Iranians’ Latest Cultural Achievements

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Active Image*The Turkish version of Hushang Moradi Kermani’s “The Stories of Majid” was selected as the Best Book in the field of translation at the ISTEK Schools International in Istanbul.

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

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

Kermani is invited by Kelime Publications to attend the of ISTEK Schools celebration this coming November.

Moradi Kermani (born September 7, 1944) is an eminent author of books primarily for children and teenagers. However, his works also appeal to adults.

A number of his books have been translated into English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Arabic, and Armenian.

Turkey’s Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts also planted five trees last week at the Hatira Ormani, a forestation project, in commemoration of Kermani as a symbol of the green, prosperous world he presents to Turkish children through his books.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Khosrow Masoumi has been awarded the Best Director prize of the 12th edition of the Pyongyang International Film Festival.

Masoumi received the award for his 2008 production Wind Blows in the Meadows, Fars News Agency reported.

The 90-minute film recounts the story of an Iranian village girl who married her neighbor with Down syndrome to help her poor family.

The 2010 Pyongyang International Film Festival was opened during a ceremony in the North Korean capital on September 17th.

The event which ran until September 24th screened nearly 100 feature-length films and documentaries from all around the globe.

Vahid Nikkhah-Azad's Mahboubeh, Mehdi Sabbaghzadeh's Mangro and Fereydoun Hassanpour's On Foot were among the productions representing Iran in this year's festival.

Active Image*Iranian children and young adults have been awarded at the 5th edition of the Tianjin International Children's Painting Competition held in China.

Iranian participants won one silver and four bronze medals at the event which was held on the themes of peace, friendship and future.

Atefeh Soufi, 15, received the silver medal of the contest while Ghazal Goudarzi, 9, Nafiseh Ehteshampour, 12, Persia Khalifeh-Soltani, 12, and Sepideh Qorbanali, 14, received bronze medals.

Mohaddeseh Khoshalhan, 8, Mahsa Qavidel, 12, and Hourieh Sotoudeh, 11, received the catalogue of the contest and their paintings were announced among the selected works.

The 5th Tianjin International Children's Painting Competition was held in 2009 and 54 works by members of Iran's Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults also participated in the event.

Active Image*Veteran Iranian filmmaker Kamran Shirdel has been appointed as the head of the film selection committee of the 1st UK Iranian Film Festival.

The 71-year-old director will be accompanied by Patrick Tucker, Zoran Veljkovic and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb.

The week-long festival will kick off on November 19th in London screening documentaries, shorts and feature-length films produced since 2005.

One of the most renowned Iranian documentary makers, Shirdel studied at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and worked as an assistant director with American filmmaker and actor, John Huston.

Solitude Opus 1, The Morning of the Fourth Day, The Night it Rained, and Tehran is the Capital of Iran are among Shirdel's best known works.

Shirdel is the founder and director of the Kish International Documentary Film Festival, held on the southern Iranian island of Kish every January.

He has been honored at Italy's Asiatica Film Mediale in 2008 and has received the Italian Order of Merit in May 2010 for his contributions to art and culture.

A visual arts competition section will also be held on the sidelines of the 1st UK Iranian Film Festival with Seifollah Samadian and Hossein Khosrojerdi as the selection team.

Artists can take part in the contest by sending their photographs, illustrations and drawings.

Active Image*Iranian filmmaker Babak Amini's Banquet under the Water has been awarded at the 2010 edition of the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films.

The 15-minute film received the Bronze Jury Prize of the event which was held from September 8 to 11, screening 80 productions from 20 countries around the globe.

Produced by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), the film recounts the story of a couple who defuse land mines remained after the Iraq-Iran war in a camp near the two countries' border.

Amini's films have always been praised and awarded in international festivals.

His Angels Die in the Soil was also screened in numerous festivals around the globe collecting awards such as the best Short Narrative at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival.

The Volvo Grand Award of the Circuito Off Venice International Short Film Festival and the Best International Film Award of the Palm Springs Festival are also among the prizes garnered by the film.

Born in 1978 in Iran's Kurdistan, Babak Amini attended school in Tehran before graduating with a degree in philosophy.

He worked for 10 years as an assistant to director Bahman Qobadi for films such as A Time for Drunken Horses, Turtles Can Fly and Half Moon.

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