Iranians’ Cultural Achievements

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Active Image*Italy has awarded its annual Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Prize to female Iranian writer, Parinoush Saniee for her debut novel, My Share.

Organized by the Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Society and Rotary Club Valdelsa, the award is granted to an Italian writer, a foreign writer and a journalist on the second Saturday of every September.

Saniee's book which depicts the personal and social lives of Iranian women was translated into Italian by Sepideh Rouhi and Narges Monsef.

My Share was first published by Iran's Rouzbehan publication in 2003 and has been reprinted many times since then.

Italian writer Alessandro Baricco and Italian journalist Giovanni Minoli were the other two winners of this year's Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Prize.

Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian author and poet, better known for his dialogue which is said to have surpassed in verisimilitude that of all his contemporaries.

An important Renaissance humanist, Boccaccio was a friend, student, and correspondent of Petrarch. The Decameron and On Famous Women are among his better-known works.

Active Image*The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development has awarded Iranian documentary maker Mehrdad Oskoui for his moving and informative films.

The 41-year-old filmmaker won the fund's € 25.000 award in the film and photography category. Mexican photographer Maya Goded and Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhang-Ke also received similar awards.

The Dutch fund honored Oskoui for “his honest engagement with his subjects and his commitment to accurately representing their concerns, and for working in difficult contexts to break down prejudice and generate social justice.”

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development aims to identify and honor artists, cultural groups and organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, who are doing outstanding work to expose, analyze, reduce and resolve conflicts through their innovative cultural actions.

A graduate of Tehran's University of Arts, Oskoui has made nearly 20 successful films and documentaries, and is the founder of Iran's Short Film Society.

His 2004 production The Other Side of the Burka won the 2005 Golden Dragon Award of the Cracow Film Festival.

Oskoui's Nose, Iranian Style which focuses on the rhinoplasty epidemic in contemporary Iran, has also won him many international awards.

Active Image*Iranian prominent actress Leila Hatami has received top award at the 13th edition of the Zimbabwe International Film Festival (ZIFF) in the city of Harare.

The Iranian actress won the event's Best Actress Award for her role in the feature-length film Every night, Loneliness directed by Rasoul Sadr-Ameli.

The 90-minute film, which has already received 6 international awards, recounts the story of a couple who travel to the Iranian city of Mashhad to visit the shrine of the eighth Shia Imam when the wife's fatal illness worsens.

The non-profit, non-political Zimbabwe International Film Festival is a ten-day annual event that showcases feature-lengths, short films, and documentaries from across the globe as well as hosting workshops and cultural events. This year it was held from August 27 to September 5.

Other Iranian films including Token by Fereydoun Hasanpour, Tehran Has No More Pomegranates by Massoud Bakhshi, and Granaz by Abbas Rafei were also screened during the event.

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