Awards for Iranians’ Cultural Achievements

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

*Fair Unveils Iranian Novel in Italian

An Italian version of The Pig's Bone and Leprous Hands by Mostafa Mastur, a leading Iranian author, has been unveiled in Italy's International Book Fair.

Organized by the veteran Iranian author, the unveiling ceremony has been held in the 2011 Turine International Book Fair, Iran Book News Agency reported.

Entitled “Reading Iran in Italy,” the event was attended by several Iranian literary scholars as well as Italian journalist Antonio Sacchetti, translator and professor of Persian literature Bianca Maria Filippini, author Vanna Vannuccini and a number of Italian media representatives.

Translated by Filippini, the book has been released by Ponte 33 Publications.

Founded by Filippini and Irene Chiellini, Felicetta Ferraro, Ponte 33 is the Italian translation of “Si-o-Se-Pol,” the name of a famous bridge in Isfahan, a historical city in Iran.

On the theme of representing inner thought and conflicts, The Pig's Bone and Leprous Hands narrates the lives of different residents of a tower in the Iranian capital, Tehran. The story subtly depicts the fusion of their problems and daily lives.

The Pig's Bone and Leprous Hands was previously translated by Ertugrul Ertekin into Turkish.

Mastur's best-selling novel Kiss the Lovely Face of God, translated by Yunes Kepada Sayeh into Indonesian, has been published in Indonesia as well.

Furthermore, a collection of short stories by the veteran author has also been translated into Arabic by Maryam Heidari.

Several Valid Sayings About Love, The Pig's Bone and Leprous Hands , Love on the Pavement, Tehran in the Afternoon, and I am not the Sparrow are some of his renowned works.

The 24th edition of the International Book Fair is being held in Turin at Lingotto Fiere and the Oval and will run until May 16.

*Poland Honors Iran's Khosrow Sinai

The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage has paid tribute to veteran Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Sinai for his contributions to Polish culture.

The award-winning director received the Gloria Artis medal during a ceremony held at the Polish Embassy in Tehran to mark Poland's National Day on May 3, 2011, ISNA reported.

“I was invited to the Polish Embassy in Tehran to receive the medal,” Sinai said.

“This medal proved that although cultural activities might sometimes be ignored for a while, they will eventually be appreciated,” he added, saying, “It was quite interesting for me to receive the medal and I am planning to send Polish officials a letter of appreciation.”

Instituted in 2006, the Gloria Artis medal is a decoration awarded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland to individuals and organizations for distinguished contributions to, or protection of Polish culture and the people's heritage.

Sinai had also received the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland in 2008 for his documentary The Lost Requiem which recounts the story of hundreds of thousands of Poles, who arrived in Iran after being released from Soviet labor camps in Siberia in 1942.

Sinai is known for his internationally-acclaimed documentaries such as On the Borderline, Diaries of a Journey, A journey to the History and The Old Metropolis.

*Munich Awards Iran Documentary

Iranian filmmaker Mahmoud Rahmani's My Mother, Oak has been awarded at the 2011 edition of the Munich Documentary Film Festival held in Germany.

A production of the Khuzestan Department of Art Bureau, the documentary won an honorable mention of the German festival's DOK.horizonte section.

The experimental film is a warning about environmental disasters happening in Iran such as the Karoun-3 dam project which has flooded more than 12,300 acres of forest or impoverished villagers in Zagros mountainous areas who cut down oak trees to make charcoal.

My Mother, Oak made its international debut during the annual Munich Documentary Film Festival which was held from May 4 to 11, 2011.

Mahmoud Rahmani is an award-winning Iranian director whose films have been screened in numerous national and international events.

He is best known for his social and political documentaries, such as The White Oil and Zero Degree Orbit.

His Molf-e Gand also participated in the Horizons section of last year's Munich Documentary Film Festival, presenting a new perspective on the Iraq-Iran war through a narration by Mohammad Qadirzadeh who witnessed the war in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz.

The 53-minute film is dubbed the longest shot in Iranian cinema.

The Munich Documentary Film Festival was founded by the Munich documentary filmmakers association (AG Dok) in 1985 in an attempt to promote creative documentary films which at the time played only a marginal role in West Germany.

*Japan Awards Three Iranian Children

Three Iranian children have been awarded at the 2010 edition of the World Children's Picture Contest held by the IE-NO-HIKARI Association in Japan.

Eight-year-old Fatemeh-Zahra Taqribi won the Golden Prize of the contest, while Mahdieh Rahimi, 9, and Sahar Taheri, 7, received the Silver Prize and Honorable Mention of the event respectively.

The contest was held from June 1 to September 30, 2010 on the themes of agriculture, farming areas, nature, environment, people and family.

Some 27,840 paintings from 59 countries took part in the contest, which was sponsored by the IE-NO-HIKARI Association.

The charity organization has been established as a member of the Japan Agricultural Co-operatives group, and aims to promote rural culture through the publication of books and different cultural activities.

The works were judged by Sachio Kamogawa, director general of Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art; Yukio Umehara, professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; Norihisa Nakase, professor at Seitoku University; Kazuo Nagaseki, head of Japan's Federation of Art Education Teachers; and Motofumi Honma, president of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Teacher's Society of Primary School.

The World Children's Picture Contest was first held in 1993 in an attempt to create amity and friendship among children from around the globe.

*Keikhosro Purnazeri receives San Francisco Certificate of Honor

San Francisco has granted a certificate of honor to Iranian musician and Tanbour virtuoso Keykhosrow Pournazeri after he held a concert with the Shams ensemble.

“The certificate was awarded to recognize cultural activities of Shams ensemble over the past thirty years and introducing Nowruz festivities in the US,” said Pournazeri.

The veteran musician and his group held a concert tour in American cities to mark the Persian New Year (Nowruz).

Issued by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco, the certificate honors Pournazeri for introducing Iran to the world, his commitment to the Shams ensemble and his hard work to make the group one of Iran's best ensembles.

The ensemble's Nowruz performances were warmly welcomed by the audience and some 2,000 people attended its concert in Los Angeles. It also performed in Minnesota, Washington, New York, Chicago, Irwin and San Francisco.

The group was accompanied by vocalist Alireza Qorbani and performed pieces composed by Pournazeri, and his sons Sohrab and Tahmoures.

Founded in 1977 by Pournazeri, the Shams Ensemble is one of the first groups to perform the mystic dervish music featuring Tanbour.

The Music of Shams has accompanied the voices of many renowned Iranian vocalists such as Shahram Nazeri and Bijan Kamkar.

The ensemble has performed in countries such as France, Spain, India, the US, Canada, China, Uzbekistan, Iraq, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy.

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*Syrian Contest Awards Iranian Cartoonist

The 7th edition of Syria International Cartoon Contest has granted its Special Prize to Iranian artist Sadeq Baqeri for his work on plastic surgery.

Baqeri was one of the seven winners of the prize which was also awarded to Ireneusz Parzyszek and Marcin Bondarowicz (Poland), Mehmet Kahraman (Turkey), Nikola Hendrickx (Belgium), Tawan Chuntra (Thailand) and Igor Smirnov (Russia).

The event's Golden Prize went to Slovakian artist Gruspier Jozef and Serbian cartoonist Jugoslav Vlahovic.

Mexico's Angel Boligan and Turkey's Menekse CAM shared the Silver Prize while the Bronze Prize was granted to Alperen Koseoglu from Turkey and Todorovic Bobisa of Serbia.

The jury members of the 2011 Syria International Cartoon Contest were Peter Nieuwendijk (the Netherlands), Saadet Demir Yalcin (Turkey), Amjad Rasmi (Jordan), Bernard Bouton (France), Haydar Alyasiry (the US) and Rahim Asghari (Iran).

According to Raed Khalil, director of the annual international cartoon contest, hundreds of artists from 81 countries participated in the 7th edition of the event.

*Five Iranian Americans to Receive Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award

Five highly accomplished Iranian Americans will be awarded the 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7th, 2011 for outstanding achievement in their personal and professional lives coupled with preservation of their culture and heritage and noteworthy citizenship to the United States.

Established in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), the Ellis Island Medals of Honor annually pays tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America's unique cultural mosaic. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor ranks among the nation's most prestigious awards. The Medals are presented on Ellis Island, in a dramatic ceremony, to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their communities, their nation, and the world.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor are sanctioned by the U.S. Congress and recipients' names are listed in the Congressional Record. Six Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists, and others are among the remarkable group of individuals to have previously received the award.

This year's honorees are:

Mr. Hamid Ansari - President & Co-Founder of Prodea Systems Inc.
Mr. F. Francis Najafi - Founder & CEO of Pivotal Group
Mr. Vali Nasr - Senior Advisor to US Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan and Professor of International Political at the Fletcher School of Tufts University
Mr. Younes Nazarian - An Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
Mr. Ali C. Razi - CEO & President of the Stratham Group

*Iranian Doc Awarded at Czech Festival

Iranian documentary “Iran, Southwestern” was awarded at the International Film Festival TUR Ostrava, Czech.

Directed by Mohammadreza Fartusi, the film received an honorable mention at the festival. It tells the story of Al-Azim marshland, which is gradually drying up, and looks at the last residents living in the marsh.

The International Film Festival TUR Ostrava follows the traditions of another similar festival about our living environment – Ekofilms, which moved from Ostrava a number of years ago.

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