlavi both of whom have published their memoirs in French.
This new trend is also a clear signal that the Persian Community and its struggles and Dreams for a Free and Democratic society for their compatriots back home is a reality that is being acknowledged by more and more people in the Western Free World and particularly France which for more than 2 centuries since the French Revolution has been a beacon of hope and Freedom for people world wide. Ironically the Children of the Revolution of late Ayatollah Khomeiny which often takes the French by surprise given that the Islamic Revolution was seen as a popular Revolution that took root in France before being virtually imported in Iran via Air France and tape recorders (sic). However it should also be noted that these Iranian Women are also setting examples of successful integration into the Melting Pot France has become. It also underlines that the democratic election of a conservative President does not mean the end of democratic values in a nation that continues to celebrate cultural diversity as an opportunity for enrichment rather than a shortcoming for social and economic growth.
Below are some of the TV programs in which our fellow Iranian Compatriots have participated in recent months.
Sarah Doraghi ( Journalist/ Presentator):
Nahal Tajadod (Writer) :
Marjane SATRAPI ( Director/ Author) :
VERY GOOD interview with Marjane Satrapi and Persepolis Cast Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Simon Akbarian and Vincent Parronnaud on Talk Show "Ce Soir ou Jamais" and on Talk Show Vivement Dimanche with Michel Drucker and Anne Sinclaire
Nazanin Afshin-Jam ( Singer/ Human Rights Activist) :
Miss World Canada 2003 Nazanin Afshin-Jam on French TV Show La Méthode Cauet
Delphine Minoui receive the prestigious Albert Londres Award in Journalism. Here is a Radio interview of her regarding her book Les Pintades à Téhéran :
Yasmina Reza ( Actor/ Director/ Playwright):
French actor Pierre Arditi pays tribute to Yasmina Reza author of ART (back in 1995). Reza will soon be releasing an authorized Biography of France's new President Sarkozy.
AGAHYOON YAD BEGEEREED !
VIVE LES PERSANES !
and VIVE LA FRANCE !
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