Q&A: Iranian Jewish Filmmaker Lila Yomtoob on “America 1979” film

“America 1979,” is a film about an Iranian-American family’s experience living in the US during the hostage crisis. The following link from Jewish Journal, is  a Q & A with filmmaker, Lila Yomtoob about her film “America 1979.”

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(from http://america1979.com/)                                                                     America 1979 is a fourteen minute narrative film in which an Iranian American nine year old girl and her teenage brother are coming of age. The Iran Hostage Crisis is in full force and is influencing how they behave, how they are treated, and ultimately who they will grow up to be.

View trailer below:

This film will be screening soon in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Film Festival, on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:00pm

 

 

 

 

New Year’s dreams – What do Iranians wish for this year that just started?

Another great article from The Other Iran!

The other Iran

The start of a new year is associated with dreams and new things we would like to achieve.

Iranians wrote down what they wish of this New Year and were photographed holding their written wishes and an element of the haft sin. Enjoy the photo gallery!

Click on a photo and see the translation of all the wishes:

Learn more about the Iranian New Year (Nowruz), its traditions and food: http://theotheriran.com/tag/nowruz/

Sources: Mehr News Agency | Photos

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Photo gallery: Nowruz – Iranian New Year Food and Sweets

Iran Nowruz New Year Food Sabzi Polow LatifehIranian sweets are the best!

The other Iran

The main dish for Nowruz is Sabzi Polow Mahi (Sabzi Polow = Rice with fresh herbs, Mahi = Fish). In addition you have Kookoo/Kuku Sabzi (an Iranian Frittata made of fresh herbs and optionally barberries and walnuts). Besides this you have all kinds of sweets, some of them are depicted below:

Sources:

Tumeric and Saffron 1, 2, 3My persian kitchen 1, 2, Persian mama, Iran review, Bottom of the pot

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Nowruz – The Iranian New Year

Haft Sin TablePhoto gallery of Nowruz Haft Seen

The other Iran

Nowruz (meaning Now=new and ruz=day “The New Day”) is the name of the Iranian New Year. It marks the first day of spring or Equinox and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar and is officially registered on the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Nowruz is celebrated by people from diverse ethnic communities and religious backgrounds for thousands of years. It is a secular holiday for most celebrants that is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, but remains a holy day for Zoroastrians. It originated in Persia in one of the capitals of the Achaemenid empire in Persis in Iran and is also celebrated by the cultural region that came under Iranian influence.

Countries that have Nowruz as a public holiday include the following: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, India, Iran, Iraq (Iraqi Kurdistan), Kazakhstan, Mongolia (regional state holiday only), Pakistan, Tajikistan…

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