Iranian wushu fighters received gold medals in World Wushu Championships.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Iranian wushu fighters received gold medals

Iranian wushu fighters Shahrbanou Mansourian and Maryam Hashemi on Monday received gold medals in World Wushu Championships.

Mansourian in the weight category of – 70 kg defeated Brazilian rival in the first round and grabbed a gold medal. She also stood against Russia in the second round of the final match. Meanwhile, Hashemi in the weight category of – 75 kg overpowered Indian fighter and grabbed another gold medal for the Iranian squad. 

The 2019 World Wushu Championships featuring sanda and taolu competitions for both men and women kicked off in Shanghai, China, on Sunday (October 19) for four days.

Representatives from 102 world countries are present in the sports event.

Also, an Iranian - Mehdi Alinejad – was appointed on October 12 by President of the International Wushu Federation Yu Zaiqing as Chairman of World Wushu Championships Supervision Committee for the third consecutive year.




Munich on Tehran Time  

Mehdi Hejvani is selected as Iran’s nominee for the 2020 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Hejvani’s latest book “Munich on Tehran Time”, gives an account of two trips he made to Munich in 2005 and 2008 after winning scholarships from the International Youth Library (Internationale Jugendbibliothek, IJB) in the southern German city. The library grants the scholarship to foreign scientists with the objective of supporting research in the areas of international children’s and youth literature, illustration, and promoting scientific exchange and international co-operation.

In gatherings with his library mates, he made extensive efforts to give fair and honest responses in his poor English – as he described it – to the questions about Iran. He didn’t want to undermine his homeland, but at the same time he didn’t want to give inaccurate answers to persons who know of Iran only through misinformation from the Western media.

One of the best parts of the book is the chapter explaining Hejvani’s visit to a Munich school, which was arranged by the IJB. He was assigned by the library to attend two classes at the school to elaborate on his writings, his family and answer any questions about Iran.

Taking advantage of an opportunity to promote Persian literature, Hejvani gained approval from a library official to tell the schoolchildren the story “Elephant in the Dark House” from Persian poet Molana Jalal ad-Din Rumi’s masterpiece Masnavi-ye Manavi, which has been simplified by Firuzeh Golmohammadi.

During his classroom session, Hejvani was concerned that his presentation may have failed to impress the students, but he found some comfort in a sentence from the teacher, who wrote, “There was complete silence and the children were all ears while you were talking.”

While Hejvani, of course, was an Iranian, he lived like a perfect German citizen over his multi-month stay in Munich. During the trip, he learned how to live and think like German, with rigorous daily work schedules, and not wasting any spare time. Those scholars who win a scholarship to the IJB appear to serve as ambassadors of the library. The center also publishes articles by the scholars and makes the materials accessible to everyone.



Iranian cinematographers receive nominations at Poland Camerimage

Iranian cinematographers Mohammad Haddadi and Aiin Irani have been nominated for awards at the 27th Camerimage International Film Festival, the greatest and most widely recognized event dedicated to the art of cinematography that is organized in Torun, Poland.

Haddadi received the nomination for his collaboration in “A House for You” directed by Mehdi Bakhshi-Moqaddam. It will be screened in “Image of the World and World in Images”, a section dedicated to documentary features.

This section aims to recognize the art of documentary filmmaking as a creative interpretation of reality. 

The documentary is about Davud, a 30-year-old man who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, and his dream is to build a house for his beloved wife.

Irani was nominated for his cooperation in “17 Hours” directed by Pedram Nuri. It is an entry to the Student Etudes Competition. The short film depicts the last moments of a ten-year-old girl named Julia, who has been trapped under debris from an earthquake in Italy for 17 hours.

The Student Etudes Competition supports the development of novice filmmakers and provides a unique opportunity to showcase the cinematic achievements of students from various parts of the world.




Attar’s Elahi-nameh published in Japanese

The Elahi-nameh (The Book of God), one of the masterpieces of Persian literature by the mystic and poet Farid ud-Din Mohammad ibn Ebrahim Attar (C. 1142-1220), has recently been published in Japanese.

Heibonsha, a Tokyo-based publishing house best known for producing dictionaries, encyclopedias and books on art, history and philosophy, is the publisher of the book.

The book has been translated by Ayano Sasaki, a professor of Persian literature at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In a preface to the book, Sasaki wrote that she has rendered the book into Japanese based on a version of the Elahi-nameh that was corrected by Mohammadreza Shafiei Kadkani and published in 2006.



Iranian wrestler wins gold medal in ANOC World Beach Games

Iranian wrestler, Pouya Rahmani in the weight category of + 90 kg won a gold medal in ANOC World Beach Games held in Doha, Qatar. After defeating Turkish rival in the final match, Rahmani stood on the first place. He had earlier defeated Brazil, US, Greece and Azerbaijan.




2019 Stockholm Achievement Award presented to Payman Maadi

Iranian actor, Payman Maadi is awarded with the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award.

Payman Maadi got his big international break in Asghar Farhadi’s, A Separation. This year, the Iranian actor is awarded with the 2019 Stockholm Achievement Award for his unique quality of reaching through the screen, past prejudices and over borders. Payman Maadi will accept the Bronze Horse at the Nordic premiere and red-carpet screening of “6.5 Per Meter”.

Asghar Farhadi, Iranian director was presented with the 2018 Stockholm Visionary Award.

The 30th Stockholm International Film Festival will be held 6-17 November 2019.




"Am I a Wolf?” named best animation at DOK Leipzig

The Iranian short “Am I a Wolf?” by Amir-Hushang Moin won the Golden Dove for best animated film at the 62nd DOK Leipzig, a German festival for documentary and animated films.

The movie is about a group of children who perform the familiar story of the wolf and the yearlings in school as a puppet show. The nanny goat grieving for its yearlings and the angry wolf in its solitude face each other.

In the international competition for short documentary and animated films, “Puberty” by Elena Kondrateva from Russia also received the Golden Dove for best documentary.

“Asho” by Jafar Najafi from Iran won an honorable mention in this category. “Exemplary Behavior” co-directed by Lithuanian filmmakers Audrius Mickevicius and Nerijus Milerius was awarded the Golden Dove in the international competition for long documentary and animated films.

The Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition for long documentary and animated film went to “Safety123” by Austrian filmmakers Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler.
The Switzerland-based Iranian filmmaker Majid Movasseghi was a member of the Interreligious Jury at the 62nd DOK Leipzig, which took place in the German city from October 28 to November 3.




Iran U23 Greco-Roman team win world title

Iran Greco-Roman team won the title of the U23 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

The Iranian team finished in first place with 122 points, followed by Georgia (121) and Russia (118). Iran won three gold and three bronze medals in the competition.

Meysam Dalkhani in 63kg, Mohammadreza Geraei in 72kg and Aliakbar Yousefi in 130kg claimed three gold medals for Iran. Mehdi Mohsennejhad in 60kg, Sajad Imentalab in 67kg and Mohammadhadi Saravi in 97kg took three bronze medals.




Winners for Mustafa Prize 2019 to be awarded

The winners of the 3rd Mustafa Prize 2019 will be announced and granted awards during a ceremony on November 11.

Held biennially, the Mustafa Prize is a science and technology award, granted to top researchers and scientists of the Islamic world. During a press conference held at the Institute of Culture, Art and Architecture in Tehran, the president of Mustafa Prize, Mehdi Safarinia, said that 90 scientists from 30 countries will attend the ceremony.

The award will be granted to two scientists in the field of biomedical science and technology and three scientists in all fields of science and technology whose names will be announced at the ceremony, he noted.

Along with the Mustafa Prize ceremony in 5 universities of the country, there will be scientific programs.

The winners will be granted cash prizes financed through the endowments and contributions made to the prize, he said, calling on the benefactors to participate in the event.

Hassan Zohoor, head of the Mustafa Prize Scientific Committee, for his part, said that 5 scientists from Iran and Turkey will be awarded in the third edition of the event. All the nominees have been evaluated and selected with the participation of 500 jury members and 200 universities from 35 countries, he stated.

The Mustafa Prize is awarded in four categories of information and communication science and technology, life and medical science and technology, nanoscience and nanotechnology and all areas of science and technology.

The prize will be granted to the works which are deemed to have improved human life and made tangible and cutting-edge innovations on the boundaries of science or have presented new scientific methodology.