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Awards for Iranians’ Cultural Successes

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Compiled By: Firouzeh Mirrazavi
Deputy Editor of Iran Review

'A Separation' wins BFCA top award

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation has been awarded by the 2012 Broadcast Film Critics Association.

The 17th BFCA Annual Critics' Choice Movie's Best Foreign Language Film award went to Farhadi's latest production while the Best Picture award was granted to Michel Hazanavicius's Artist.

Nader and Simin: A Separation has been recently selected by Wall Street Journal as the best film of the year 2011.

The film has also been nominated for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards, entering the festival's Best Foreign Language Film line-up.

Farhadi's latest production won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year 2011.

The critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The movie won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are among the film's other international honors.

The 2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association awards ceremony was held on January 12, 2012.

*'A Separation' Named Best 2011 Film

The Wall Street Journal has selected Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's award-sweeper production A Separation as the best film of the year.

The paper described the family drama as “a world-class masterpiece” and a “surprise in many ways.”

The movie has been recently nominated for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, entering the festival's Best Foreign Language Film line-up.

Farhadi's latest production also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year 2011.

The critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The movie also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are among the film's other international honors.

The Wall Street Journal's second best 2011 film title went to The Artist by Michel Hazanavicius.

*Iranian Artist Wins FAO Award

Iranian photographer Javad Razmi has been announced as one of the winners of the Forest in Photos competition held by the FAO Regional Office of the Near East (RNE).

Razmi won the award for two photographs taken in Iranian forests, focusing on aesthetic aspects of nature, colors and people.

The other two winners were Nikhil Bohra from India and Yahya Karamat from Pakistan.

The contest was held by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office of the Near East in July 2010 in an attempt to promote dialogue about forests.

The United Nations Assembly declared the year 2011 as the International Year of Forests (IYF), to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

*Japanese Contest Awards Iranian Kids

Three Iranian children have been awarded at the 12th edition of the International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest held in Japan.

The eight-year-old Mohaddeseh Aminian topped the event, while Fatemeh Asghari (10) and Rozhin Mohammadbeygi (13) received honorable mentions.

Some 127 works were submitted from Iran to compete with 18611 entries from 74 countries on the theme of Treasures from the Earth

Japan's 12th International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest was held on June 23, 2011.

*VFCC Awards Iran's 'Separation'

The Vancouver Film Critics Circle has awarded Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's prize-sweeper family drama Nader and Simin: A Separation.

The Canadian film circle's 12th annual award for Best Foreign Film went to Farhadi's latest production while the Best Film award was granted to Michel Hazanavicius's Artist.

The Best Director award went to Terrence Malick for his 2011 Cannes Palme d'Or winner Tree of Life.

Nader and Simin: A Separationhas been recently selected by Wall Street Journal as the best film of the year 2011.

The film has also been nominated for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, entering the festival's Best Foreign Language Film line-up.

Farhadi's latest production won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year 2011.

The critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's film will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The movie won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are among the film's other international honors.

*Iranian Graphic Designer Winner of 2012 Nowruz Banner Contest

Navid Ghaem Maghami, a San Francisco-based graphic designer, has been selected as the winner of Farhang Foundation's 2012 Nowruz Banner Contest. His winning design, unveiled today for the first time, will be featured on light pole banners on various major streets across Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, including the highly trafficked Westwood, Wilshire, and Ventura Boulevards.

"In creating the Nowruz banner, my goal was to design an image that draws both traditional and contemporary," said Navid Ghaem Maghami. "Gol-o-morgh (bird and flower) is a cultural symbol that is deeply rooted in Persian literature. Through a contemporary rendition of this iconic image, I have created a design that evokes a sense of nostalgia and longing for the past, with hope and joy for a new beginning."

Throughout the month of March, Navid's design will be featured on light pole banners in promotion of Farhang Foundation's 4th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), which takes place onSunday, March 18, 2012.

In August 2011, Farhang Foundation's2012 Nowruz Banner Contest called upon the public to submit original design concepts for Farhang's 4th Annual Nowruz Celebration at LACMA. This was the second consecutive year that Farhang Foundation engaged the general public in these efforts.

Navid Ghaem Maghami is a graphic designer based in San Francisco. As a design professional and art director he has worked widely in a variety of disciplines and media, while focusing primarily on poster & publication design, logo & visual identity and advertising since 1998. Through his full-service graphic design studio NaMa, Navid offers creative solutions as well as design consulting services to numerous arts and cultural institutions, visual artists, independent musicians, theater companies, film festivals, and filmmakers both locally and internationally. Navid holds an MFA in design from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.

*Javad Alizadeh Wins UN Political Caricature Award

The caricature exhibition is annually held by UN with a special section called Political caricature, this time named after Lurie, the famous American caricaturist.

This collection of 69 thought-provoking cartoons, 22 of which are displayed above, illustrates the meaning of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and conveys the importance of upholding the human rights and fundamental freedoms set forth in its thirty articles.

The cartoons have been contributed by leading cartoonists from more than 30 countries in all regions of the world. Some of the cartoons displayed here were shown previously at an exhibit in Vienna, Austria, on the occasion of the World Conference on Human Rights, in 1993, while others have been created specifically for this exhibit.

This exhibit is co-sponsored by the UN Department of Public Information and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Born in 1952 in Ardebil, he graduated the Higher College of Translation, in English language. He founded the Humour and Caricature Magazine in 1990 which is celebrating its 22nd birthday this year. He has won 3 national and 28 international awards so far.

*Kurdish Festival Awards Iranian Films

Iran's acclaimed short film Sound of Rain directed by Jalal Saed-Panah has won three Golden Gazelle awards at the 4th Suleymaniye Kurdish Film Festival.

The Sound of Rain received the Golden Gazelle awards for the best short film as well as the best screenplay and the best director.

Saed-Panah's film recounts the story of an artist who lives atop one of the city roofs and is continuously disturbed by a boy who loves the artist over everything.

Teymour Qaderi's Pomegranate Is a Heavenly Fruit was also among the awarded films at the event.

Qaderi's 15-minutes short film, which is about a little girl whose parents prohibit her from going to school, won the best children film award of the event.

The Iranian music composer Behruz Shahamat was also awarded with Golden Gazelle for the best music for the film Why?.

Other Iranian films screened at the festival were Tofiq Amani's Hima, Nazir Mirzaei's 4441 Day of My Life, Parviz Rostami's Pachal, Samad Vatankhah's Carpet and Hiva Soufiyeh's Marriage .

The 4th Suleymaniye Kurdish Film Festival was held from December 24 to 31, 2011 in the city of Suleymaniye in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

*Iran's Farhadi to Judge at 2012 Berlinale

The prominent Iranian director, Asghar Farhadi is set to join the international competition jury of the 62nd edition of Berlin Film Festival.

Farhadi whose Nader and Simin, a Separation took the festival by storm in 2011, will judge the films vying for the German festival's Golden Bear, Silver Bears and the Alfred Bauer Prize.

Nader and Simin, a Separation won the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

Farhadi also won the 2009 Silver Bear for Best Director for his About Elly.

British filmmaker Mike Leigh will lead the jury panel of the 62nd Berlinale, which will run from February 9 to 19, 2012.

French director Francois Ozon, Dutch photographer, designer and filmmaker Anton Corbijn and French-British actress Charlotte Gainsbourg will also serve on the prestigious festival's international jury.

*Iranian Photographers Win Top Prizes at Qatari Competition

Three Iranian photographers have received first prize in different sections of the 11th Al Thani Awards for Photography Competition.

Organized by the Al Thani Awards for Photography in conjunction with the Qatar Photographic Society, over 50 awards were given to participating photographers from Qatar, the Middle East and around the world during a ceremony held on December 14.

Each year there is a general section in which participants can enter images on any theme including portraits, people, architecture, still life, and children.

There is also a special theme each year that, for 2011, was ‘Emotions and Passion’.

Ahmad Reyhan from Iran received the first prize for his color print “M. Like Mother” including FIAP (Federation Internationale de l’Art Photographique) Gold medal and $1,500 cash prize at the Emotion Section, the competition website reported on December 14.

Mohammad Golchin received the first prize for his “Classmates” in the General Section. The prize included FIAP Gold medal and $2,500 cash prize.

The third Iranian winner was Afshin Azarian who got the first prize for his monochrome prints “Bridge” in the Emotion Section. His prize included FIAP Gold medal and $1,000 cash prize.

The Grand Prix Award was given to Michael Schonberger from Germany for his “Man Bites Wolf”.

*Indian Festival Awards Iranian Short Films

Two Iranian short cinematic productions Bitter Milk and My Silent Shadow have been awarded at the 2011 edition of The Third Eye Asian International Film Festival in India.

Nasser Zamiri's Bitter Milk received Honorary Diploma for the best short film and Ali Hayati was hailed by the jury members for his movie My Silent Shadow.

The 29-min film Bitter Milk narrates the tragedy of several Afghan families who had to abandon their country due to war, depicting the problems they encountered to earn a living.

Zamiri's film was presented at the 2011 edition of One Country One Film International film festival in France.

The movie, also screened at the 2011 Medea FILM FOR PEACE International Film Festival in Italy, was honored by several Iranian awards.

About 100 feature length movies and 50 short films were presented at the 10th Third Eye Asian Film Festival held in India's metropolitan city of Mumbai.

Nineteen Iranian short films were among the movies that participated the 7-day festival, held in various categories from December 22 to 29, 2011.

Egyptian director Mohammad Diab's Cairo 678 won the best feature-length film award and Italian Spinelli's Gangor received the jury's special hail.

*Iranian Photographers Scoop Up Awards at Japanese Contest

Iranian photographers scooped up awards at the 72nd International Photographic Salon of Japan.

Photographer Ahmad Reihani was one of the winners of special prizes at the overseas section of the event with his photo “Tear”.

Seven photographers named Alireza Atriani, Davud Ameli, Amir-Hossein Haddadian, Borna Qasemi, Farid Sani, Qadir Vaqari-Shurjeh and Hamid Soltanabadian received honorary diplomas at the event.

Winning entrants were led by Vietnam in the overseas division with 13 works, followed by India with 11 while Iran and Bangladesh each with 8 participants ranked third.

The Screening Committee of the salon selected a total of 130 works, comprised of 80 from overseas and 50 from within Japan, including six special prize winners (three from overseas and three from Japan).

There were 6,125 entries from 41 countries, with the greatest number from India (1,677 entries). Together with the 3,285 entries from within Japan, a total of 9,410 entries were received.

An exhibition of 130 winning works will be held in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and other major cities in Japan

Other Special Prize winners are from India, Vietnam and Japan. The award-winners are scheduled to be announced in late December in the Asahi Shimbun Newspaper and on the All-Japan Association of Photographic Societies (AJAPS) web site, the contest’s two organizers.

*Delhi Festival Awards Iranian Play

Iran's We Need a Teacher directed by Hamed Shafi-Khah has won three awards at the 2011 Delhi International Children Theater Festival.

The play was awarded in directing, motion designing and idea presentation sections of the Indian festival.

We Need a Teacher was staged for two nights at the Little Theatre Group (LTG) Auditorium in the Indian capital.

Shafi-Khah's stage presentation competed with plays produced by artists of 25 countries.

Presenting the Iranian culture and traditions with the topic of humanity, We Need a Teacher is also slated to be performed in Zambia, Turkey and Germany.

Organized by the International Amateur Theater Association (IATA) and India's National Center of IATA (NIPA), the 2011 Delhi International Children Theater Festival was held from December 8 to 11, 2011.

*“Flamingo No. 13” Wins Award at Indian Filmfest

Hamidreza Aliqolian, director of “Flamingo No. 13” has won the Silver Crow Pheasant Award at the 16th International Film Festival of Kerala (December 9 to 16).

Starring Iranian scholar and poet Shams Langerudi, Aliqolian took the best director award in addition to a cash prize of about $8,000, the festival website has reported.

The script for the 80-minute film has been written by poet Rasul Yunan who also acts in the film.

The film is about people who are exiled from their daily life in a far away place. One of the characters named Soleyman claims that he saw a flamingo with a bloody beak which belongs to distant lands, Yunan had once mentioned about the script.

Yunan had described the film’s professor (Shams Langerudi) as the “light of the tragic story” who opposes all injustice throughout the film and the flamingo is a symbol of overcoming limitations existing in the place of exile.

The Best Asian Film Award of the festival went to “At the End of It All” by Aditi Roy from Bangladesh.

The Best Debut Film Award was handed to “A Stone’s Throw Away” by Sebastian Hiriat from Mexico.

“The Future Lasts For Ever” by Ozcan Alper from Turkey won the Best Competition Film Award.

*Iraqi Festival Awards Iran Short Film

Iranian director Jalal Saed-Panah's The Sound of Rain has been awarded at the 2011 edition of Duhok International Film Festival in Iraq.

Saed-Panah's short film won the Golden Egg award of the 6th edition of the event.

The Sound of Rain recounts the story of an artist who lives atop one of the city roofs and is continuously disturbed by a boy who loves the artist over everything.

Other Iranian films were also screened at the festival including Rahim Zabihi's Land of legend, Batin Qobadi's Ask the Wind, Ebrahim Saeedi and Zahawi Sanjavi's All My Mothers and Salem Salavati's Kites Without Wind.

Countries such as Norway, Turkey, Germany, France and Iraq also presented their productions in forms of feature-length, short films and documentaries.

The 6th Duhok International Film Festival was held from December 12 to 17, 2011 in the city of Duhok in Kurdistan region of Iraq.

*Farhadi Film Nominated for BFCA awards

Award- sweeper Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's latest film has landed at the top list of nominees chosen by the 17th Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA).

Farhadi's Nader and Simin: A Separation has been nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film to compete with some other 2011 world top hit movies.

In Darkness by Agnieszka Holland (Poland), Le Havre by Aki Kaurismaki (Finland), The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodovar (Spain) and Where Do We Go Now by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon) are the other nominees of the category.

Farhadi's latest production also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award. It was also selected as the Foreign-language Film runner-up with City of Life and Death by Chinese filmmaker Cao Yu announced as the winner.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year.

Farhadi's critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's latest drama will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The award-sweeper family drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

The movie also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's latest production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

The 2011 Broadcast Film Critics Association is scheduled to hold its awards ceremony on January 12, 2012.

*Golden Globe Nominates 'A Separation'

Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's latest production Nader and Simin: A Separation has been nominated for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

Farhadi's award-sweeper film has entered the Best Foreign Language Film line-up of the 2011 Golden Globe Awards.

A Separation will compete with some other 2011 world top hit movies such as The Flowers Of War (China), The Kid With A Bike (Belgium), In The Land Of Blood And Honey (US) and The Skin I Live In (Spain).

Farhadi's latest production also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association's 2011 Screenplay Award.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year.

Farhadi's critically-acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's latest production will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The family drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

The movie also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's film.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the US in September and October 2011.

The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony will be held on January 15, 2012.

*'A Separation' Wins LAFCA Top Award

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's Nader and Simin, A Separation has been awarded by the 2011 Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Farhadi's latest production won this year's Screenplay Award. It was also selected as the Foreign-language Film runner-up with City of Life and Death by Chinese filmmaker Cao Yu announced as the winner.

Alexander Payne's Descendant was named Best Film of the year and Terrence Malick was selected the Best Director of the year for his Tree of Life.

The international film magazine, Sight and Sound recently announced Farhadi's Separation as the second best film of the year.

Farhadi's critically acclaimed movie has entered the Best Foreign film line-up of the International Press Academy (IPA) Satellite Awards. The 2011 New York Film Critics Circle also granted its Best Foreign Film award to A Separation.

The New York Times has predicted that Farhadi's latest drama will win the 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar.

The award-sweeper family drama has also been nominated for the Best International Film award of the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards (FINDIE).

The movie also won the best film honor of the 2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA), the Golden Bear Award of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival as well as the event's Silver Bears for the entire male and female cast ensemble.

The Golden Arena prize of Croatia's 2011 Pula Film Festival, and the Best Feature Film and the Best Screenplay awards of the 32nd Durban International Film Festival are also among the international honors of Farhadi's latest production.

A Separation had the most successful screening in France, where it was welcomed by more than 800, 000 film lovers and was called 'the summer's surprise' by the Le Monde newspaper.

The DVD edition of the film has been offered from November 8, 2011, for €19.95 in different French cities.

The audience favorite at this year's Berlin Film Festival also hit the screens in Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand over the past 4 months, and was also screened in the Unites States in September and October 2011.

*'Certified Copy' Wins Top SFFCC Award

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle has announced Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy as its 2011 Best Foreign Language Film.

Kiarostami's first non-Iranian feature, Certified Copy stars Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche and was shot in Tuscany, Italy.

The movie tells the story of a British writer (William Shimell) and his complicated relation with a French antique dealer (Juliette Binoche).

The film competed for the Palme d'Or at the 63rd edition of Cannes Film Festival, where Binoche received the Best Actress Award. It was also awarded the top Golden Spike award of the 2010 Valladolid Film Festival in Spain.

Produced by France's MK2, Certified Copy has been screened in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK, Greece, Portugal, Belgium, Taiwan, the US and Sweden.

As a filmmaker, painter, designer and photographer, Kiarostami has received many prestigious international awards, including the 1997 Cannes Golden Palm award and the 2008 Glory to the Filmmaker award of the Venice Film Festival.

The critics group of the 2011 San Francisco Film Critics Circle granted its Best Picture and the Best Director awards to Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life.

*Ankara University Honors Author Hushang Moradi Kermani

The Persian language and literature department of Ankara University paid homage to eminent writer Hushang Moradi Kermani during a ceremony on Sunday.

Cosponsored by the Iranian cultural attaché’s office in Turkey, the event was attended by several Iranian and Turkish university students.

“It is the duty of each Iranian to introduce Persian literature to the world and I am not an exception,” Moradi Kermani mentioned during the event.

He said that the literature of each country manifests its national glory, culture and history to the world.

“Each literary work has two aspects, one is reading and the other is its message. However, I did not intend to advise children in ‘Stories of Majid’ and I think it is the reason that the book has been welcomed in different countries,” he said.

Kelime Publications released the Turkish version of “The Stories of Majid” by Nezahat Basci which has been enthusiastically received by Turkish readers.

The Turkish version of “The Stories of Majid” was also selected as the Best Book in the field of translation at the ISTEK Schools International in Istanbul.

Moradi Kermani also pointed to the cultural communalities between the two neighboring countries of Iran and Turkey, saying that it is one of the reasons that his books have been welcomed by Turkish children.

“Sweet Jam”, “Like the Full Moon,” “The Tandoor” and “The Cruse” are other works by Kermani that have been translated into Turkish by Nezahat Basci.

Afterwards, Turkish author and literary critic Mustafa Aslan made a short speech on works by Moradi Kermani.

“I’ve been acquainted with Moradi Kermani through his stories and I think that ‘Stories of Majid” is inspired by his own childhood,” he mentioned.

He suggested that the author’s use of familiar characters in his stories like grocers and other people who are present in the society is the reason that his stories have been given a warm reception in Turkey.

“Although he is not a satirist, his writings are full of black comedy as well as educational issues,” he said.

“Moradi Kermani also benefited from classic poets like Hafez, Sadi and Rumi in his works,” he concluded.

At the ceremony, Iran’s cultural attaché to Ankara Abolhasssan Khalaj-Monfared pointed to communalities between Iran and Turkey.

“Iran and Turkey shares communalities in language, ideas and feelings through the centuries. Turkish children have concerns similar to those of Iranian children and this is the reason that Kermani’s books are welcomed in this country,” he said.

At the end of the ceremony, Moradi Kermani answered questions from the participants.

Moradi Kermani, 67, is an eminent writer of books primarily for children and teenagers. However, his works also appeal to adults.

His credits include “Sweet Jam” and “Like the Full Moon”, “Cushion”, and “The Big Clay Jar”, most of which have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, Armenian, Turkish and several other languages.

Moradi Kermani has been nominated for world literary awards such as the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden and the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award in Switzerland.

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