June 16th, 2013

…a series of interwoven stories that start in Tehran’s Evin prison and ripple outward across families, continents and generations. The novel evokes the scents, sights and gut-wrenching emotions of oppression…

more, plus audio interview with the author, here.

September 10th, 2012

Argo‘s story is so outlandish that it would make a totally implausible movie plot if it didn’t happen to be true. Six Americans escaped the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as it was overrun in 1979, and hid for months in the home of the Canadian ambassador. The film is about how they were rescued: the CIA created a fake film company to work on a fake science fiction film for which they faked a Canadian crew scouting potential film locations in Tehran. A dummy production company, press events, storyboards, a real script, and many other details went into building the background for this film, all designed to provide cover for taking the six Americans right out the front door, as it were. The operation remained classified until 1997.


February 24th, 2012

…a pro American basketball player…accepts a contract to play in Iran…[he] forms an unlikely alliance with three Iranian women against the backdrop of…upheaval in Tehran. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech…a…prelude to…Arab Spring…

It’s a Kickstarter project—more, here.

September 2nd, 2011

Maryam Keshavarz’s Circumstance…depicts an Iran that the American media rarely shows—indeed, an Iran that Iranian media rarely shows. In Iran, women are only allowed to take their hijabs off indoors, but films are banned from showing this. And yet "Circumstance" does, as it tells the tale of a teenage lesbian couple struggling to stay together in Tehran.


December 17th, 2010

Afsoon, a young Iranian artist who’s getting a lot of play on the developing Middle Eastern art scene, migrated from Iran to San Francisco to London, where…things finally clicked…her Fairytale Icons series…features black-and-white appropriated portraits of Iranian rulers, heads of state that brokered the WWII peace treaty in Tehran, and celebrated Muslim actors, artists, poets, princesses, musicians, and sports figures, such as…Muhammad Ali, who’s visualized surrounded by butterflies and bees.

more, here.

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