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Negar Javaherian – Awarded Iranian actress

Negar Javaherian holds a Bachelor Degree in Stage Design from the School of Art and Architecture at Azad University in Tehran, Iran. She started her acting career in theatre at the age of sixteen. In 2001, at the age of seventeen, she acted in her first film I Am Taraneh, I Am Fifteen Years Old (2002). Since then, she has played in a number of films and theatrical performances.

Her recent films include Howze Naghashi (2013), for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Award by the Asia Pacific Screen Academy (Australia), Here Without Me (2011), for which she won the Best Actress in the Supporting Role at the 15th Cinema Home Ceremony (Iran), Gold and Copper (2011), for which she received the Best Actress in the Leading Role Award at the 28th Fajr Film Festival (Iran) and Before the Burial (2008), for which she was awarded the Best Actress prize at the 11th Osian’s Cinefan Festival (India).

Negar Javaherian performed in a theatrical play The Fourth Wall (2012-2013) which was awarded the Best Performance of the Year (Iran). Two theatrical plays, Ivanov (2011) and Where Were You on January 8th? (2010), went on European festival tours. For the latter, she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the International Fajr Theatre Festival (Iran).

Best Actress in a Leading Role for Tala va Mes, from 28th Fajr Film Festival, 2010 (1388)
Best Actress in a Leading Role for Tala va Mes, from cinema home ceremony, 2010 (1388)

Sources: imdb.com, Wikipedia | Negar Javaherian

Ten-year-old Iranian girl Fatemeh Mahallati honored at Japanese drawing competition

15th International Environmental Children's Drawing Contest - First Prize - International Section - by 10-year-old Fatemeh Mahallati  from Iran

by 10-year-old Fatemeh Mahallati from Iran

Ten-year-old Iranian girl Fatemeh Mahallati has won one of 45 first prizes in the international section of the 14th International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest in Japan. Her work depicts a number of people working on a farm.

“In my painting, I drew animals, flowers and people who are working on a farm and they are happy as they are living in nature,” Fatemeh told the Persian service of ISNA on Sunday.

“What I drew in my painting were the things I have previously seen in my visits to farms and green areas,” she added. “The environment and nature are important and we should protect the things concerning nature,” she stated.

Fatemeh has been a member of the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA) in Raine, a town near the southern Iranian city of Kerman, since 2009.

In a message sent to Fatemeh last week, the director of Iran’s Department of Environment, Masoumeh Ebtekar, congratulated her for achievement at the competition.

Iranian successes in the previous 14 years (click on the pictures to see them in full size with age of the kid and prize that was won):

The contest was organized the Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA), the International Certification Network (IQNet) and the Tokyo branch of UNICEF.

The 6-year-old Japanese child, Kusaka Nana, won the Environmental Best Prize, which is the top honor of the contest.

The best prize of the international section was presented to the 12-year-old Ukrainian boy, Oleksiy Rakoma, and the UNICEF special prize went to the 7-year-old Bangladeshi boy, Raihan Fairooz Tarannum.

About the contest:
Since 1999, Japan Quality Assurance Organization (JQA) and International Certification Organization Network (IQNet) have been hosting the International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest for children aged 7 to 15 years old from around the world, supported by UNICEF Tokyo Office.
So far, the contest has been held 15 times with over 21,000 entries that this year we’ve had entries from a record breaking 81 countries. In total, we have received more than 220,000 drawings up to now.
Full of imagination and artistic sensitivity, children drew pictures about nature and animals, their families and the surrounding area. The pictures also contain the message towards global environment, beyond borders and difference in their background cultures and languages.

Sources: Tehran Times , The International Environmental Children’s Drawing Contest

Sahar Pakseresht: Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom Union

The Young Innovators Competition has many challenges includes ‘Local Digital Content’, ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ and ‘Smart Cities and Climate Change’.

Sahar Pakseresht was one of the participants of ‘Open Source Technologies for Disaster Management’ challenge.Her idea, called ‘NAJI’ has been selected as the winner of this challenge among almost 150 applications from a group of dedicated, exciting and motived young people from all over the world.

Sahar Pakseresht Young Iranian woman wins the ‘The Young Innovators Competition’ of the International Telecom UnionSo, What is ‘NAJI’? Naji (means savior in Persian) is a two part system, consisting of a bracelet that marks the user’s location and vital signs in a disaster, making rescue easier and a mobile application which streamlines requests for assistance from emergency personnel. It functions over a range of communication systems in order to make sure that it continues to function when needed, by switching from data to phone to SMS to USSD as needed.

What does NAJI do in details?

She says: “I faced the earthquake when I was 15 years old. It was the most horrible things in my life, I saw myself too close to death. I was wonder how to overcome to this fear and save lives of human with the help of technology.” Sahar wrote, “If I can save the life of one person then my mission is done successfully. Once I heard about this competition I found out that this competition is the way that I was always looking for to reach my goals.”

Source: techly.co – An Iranian girl is a winner of ITU Telecom World 2014

Reza Dormishian: Iranian film director, screenwriter and producer


Reza Dormishian is an Iranian film director, screenwriter and producer. He has worked as assistant director with remarkable directors such as Dariush Mehrjui, Fereydoun Jeyrani, and Alireza Davood Nejad.

He is one of the most prominent and distinguished directors of the new generation of the Iranian cinema, whose films have always been received well by the people, critics, and international festivals because of their social themes and modern structure.

He started writing as a film critic in 1997 for several newspapers. He later worked as an executive editor for cinema books and magazines. He was an assistant to some prestigious Iranian filmmakers, including Dariush Mehrjui and Alireza Davood Nejad. He has also worked as a screenwriter. He started making short films and documentaries in 2002. Hatred is his first feature film, produced independently in Istanbul. Hatred displays the frenzied love and hatred and two accounts from two phases in the life of an Iranian refugee couple in Istanbul, Turkey. The film was received well by critics and cinema writers and the Iranian critics gave it three awards (Best Directing, Best Cinematography, and Best Editing). Although Hatred was censored to be screened in Iran, it was screened and praised in various festivals such as Competition Section of 36th Montreal Film Festival in Canada, Competition Section of 28th Warsaw Film Festival in Poland, and Competition Section of Camerimage Film Festival in Poland.

Source: Wikipedia | Reza Dormishian

Baran Kosari: Awarded Iranian actress

Baran Kosari, born on October 17th 1985 in Tehran, is an award winning Iranian actress. She is the daughter of director Rakhshan Bani Etemad, and film producer Jahangir Kosari.

She graduated from Soureh academy. The Best Papa of the World (1991) is her first acting experiment. She had appearances in some of her mother’s films, Nargess (1991), Rusari-ye Abi (The Blue-Veiled, 1994), May Lady (1997), Kish Stories (Rain and Ladsman episode – 1998), Under the Skin of the City (2000), Our Times (documentary, 2001).

In 2007 she was nominated for the best performance by an actress in Asia Pacific Screen Award for her performance in Mainline. Baran Kosari also ascertained her abilities as a theater actress with playing in Over the Mirror (1997), with Azita Hajian directing.

Best Actress / 33rd Fajr International Film Festival / The Nameless Alley (2015)
Best Actress / 1st National Young Iranian Film Festival / Ablah (2010)
Best Actress / 11th Iran Cinema Celebration / Khunbazi (2007)
Best Actress / 25th Fajr International Film Festival / Iran Competition / Khoon Bazi and Ruz-e sevvom (2007)
Honorary Diploma / 25th International Fajr Film Festival / Khoon Bazi (2007)
Best Teenage Actress / Critic’s Choice / Baran-o-Bumi, Zir-e puste shahr (2000)

Other activities
Screenwriter (Ablah – 2007)
Secretary of Scene (Gilaneh – 2004)
Festival Arbiter, 17th Teenage Film Festival (Isfahan – 2002)

Source: Wikipedia | Baran Kosari

Nima Javidi: Awarded Iranian Filmmaker (Biography, scenes from Melbourne and it’s premiere in Iran)

Nima Javidi - Iranian Film directorNima Javidi was born in 1980. A qualified mechanical engineer, Javidi began making short films in 1999 and has made six to date: Marathon Paralyzed Champion (1999), A Call for O (2001), The Poor Earth (2004), Changeable Weather (2007), Crack (2009) and Catnap (2010).

He has also directed two documentaries, Person (2007) and An Ending to an Ancient Profession (2007) and more than 30 television commercials.

Melbourne (2014), which he wrote and directed, is his feature film debut. It recently won Best Film at the Cairo Film Festival and Best Script at the Stockholm Film Festival and opened the Venice Film Critic’s Week.

The following video might be interesting for non Iranians, just to see how Iranian celebrities in Iran visited the premier of the movie. Scenes and Interview with the crew of “Melbourne”:

Source: Asia Pacific Screen Awards | Nominees & Winners 2014

Nazanin Daneshvar: Tehran’s Trail Blazing Tech Entrepreneur

As a young businesswoman in Iran, Nazanin Daneshvar didn’t plan to become one of Tehran’s trail blazing techpreneurs.  She has overcome obstacles of both age, and gender. The 30-year old is part of a startup scene so vibrant, more than one hundred people recently competed for a place at the country’s first private accelerator, providing mentorship as well as funding.

Tehran’s techpreneurs say one of the few benefits of sanctions are the almost limit-less opportunities to localize popular Western sites, like YouTube and PayPal. […]

Women dominate the hard sciences at Iranian universities, studying subjects like engineering, math and chemistry. And, women are involved in Tehran’s tech sector, but Daneshvar says the real problem is getting the older segments of society to take web businesses seriously.

Shifting traditional mindsets and uptake is a slow process, but with a compelling sales pitch, Daneshvar and her sales team have more than 10,000 merchants on board.

“We are solving a problem. Advertising is so expensive, and there is a financial crunch, so we say to merchants, just give us a discount, and we will get customers for you and bring a lot of PR. There’s limited disposable income, so if you can double the performance you can get out of that, why wouldn’t you? We only sell as many deals as the businesses can handle.”

Takhfifan earns a variable commission on the sale of each coupon for discounted services. […]

The company has grown from two sisters in a tiny office, selling one deal a week, to a staff of 60, with deals in seven different cities. Daneshvar’s entirely boot-strapped business has seen 100% growth since launch.

“The first year we doubled in growth every two months. This is still not comparable to Groupon. This is organic growth. We don’t have a marketing budget.”

Daneshvar says most Iranian startups operate with zero to little funding. Wealthy parents invest their money in property, rather than their children’s tech aspirations. In her case, Daneshvar says her parents’ support came in the form of many middle class families: room and board.

The success of Takhfifan has led Daneshvar to develop a new venture Tarinan, a review site, driven by customer demand. […]

Tarinan, a local search and review-based platform launched last year and we’ve just launched mobile. We have more than 30,000 reviews without advertising, not a single penny spent and our company is completely boot-strapped – both of them.”

Denashvar has won all sorts of awards for her site, including recognition from Silicon Valley, but she says the real challenge goes back to mentorship. It’s a culture that doesn’t exist in Iran – yet.

“People are changing jobs every three months, every six months, because they don’t have proper mentorship to teach them how to work. In the US, people take lots of internships, here there is no such eco-system. People don’t have this tradition of looking at a career. The only option is taking over their parents’ shop.”

But that’s changing. Tehran’s tech community is banking on leaders like Denashvar, to do more than recruit others to the sector; they’re counting on her, with a requisite failure and success under her belt, to be one of Iran’s pioneering mentors.

Source: Forbes | Tehran’s trail blazing techpreneur

Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of awarded Iranian painter Sirak Melkonian

Iranian painter Sirak-Melkonian-1-HR

Iranian painter Sirak Melkonian

Two galleries in Tehran are holding a retrospective of painter Sirak Melkonian in a joint project. A collection of paintings created over the past 70 years by the 85-year-old artist are on display at the Aria and Ab Anbar galleries, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday.

The two exhibitions opened on January 30 and will run until February 19.

Aria Gallery: 10 Zarrin Alley, off Vali-e Asr Ave.
Ab Anbar Gallery: 2 Roshan Manesh Alley, Khaqani St., off Enqelab Ave.

Sirak Melkonian was born in Iran in 1931. He gained national recognition in 1957, winning a prize in the Contemporary Iranian Artist Exhibition of the Iran American Society. That achievement was followed by the Imperial Court Prize Tehran Biennale in 1958 and first prize in 1959 for the Tehran Paris Biennale. First prize in 1974 International Art Exhibition In Tehran brought him International acclaim and he was subsequently invited to exhibit his work at the International Exhibit in Basil, Switzerland.
Throughout 1976 and 1977 he exhibited internationally, most notably at the exhibition of Grand Palais and the Salon De Montrouge in Paris, as well as the Washington International Artfair in the United States. Sirak currently lives and teaches in Toronto, Canada.

1957- Winning a prize in the Contemporary Iranian Artist Exhibition of the Iran American Society.
1958- The Imperial Court Prize Tehran Biennale
1959- First prize for the Tehran Paris Biennale.
1974- First prize for International Art Exhibition In Tehran

Some works by Sirak Melkonian

More works by Sirak Melkonian: Mahart Gallery | Sirak Melkonian

Sources: Facebook | Sirak Melkonian, Payvand News of Iran

Iranian-American music conductor and composer Shahrdad Rohani directed orchestra in Tehran

Acclaimed music conductor Shahrdad Rohani performed an orchestra for a big audience Friday night at Tehran’s Grand Hall of the Interior Ministry.

Shahrdad Rohani, born May 27, 1954 in Tehran, Iran is an Iranian-American composer, violinist/pianist, and conductor. His style is contemporary and he is well known for composing and conducting classical, instrumental, adult contemporary/new age, film soundtrack as well as pop music.

Early life
His father, Reza Rohani, was an accomplished musician and Shahrdad followed in his father’s footsteps. He started down the path of becoming a musician at the age of five when he learned to play the violin under the instruction of his father.

He was a student to a well-known Persian violinist, Ebrahim Rouhifar. At age 10 he attended the Persian National Music Conservatory of Tehran. He studied with a Swiss teacher named Basil as well as an Armenian teacher named Hagh Nazarian, who taught him to play the piano; they worked together for seven years.

After studying at the Tehran Conservatory, Shahrdad Rohani left his family, many of whom still remain in Iran, and traveled in 1975 to Austria where he attended the Academy and Conservatories of Music in Vienna. Then, in the early 1980’s, he accepted a scholarship to study music at UCLA and moved to the United States.

Musical career
From 1987 until 1991 Mr. Rohani served as the music director and conductor of the COTA symphony orchestra in Los Angeles. He has appeared as a guest conductor with a number of prestigious orchestras including London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras and many others.

Shahrdad arranged the music and conducted the orchestra to supplement Yanni’s keyboard compositions during the Yanni Live at the Acropolis concert in 1993, an open-air concert with the London Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the Parthenon, Athens, Greece. Shahrdad also played the violin in all but two of the tracks during this concert. Yanni Live at the Acropolis was acclaimed by both critics and audience and became the most widely viewed program ever shown on Public Television in United States and is the second best-selling music video of all time.

Rohani was commissioned in 1998 by the government of Thailand and the committee of the 13th Asian Games to compose and conduct the music for opening ceremonies. The composition became the most popular song of the Asian Games.

In 1999 Rohani received the Thailand’s Pikanes award, the country’s most prestigious music award for an outstanding orchestral performance. The award is considered the highest artistic achievement.

Sources: Mehr News Agency, wikipedia, IIP Digital | U.S. Department of State

Newsha Tavakolian: Iranian photojournalist and documentary photographer

Newsha Tavakolian - Iranian photojournalistNewsha Tavakolian (born 1981 in Tehran) is an Iranian photojournalist and documentary photographer. She has worked for Time Magazine, The New York Times, Le Figaro, and National Geographic. She is particularly known for focusing on women’s issues in her work, and has been a member of the Rawiya women’s photography collective, she co-established in 2011. She lives and works in Tehran.

Born and brought up in Tehran, Tavakolian is a self-taught photographer. She began working professionally in the Iranian press at age of 16, at women’s daily newspaper ‘Zan’, after a 6-month photography course. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, using her Minolta with 50mm lens, her photographs were published in several publications.

She got her international break in 2001 at age 21, when she met J.P. Pappis, founder Polaris Images, New York at photography festival in Perpignan, France. Thereafter, she began covering Iran for Polaris Images, in the same year, and started working as a freelancer for The Times in 2004.

In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq for several months. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Yemen. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and The New York Times Magazine.

Countering the predominantly male western dominance on photojurnalism in her region, she brought together a group of six Middle Eastern women photographers, uniting them in the RAWIYAH collective.

A common theme in her work is photo stories of women, friends and neighbours in Iran, evolving role of women in overcoming gender-based restrictions, and contrasts the stereotypes in western media. Her photo projects include Mother of Martyrs (2006), Women in the Axis of Evil (2006), The Day I Became a Woman (2010) and Look (2013), which opened at Thomas Erben Gallery, New York City.

She was part of the 2006 Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo. In 2007 she was a finalist for the Inge Morath Award. Her work has been exhibited and collected at institutions such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Somerset House, London (April 2014), where she was one of eight Iranian photographers featured in the critically acclaimed “Burnt Generation” exhibition.

In 2012, her first book “The Fifth Pillar” was published by Gilgamesh publishers in London, covering her personal take on the annual Muslim pilgrimage, the Hajj. More recently, Newsha was commissioned by the Qatar Foundation to travel around the world for 3 months taking photographs for a book about education to be published in March 2014. Also in 2014 Newsha was a member of the 2014 World Press Photo competition jury. Her work will be exhibited in Paris in November 2014, where also her new book will be launched. After Paris the work will go on a tour to London, Frankfurt and Milan.

2014 Fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award.
2009 Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize Finalist, United Kingdom
2007 Inge Morath Award, Finalist, Magnum Photo Agency, New York, United States
2006 Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006 Still Photography Award from the All Roads Film Project, National Geographic, Washington, D.C, USA
2003 Runner-up in Picture of the Year International Competition, Magazine Feature Category, National Press Photographers Association and Missouri School of Journalism, USA

She Who Tells a Story – Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, Kristen Gresh with a foreword by Michket Krifa. MFA Publications, 164 pages, 110 color illustrations
2012 Fifth Pillar, Hajj Pilgrimage, by Newsha Tavakolian, Gilgamesh Publishing House
2010 A History of Women’s Photographers, by Naomi Rosenblum, Abbeville Press.
2008 Iranian Photography Now, by Rose Issa, Hatje Cantz Verlag
2009 Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations, by Malu Halasa and Maziar Bahari, Garnet Publishing

Sources: Newsha Tavakolian Photography, Wikipedia | Newsha Tavakolian

“A Few Cubic Meters of Love” an award winning movie produced by two Afghan refugees that fled to Iran 30 years ago

“A Few Cubic Meters of Love” is a drama on migration and love directed and produced by Afghan brothers Jamshid Mahmudi and Navid Mahmudi who have lived in Iran for the past 30 years. The story of the film is set somewhere in the outskirts of Tehran, where a small factory illegally employs Afghan asylum seekers, who live with their families in old containers or modest shacks in nearby shanty towns. Saber, a young Iranian worker, secretly meets Marona, daughter of Abdolsalam, an Afghan worker. A love story unfolds. “A Few Cubic Meters of Love” is Jamshid Mahmudi’s debut film, which premiered at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran in February 2014. The film won him the Simorgh for best director in the New View section of the festival. “I would have felt bad had we not won any award at this event,” Jamshid Mahmudi said during the review session. “Because we did our best to make the film be warmly received,” he added.

The film is currently on screen at Iranian movies theaters. “The reason behind why Iranian people like this film, is that it is a real-life drama,” Jamshid Mahmudi stated. The film was selected to represent Afghanistan at the 87th Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, but was not nominated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqz41QkdG4c UNHCR about refugees in Iran: Iran is host to one of the world’s largest and most protracted refugee populations. […] The global economic downturn, removal of subsidies, and intensified international sanctions have caused hyperinflation, affected the delivery of basic services, and resulted in a dramatic rise in living costs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Some 24 per cent of registered refugees are considered vulnerable, a rate that is expected to increase due to the economic situation. […] Sanctions also continue to negatively impact UNHCR’s ability to provide humanitarian assistance in an effective and timely manner. High inflation rates have substantial consequences for both the operation and partners. Comparison: Refugee numbers – GDP (nominal) per capita with richer and bigger regional neighbor country

Country GDP (nominal) per capita in US dollars Number of hosted refugees
Iran   6,363$ 868,242
Saudi Arabia 25,962$ 550

Must read regarding Afghan refugees in Iran: https://theotheriran.com/tag/afghanistan/ Sources: Payvand News of Iran United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees The Guardian

“Timeloss” by Iranian theater group Mehr to go on stage in New York and Los Angeles

The Mehr Theater Group led by Iranian director and writer Amir-Reza Kuhestani will perform “Timeloss” in the American cities of New York and Los Angeles. “Timeloss”, a fiery story about the passage of time, is another version of “Dance on Glass”, which Kuhestani staged in 2001.

Iranian play “Timeloss” on stage in the US: 16th to 18th January 2015 / Under The Radard Festival, New York 21st and 22nd January 2015 / Off Center Festival, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Los Angeles

The play is an entry to “Under the Radar Festival”, a festival tracking new theater from around the world that is taking place at the Public Theater in New York from January 7 to 18.

The troupe will have their first performance Friday night. They will have three more performances at the Public Theater until January 18. Their next performance will be in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Los Angeles on January 21 and 22.

Starring Hassan Majuni and Mahin Sadri, the play will be performed in Persian with English supertitles. The play was staged at the Paris Autumn Festival in November 2014. It has also been staged in Hamburg, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva and Rotterdam.

Kuhestani is one of Iran’s most successful and prolific playwright-directors. His “Dance on Glass” won international acclaim and toured for four years. He is the first director to win two consecutive awards for the best theater production of the year in Iran for his play “Ivanov” (2011) and “The Fourth Wall” (2012).

Source: Payvand News of Iran

Other interesting related read:
The Guardian | Intimacy, love and separation in contemporary Iranian theatre

Winners of 9th National Biennial of Persian Painting announced

TEHRAN – Winners of the ninth edition of the National Biennial of Persian Painting were announced during a ceremony at the Iranian Academy of Arts in Tehran on Saturday.

Photo by Sharareh Samei, Honaronline

The participants competed in the five categories of illumination, tash’ir, a form of simple illumination decorated with tiny disordered patterns, gol-o-morgh, a unique style of Persian painting featuring bird and floral motifs in different colors, drawing and Persian painting.

Nasrin Aqamiri won the first prize for her artwork in the category of illumination, the second prize went to Maryam Labani Motlaq and the third was given to Farid Honarvar.

In the tash’ir category, the first prize was given to Sara Aqamiri, the second to Alireza Esmaeilpur and the third to Arezoo Hosseini.

A winner leaves the stage after receiving her award at the closing ceremony of the 9th Iranian National Biennial of Persian Painting in Tehran on January 3, 2015. Organizers and some members of the jury are also seen in the photo. (Source: Honaronline/Sharareh Samei)

Abbas Shahsavari, Bahman Sharifi and Amir Farid were the three winners of the drawing category respectively.

The first prize of gol-o-morgh was given to Mohammadreza Aqamiri, the second to Majid Fattahi and the third prize was shared by Ataollah Shakeri and Rana Sharilu.

Winners of the Persian painting category were Hadi Faqihi, Mostafa Sharafi and Mehdi Mazlumzadeh.

The awards were presented to the winners by Deputy Culture Minister for Artistic Affairs Ali Moradkhani and Director of the Center for Visual Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance Majid Mollanoruzi.

In addition, a valuable book containing works by the participants as well as works by masters and veterans was unveiled during the ceremony.

Moreover, the young physically-challenged artist Rahim Azimi who paints with his feet was honored at the ceremony.

The exhibit ran from December 8 to 31 at Tehran’s Saba Art and Cultural Institute.






Three Iranian children were awarded at the Bulgarian painting competition entitled “Music and Devotional Dances”.

Child paint

Three Iranian children were awarded diplomas of honor at the International Montana Children Painting Competition in Bulgaria.

Paria Pirmandi, 12, Kimia Mahmoudtash, 14, both from West Azarbaijan province and Elaheh Yarahmadi, 7, from Lorestan province were awarded in the competition themed ‘Music and Devotional Dances’.

The Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults had forwarded some 331 works to the event.



Iran ranks first among 57 Islamic countries in terms of science and research

Iran stands first among Islamic states in terms of registering inventions, a ‘Science-Innovation Atlas of Islamic States’ report released by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) said.

Based on the report presented in the 7th meeting of Islamic ministers of educations in Morocco, Iran ranks first among the 57 Islamic countries in terms of science and research.

Up to 50 percent of Islamic countries’ research papers are produced in Iran and Turkey, it said.



Iranian novelist Zoya Pirzad receives France’s Chevalier of Legion of Honor

Zoya Pirzad

Zoya Pirzad (born 1952 in Abadan), an Iranian author who is known for her novels “Things We Left Unsaid” and “We Will Get Used to It” which have been reprinted several times already, has received France’s Chevalier of Legion of Honor.

The Acrid Taste of Persimmon”, “One Day till Easter” and “Like Every Evening” are among Pirzad’s novels which have been bundled together under the title of “Three Books”.

The Iranian novelist has also translated “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll and a collection of haikus.

Her books are among Persian literary works which have been rendered into different languages, including French.


  • Things We Left Unsaid (Cheragh-ha ra man khamush mikonam), tr. Franklin Lewis, London: Oneworld, 2012.
  • Yek ruz mandeh beh eid-e pak (“One Day Till Easter”)
  • Ta’am gass khormalu (“The Acrid Taste of Persimmon”)
  • Mesl-e hameh asr-ha (“Like Every Evening”)
  • Adat mikonim (“We Will Get Used to It”)

All the books mentioned above have been translated into French and published by Zulma Publishers in Paris.[3]

Zoya Pirzad’s works have also been translated into German, Italian, Turkish, Spanish and Greek, published in those countries.




Iranian Prof. Behrokh Khoshnevis joins the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI)

Iranian professor joins US National Academy of Inventors

Professor Khoshnevis who is a Sharif Poly Technique University graduate, is well-known worldwide for his newly-developed three-dimensional building printing system.

An Iranian scholar and an associate professor at the University of South California joined the US National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

The NAI is an elite group of inventors which includes 21 Nobel laureates from across the world.

The institute brings together 414 leading inventors, 16 of whom have won the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and 10 have received the Great Seal of the US.

Dr. Khoshnevis who is Sharif Poly Technique University graduate is well-known worldwide for his newly-developed three-dimensional building printing system.

His robot system is able to construct a 2500-square feet building in 18-19 hours jointly with four other people.

He is now working on systems for quick construction of buildings on the moon and Mars.


He has several major inventions which have been either commercialized or are in the commercialization process. His educational activities at USC include the teaching of a graduate course on Invention and Technology Development. He routinely conducts lectures and seminars on the subject of invention. He is a NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Fellow, a Fellow member of the Society for Computer Simulation, and a Fellow member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. His inventions have received extensive worldwide publicity in acclaimed media such as New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Business Week, Der Spiegel, New Scientist, and national and international television and radio networks. Contour Crafting was selected as one of the top 25 out of more than 4000 candidate inventions by the History Channel Modern Marvels program and the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame; and has been identified as one of the major disruptive technologies of our time.




Iranian actress Merila Zarei wins award at the 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Australia

Merila Zarei has won the Best Actress Award at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her role in the Iranian war drama ‘Track 143’ directed by female filmmaker Narges Abyar.

Iranian actress Merila Zarei has been honored at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) festival held in Australia. She won the APSA for Best Actress for her role in the acclaimed Iranian war drama ‘Track 143’ directed by female filmmaker Narges Abyar.

The movie premiered at Iran’s 2014 Fajr International Film Festival and garnered rave reviews from critics and audiences. Track 143 is a screen adaptation of Abyar’s novel, The Third Eye, which tells the story of a woman during Iran’s sacred defense. The film has been presented at a number of international festivals and has won several awards.

Iranian film ‘I’m Not Angry’ directed by Reza Dormishian was also awarded the APSA Academy NETPAC Development Prize.

Iranian cinematic productions were nominated for awards in five categories at this year’s APSA. ‘Melbourne’, directed by Nima Javidi, was nominated for the best screenplay award. Rakhshan Bani-Etemad was also one of the nominees for the best director at this year’s festival for her celebrated drama ‘The Tales’.

Award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi presided over the six-member jury panel of this year’s APSA. He is a three-time APSA winner including Best Screenplay and the Jury Grand Prize for ‘About Elly’ in 2009, as well as Best Film for ‘A Separation’ in 2011.

Some 36 screen productions from 21 regional countries competed in this year’s festival. The 2014 APSA was held in Brisbane’s historic City Hall on December 11.

Sources: Iran Front Page, Bing Image Search

Farzan Ashourzadeh Fallah aka “Tsunami”: the Iranian highscholer who won the World Taekwondo Grandprix 2014 in Mexico

In the final bout of the men’s -58kg category on Dec. 3, 2014 in an event that is considered the pinnacle of elite taekwondo, the gold medal was won by an Iranian who can boast skill and talent in spades – but is a mere lad who is not only still at high school, but as a 4th poom, does not even hold a black belt.

[…] Despite his soaring ambition and remarkable talent, off the mats “The Tsunami” is menacing neither to look at nor to listen to: The laid-back teenager is tall and gangly, softly spoken and polite.

[…] With regards to his personal training, he takes two rest days a week. His conditioning focuses on bodybuilding for strength (his tall, thin frame looks deceptively fragile); plyometrics for explosiveness; and of course running: long distance for overall endurance and sprint work in the run-up to competitions.

He started with Taekwondo at the age of six and made it onto the junior national team at the age of 12. The year 2014 – Ashour Zadeh Fallah’s 18th year – has seen him reach maturity as both a man and an athlete. In addition to his Queretaro first- place finish, he struck gold at both the Manchester Grand Prix and the Incheon Asian Games.

[…] After graduating from high school, the 18-year old plans to study physical education at university. In his down time, Ashour Zadeh Fallah likes to hang out with friends and travel with his family.

Source: World Taekwondo Federation


Iran’s Vice-President has been awarded Italy’s Minerva Award in the section “Women in the World”

Anna Maria Mammoliti Minerva PrizeMasoumeh Ebtekar has been awarded Italy’s Anna Maria Mammoliti Minerva Prize on its XXV Edition

Iranian Vice President and Head of the Environmental Protection Organization Masoumeh Ebtekar’s endeavors on political and environmental fronts have been recognized in Italy.

The Minerva Prize, renamed in 2009 after its founder Anna Maria Mammoliti, an Italian journalist and social activist, is the first Italian award dedicated predominantly to women who operate in “knowledge” fields, which they represent symbolically, and who because of their professional capability and the positive values which they uphold are female role models. Each year a man also receives this recognition for his professional and human contribution given to society.

The award is divided into different categories such as art, information, innovation or political management and consists of a precious brooch depicting the goddess Minerva designed by Maestro Renato Guttuso in 1983 on its first edition.

On its XXV Edition eight women and one man have been awarded in Rome at the Sala della Protomoteca in Campidoglio – under the patronage of the President of the Republic and with the support of the Senate, the House and the Presidency of the Council.

Masoumeh Ebtekar Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and Khadija Cherif, vice secretary for women in the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), were awarded in the section “Women in the World”.

Following categories have been recognized in 2014:
Political Commitment and Reformer Award: Masoumeh Ebtekar (Iran)
Human Rights Award: Khadija Cherif (Tunisia)
Management Award: Laura Donnini
Entrepreneurship Award: Daniela Ducato
Economics Award: Donatella Ceccarelli
Leadership Award: Emanuela Ortolani
Information Award: Barbara Parodi Delfino
Arts Award: Loretta Goggi
Franco Vaccari, founder and President of the Associaton “Rondine Cittadella della Pace”.

Related article about Masoumeh Ebtekar in this blog:

IRNA through Iran Front Page
Minerva Online (English and Italian)

Bahram Beyzaie: Iranian film director, playwright and researcher

Bahram BeyzaieBahram Beyzaie was born in Tehran, Iran on Dec 26 1938. He is an Iranian film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film editor, producer, and researcher.

Beyzaie is part of a generation of filmmakers in the Iranian New Wave, a Persian cinema movement that started in the late 1960s and includes other pioneering directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Forough Farrokhzad, Sohrab Shahid Sales, and Parviz Kimiavi. The filmmakers share many common techniques including the use of poetic dialog, references to traditional Persian art and culture and allegorical story-telling often dealing with political and philosophical issues.

After beginning Persian literature at Tehran University, Bahram Beyzaie turned to Visual Arts. Here he studied the Book of Kings (Shahname), the Shiite passion plays (Ta’zieh) , the traditional Persian Theatre including the puppet theatre, the pre-Islamic culture and Persian miniature painting. All of this combined with his interest in the far Eastern theatre helped him to develop of a new direction for the Iranian theatre.

Beyzaie’s “Drama in Iran” (Namayesh dar Iran), published in late 1960s is still considered the most important text on the history of Iranian theater. Beyzaie is also the first scholar in Iran to publish books on theater in China and Japan. Some of his plays such as his masterpiece “Marg-e Yazdgerd” (“Death of Yazdgerd”) have been made into films.

In 1964 he published the first of three pieces “Seh Namāyesch-e Arusak” (Three Puppet Plays), where the influence of Pirandello and the Theatre of the Absurd is reflected.

In 1969 he began his film career by directing the short film Amu Sibilou (Uncle Moustache) followed by Safar (The Journey) in 1970. Immediately after, in 1971, he made his first feature film “Ragbar” (“Downpour”) which is regarded by critics to this day as one of the most successful Iranian films ever made. The successful film addresses the late Parviz Fannizadeh as its central character and protagonist. Since then he produced and directed a number of films, including “Bashu, the little Stranger”.

He is known as the most intellectual and conspicuous “author” in Iranian cinema. The main theme of his works is the history and “crisis of identity” which is related to Iranian cultural and mythical symbols and paradigms.

Beyzaie lives and works in Iran, but is spending an academic year at Stanford University as the Bita Daryabari Visiting Professor of Persian Studies.

Selection of works and publications:
– numerous articles on literary and art magazines,
– Theatre in Japan
– Gorob dar Diari Garib (Sunset in a strange Land)
– Chahar Sandoogh (Four Chests)
– Hashtomin Safar-e Sandbad (Sinbad’s Eighth Voyage)
– Ziafat va Miras (1967 – aka Heritage and The Feast)
– Soltan-Mar (1969 – aka The King Snake)
– Dolls
– Story of the hidden Moon
– Seh Namayesh-e Arusak (Three Puppet Plays)
– Marg-e Yazdgerd (1979 – aka Death of Yazdgerd)
– Karname-ye Bandar Bidakhsh (1997 and 1998)
– Banu Aoi (1997 and 1998) (based on The Lady Aoi by Yukio Mishima)
– Shab-e Hezar-o-yekom (2003)
– Afra ya Rooz migozarad (2007 – aka Afra, or the day passes)

Filmography (as a director):
– 1969: Amu Sibilu (short – aka Uncle Moustache)
– 1970: Safar (short – aka The Journey)
– 1971: Ragbār (aka Downpour)
– 1974: Qaribé va Meh (aka The Stranger and the Fog)
– 1976: Kalāq (aka The Crow or The Raven )
– 1979: Charike-ye Tārā (aka Ballad of Tara)
– 1982: Marg-e Yazdgerd (aka Death of Yazdgerd)
– 1986: Bashu, Gharibe-ye Koochak (aka Bashu, the Little Stranger – released 1989)
– 1988: Shayad Vaghti digar (aka Maybe Some Other Time)
– 1992: Mosaferan (aka Travellers)
– 1998: Goft-o-gu ba Bad (short – aka Talking with the Wind)
– 2001: Sagkoshi (aka Killing Mad Dogs)
– 2006: Qāli-ye Sokhangū (The narrative rug)
– 2009: Vaqti hame khābim (When we are all sleeping)

– 1973: Chicago International Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival: “The Journey”: Silver Hugo, Silver Award
– 1990: Aubervilliers Film Festival: “Bashu, the little stranger” – Best film
– 2001: 19th International Fajr Film Festival: “Killing Mad Dogs” – Screenplay
– 2004: International Istanbul Film Festival: Award for lifetime achievement

Wikipedia (English and German)
Stanford University – Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages

Iranian Director Amin Rahbar receives the “Climate Clips Award” at the 2014 International Film School Fest Munich

Rahbar, Amin - Iranian Film Director, Azad University of Central Tehran - Scale (Tarazoo)Amin Rahbar’s animation Scale scooped the prestigious Climate Clips Award at the 2014 International Festival of Munich Film Schools, running from November 16-22 in Germany. […]

“Some 42 films from 22 countries took part in this festival, and my production with an environmental theme was selected among the top three and ultimately managed to win the best film award” said Amin Rahbar to Mehr News.

“Scale is 2-minute long and produced with cutout animation technique. In this technique, flat characters and backgrounds are cut from materials such as paper, or if on a computer, with scanned images” explained Rahbar.

Climate-Clips-Jury (Brigitte Bruns, Veronika Nagelschneider and Beatrice Scola): Amin Rahbar’s enchanting animated film SCALE (in Farsi TARAZOO), shows us the dramatic changes industrialization has wrought upon our planet. Our transformation from an agricultural society to today’s skyscraper-studded megacities is brought to life by the sophisticated and original use of an old and relatively simple technique: paper cutouts. In just one and a half minutes, the clip illustrates how drastically our environment has changed, the severe damage that has been done to it and the current consequences such as climate change. The jury congratulates Amin Rahbar on the successful artistic and technical realization of his film.

Winner: Scale | Tarazoo
The story of human life from the beginning to the beginning…
by Amin Rahbar from Azad University of Central Tehran, Iran

Scale has been previously featured and awarded in other international festivals including Hamburg Festival in Germany, con i minuti contati Festival in Italy, and SHNIT Festival in Switzerland. It has also won the Best Film Award at Iran’s Short Film Festival for Children.

The International Festival of Film Schools established in 1981 is now one of the most important festivals for young filmmakers in the world. About 60 films are presented at the festival annually, and each year approximately 100 foreign students and professors have the opportunity to meet, enter into discussions and share their experiences with each other.

Sources: Film School Fest Munich, Mehr News Agency

Iran’s Sareh Javanmardi named Asia’s top female athlete of 2014

Sareh Javanmardi

Iran’s Paralympic shooter, Sareh Javanmardi, has been named Asia’s best female athlete of the year thanks to two gold medals she won at the 2014 Asian Para Games which were held in Incheon, South Korea in October.

The Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on November 22 that Sareh’s brilliant performance in the Asian Games earned her the much-coveted title.

She claimed a gold medal in the Mixed 50 meter pistol SH1 and finished first in the Women’s P2-10m Air Pistol-SH1.

Also, Iran’s Paralympic Committee won the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) award in 2014. It was credited for the remarkable showing of the Iranian Men’s Team in Incheon Asian Para Games.

The awarding ceremony will take place in Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) on December 2 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Source: Iran Front Page

Iran beach soccer team claims gold in Asian Beach Games in Thailand

Iran’s beach soccer team defeated Japan 4-3 and won the gold medal in the 4th edition of the Asian Beach Games on Friday.

Shahriar Mozhdeh Roudsari, Ali Naderi, Amir Hossein Akbari and Hassan Abdollahi scored for the Iranian outfit at the Saphan Hin. Moreira Ozu (twice) and Takasuke Goto scored for the Japanese team. […]

Iran has already won five gold medals in the games which is underway in Phuket, Thailand. The Iranian athletes are competing in 17 out of 26 sports in the event.

Kamran Hosseini Jam at the Men’s Freestyle -80kg, Mohammad Naderi at the Men’s Freestyle -70kg, Jaber Sadeghzadeh at the Men’s Freestyle +80kg, Ghanbar Ali Ghanbari at the Men’s -66kg and Sobhan Taherkhani at the Men’s Long Jump Final have previously won a gold medal in the games.

The 4th Asian Beach Games opened in Thailand on November 14, attracting 3,272 athletes from 43 Asian countries and territories. There are a total of 196 categories in 26 sports. The first Asian Beach Games was held in Indonesia in 2008. Vietnam will host the fifth edition in Khanh Hoa Province and Da Nang City in 2016.

Source: Payvand News

Iranian Lili Golestan received France’s Order of Academic Palms

French Order of Academic Palms awarded to Lili Golestan
Source: Tehran Times

Iranian translator Lili Golestan, who is also the curator of Tehran’s Golestan Gallery, received France’s Order of Academic Palms during a ceremony at the Embassy of France in the Iranian capital on Monday November 17, 2014.

French Ambassador Bruno Foucher delivered a short speech before honoring Golestan with the order, which is awarded by the French Minister of Education to those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture, Honaronline reported on Tuesday.

Iranian translator and artist Lili Golestan (R) with the French Ambassador Bruno Foucher (photo by Shargh daily)

“In the animated and rich cultural atmosphere of Tehran, in which you can find no day without an event, Golestan Gallery has a special place,” Foucher stated.

He also praised Golestan for the efforts she made to introduce French writers, including Albert Camus, Jean Giraud and Romain Gary, to Persian readers.

“Your achievements show that you are among the very eminent women and France praises such persons. Indeed, such brilliant activities in the promotion of Iranian art and such a will for the introduction of French literature luminaries deserve appreciation,” he added.

Foucher then presented the order to Golestan and she also made a short speech.

“French literature is part of my soul,” she said and added that she has tried to introduce it to Persian readers.

“I have had a small gallery in this mega city for over a quarter of a century. This night’s meeting caused me to take a glance at the past and for the first time to ask myself exactly how many times I have organized exhibitions at this gallery. The result surprised me and I also felt more exhausted: 1040 exhibits. But, due the decoration I received tonight, I feel that it’s time to forget the 1040 exhibitions and also to shelve the forty books that I translated and the 340 articles that I wrote for newspapers and magazines, in order to ease my exhaustion for a while, only for a short while,” she stated.

She translated many books from world literature into Persian. Among the works are Eugene Ionesco’s “Story Number 3″, Maurice Druon’s “Tistou of the Green Thumbs”, Miguel Angel Asturias’ “The Man that Had it All, All, All”, Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ “The Smell of the Guava Tree” and “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”.

Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi was also awarded the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in Tehran on Sunday evening.

France has decorated three Iranian personalities with the Chevalier of the Legion of Honors over the past six months: Vocalist Mohammadreza Shajarian received the order in June, cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh and filmmaker Dariush Mehrjuii are the other honorees.


Awarded Iranian movie Melbourne by Nima Javidi, is to be screened at Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina


Melbourne chronicles the story of a young couple on their way to the eponymous Australian city to continue their education, but just a few hours before their departure, they become involved in a tragic event.

The movie recently garnered two awards at the 2014 Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden.

Melbourne also received critical acclaim at the 71st Venice International Film Festival in Italy. The film had its international premiere at the festival.

“Some international critics participated in the festival believe that Melbourne conjures up the mood and tone of the British film director Alfred Hitchcock’s works,” said Javidi.

Mar del Plata International Film Festival is scheduled to take place from Nov 22 to 30, in various categories including documentary, experimental and narrative fiction.

Source: Iran Front Page

Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi receives France’s Chevalier of Legion of Honor

Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi, mostly famous for his novel “Kalidar”, received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor during a ceremony held in Tehran on Sunday evening. The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to the author by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran.

The ambassador gave a brief speech about the life and works of Dowlatabadi. He also praised his artistic career in theater and storytelling.

Wearing the medal, Dowlatabadi talked about French literature and civilization in his short speech, and pointed to the issues of writing and the pains of writing.

Iranian author Mahmud Dowlatabadi (R) stands beside French Ambassador Bruno Foucher before receiving the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor at the ambassador’s residence in Tehran on November 16, 2014.

A number of scholars and literati including Dariush Shayegan, Kambiz Dermabakhsh, Omid Rohani, Lili Golestan, Javad Mojabi and Hassan Kianian attended the ceremony.

Born in 1940, short-story writer and novelist Dowlatabadi was the most prominent Iranian novelist of the 1980s. Self-educated and forced to work from childhood, he spent part of his younger adult years as a stage actor in Tehran.

“The Colonel”, “Kalidar”, “Desert Strata”, “The Trip”, “The Legend of Baba Sobhan”, “The Cowherd”, “Aqil”, “Man” and “Missing Soluch” are among Dowlatabadi’s credits.


Iranians Rahman and Javanmardi top IPC’s “Athlete of the Month” vote

2014 IPC Athlete of the Month (October 2014) - Javanmardi-Rahman

October 2014 IPC Athlete of the Month (from right to left): Siamand Rahman (1st place) and Sareh Javanmardi (2nd place)

Iranian powerlifter Siamand Rahman has been named the Athlete of the Month for October 2014 after his incredible performance at the Incheon 2014 Asian Para Games in South Korea.

The world’s strongest Paralympian made history at the competition, breaking his own world record three times on his way to gold in the men’s over 107kg category.

Rahman received 63.9 per cent of the public vote to finish ahead of his compatriot, shooter Sareh Javanmardidodmani, who received 34.3 per cent of the vote after breaking two world records on her way to double gold in the P2 (women’s 10m pistol SH1) and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) in Incheon.

Gambian athletics star Demba Jarju came third, after he became the first wheelchair racer to win the Gambian Marathon.



Austria honored Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami with Decoration for Science and Art

Austria awarded Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami the Austrian Decoration for Science and Art. The medal was established in 1960 to honor international figures for their outstanding achievements in the fields of science and arts.

During a ceremony held in Vienna Iranian director Kiarostami, molecular biologist Barbara Hohn and mathematician Bruno Buchberger received the Cross of Honor for Science and Art from Austria’s President, Heinz Fischer. Austrian poet Friederike Mayröcker received a Decoration of Honor for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Abbas Kiarostami was born in 1940 in Tehran and is one of the most important and famous Iranian film directors. The filmmaker was awarded in 1984 with the Golden Leopard in Locarno for “Where is the house of my friend?”. In 1997 he received the Palme d’Or in Cannes for “Taste of Cherry”, and the 1999 Grand Jury Prize in Venice for “The Wind Will Carry Us”. He is also a photographer, poet, painter and has staged operas. He has been decorated with several state medals, including France’s Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Sources: Tehran Times, bundespraesident.at (in German)

Kambiz Derambakhsh is Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

Kambiz Derambakhsh at the French Embassy in Tehran on Sunday, 26th of October 2014

Kambiz Derambakhsh at the French Embassy in Tehran on Sunday, 26th of October 2014

Iranian cartoonist Kambiz Derambakhsh received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor Medal during a ceremony held at the Embassy of France in Tehran on Sunday evening.

The medal, which is the highest decoration awarded by the French government, was presented to Derambakhsh by French Ambassador Bruno Foucher during a ceremony at his residence in Tehran.

Derambakhsh is the first Iranian visual artist to have received the award, the Persian service of Honaronline, a Persian news website, announced on Monday.

Iranian scientist Mahmoud Hessaby, filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, stage director Pari Saberi, mythologist Jalal Sattari, poet Mohammad Sepanlu, vocalists Shahram Nazeri and Mohammareza Shajarian, and actress Leila Hatami previously received the honor.

Derambakhsh, 72, has previously held many exhibits across the world and his works are on display in many museums, including the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul’s Museum of Cartoon and Comic, and the Cartoonmuseum Basel in Switzerland.

More about Kambiz Derambakhsh: Iranian Roots | Kambiz Derambakhsh

Kambiz Derambakhsh - Cartoonist 03

Sources: Tehran Times, twitter.com | @FranceenIran, Facebook | Kambiz Derambakhsh

Iran beat China to lift U-20 Asian volleyball crown

2014 Asian U20 Men Volleyball Championship in Bahrain - Gold Medal Match - Iran 3 - China 0_01

The Iranian team wearing their gold medals

Iran has pulled off a stunning straight-sets victory over China to take gold at the 17th Asian U20 Men’s Volleyball Championships in Bahrain. A match billed as a clash of the Asian junior titans became a volleyball clinic, with Iran strolling to its fifth Asian U20 title, all achieved in the past nine championships.

With the exception of the first five points of the match, which China won, Iran was in total control. The seeds were sown in the sixth point of the opening set, when Rahman Taghizadeh rose to block a Runtao Xia spike. That block not only stopped the Chinese momentum, it also signaled a change in direction for his teammates. […]

Zhejia Zhang, the Chinese blocking machine later named the tournament’s best middle blocker, managed just one for the night. Runtao Xia, later to be named best outside spiker, was restricted to just seven points.

Iran played almost all its pool matches with just ten players, after visa problems left two of its players cooling their heels in Tehran. […]

“They worked very hard for this, working, working, working, step-by-step. Today the players showed they were one team and they were the best in the competition.”

It was a powerful display by Iran, and guarantees Asia will be well served at next year’s U23 World Championships in Mexico. “In 2007 I was with the Iran youth team when we won the gold medal, and I hope next year we can repeat history and win another gold medal,” coach Farhad said.

Final result: Iran vs. China 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19)

Final standings – TOP 5

Individual awards
Best setter: Yu Yaochen (China)
Best outside spiker: Valaei Akbar (Iran)
Best outside spiker: Xia Runtao (China)
Best middle blocker: Alla Verdian Sahand (Iran)
Best middle blocker: Zhang Zhejia (China)
Best libero: Lee Sanguk (Korea)
Best opposite spiker: Mohamed Anan (Bahrain)
Most valuable player: Mohammadjavad Manavinezhad (Iran)

Source: asianvolleyball.org

Iran finishes 4th in 2014 Asian Para Games

2014 Asian Para Games - Athletes
2014 Asian Para Games - Final Medal Count

2014 Asian Para Games – Final Medal Count

INCHEON, South Korea
(by Masoud Hossein for TehranTimes)

Iran came fourth in the 2nd edition of the Asian Para Games held in Incheon, South Korea.

A total of 4,500 athletes competed in 23 sports. The 2nd Asian Para Games opened on October 18 and closed on October 24 following 6 days of competition.

Iran finished in fourth place winning 120 medals, including 37 gold, 52 silver and 31 bronze medals. Iran was just one gold medal short of third place Japan whose silver and bronze medals were less than Persians. […]

Source: Tehran Times

Mozart Medal holder Shajarian and Shahnaz ensemble to perform in London’s Appolo Hammersmith on October 26.

Mohammad Reza Shajarian

The world-renowned musician ensemble, Shahnaz, started its music tour at the Malmo Arena in Sweden on September 27.

Composer and tar virtuoso Majid Derakhshani, kamancheh virtuoso Saeed Farajpouri and several other musicians are accompanying Shajarian on this tour.

Shajarian is known as Iran’s contemporary traditional music legendary who has invented new string instruments dubbed Bam Sorahi, Saghar and Kereshmeh, designed for traditional Persian music.

The maestro, Shajarian, was honored with UNESCO’s Mozart Medal in 2006 and the 1999 prestigious Golden Picasso Medal.


Iran hosts retrospective on Christian Iranian composer Loris Tjeknavorian’s music arts

A number of Iran’s leading music artists and cineastes attended the opening gala held on Oct. 9. […] Tjeknavorian was also honored with the lifetime achievement award during the gala.

Tjeknavorian has made nearly 100 recordings and written more than 75 compositions, including symphonies, operas, requiems, chamber music, ballet music, concertos, choral works and an oratorio.

He has conducted international orchestras throughout the world in numerous countries including Austria, the UK, the US, Canada, Hungary, Finland, the former USSR, Armenia, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Denmark. […] The literary opera, Rostam and Sohrab and the requiem Departed and the Survived are among his best-known works.

Tjeknavorian has received numerous international awards such as Austria’s Cross of Honor for Science and Art First Class.

More info: http://iranianroots.com/2014/06/07/christian-composer-and-coductor-loris-tjeknavorian-one-of-the-most-celebrated-cultural-figures-in-iran/

Video: Face to Face – Iran music maestro Loris Tjeknavorian talks to PressTV (1 and 2)

Source: http://www.payvand.com/news/14/oct/1069.html

Majid Samii, the world-famous Iranian medical scientist, has been named by World Academy of Neurological Surgery as the world’s top neurosurgeon.

Iranian Professor Majid Samii Golden Neuron Award World's top neurosurgeon

Iranian Professor Majid Samii – Golden Neuron Award World’s top neurosurgeon

The world-renowned Iranian scientist in neurological surgery Professor Majid Samii has garnered the 2014 Golden Neuron Award.

The award was announced during a ceremony held at the biannual meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery in Vienna on October 11.

Many leading scientists and neurological surgery scholars have flocked to the biannual meeting that kicked off on October 9 and will run until October 12.

Iranian neurosurgeon and medical scientist, Professor Samii, had earlier received the 2014 Leibniz Ring Prize in Berlin.

Prof. Samii is renowned worldwide for his life trajectory and especially for his work in the Project Africa 100.


Iranian women shine in Asian Games 2014 (Asiad) in Incheon Korea

Iranian women were by far the most successful women from the middle east in the Asian Games 2014, like in previous edition of the games too.

They were awarded medals in Athletics, Kabaddi, Martial Arts, Shooting and Canoeing.

 Gold Hamideh Abbasali Karate Women’s +68 kg
 Gold Najmeh Khedmati Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle
 Silver Leyla Rajabi Athletics Women’s Shot put
 Silver Salime Abdollahbakhsh
Hengameh Bourghani Farahani
Marzieh Eshghi
Sahar Ilat
Sadighe Jafari Kalokan
Saeideh Jafarkoochi
Ghazal Khalaj
Zahra Masoumabadi
Malihe Miri
Tahereh Tirgar
Mozhgan Zare
Farideh Zarif Doost
Kabaddi Women’s Team
 Silver Narjes Emamgholinejad Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle
 Silver Najmeh Khedmati
Narjes Emamgholinejad
Elaheh Ahmadi
Shooting Women’s 10 m air rifle team
 Silver Fatehem Rouhani Taekwondo Women’s 73 kg
 Silver Akram Khodabandeh Taekwondo Women’s +73 kg
 Silver Elaheh Mansourian Wushu Women’s sanda 52 kg
 Bronze Arezou Hakimi Canoeing Women’s K-1 200 m
 Bronze Sonia Gomari Canoeing Women’s slalom C-1
 Bronze Fatemeh Chalaki Karate Women’s 61 kg
 Bronze Nasrin Doosti Karate Women’s 50 kg
 Bronze Soulmaz Abbasi Rowing Women’s Lightweight single sculls
 Bronze Nazanin Malae
Soulmaz Abbasi
Homeira Barzegar
Mahsa Javar
Rowing Women’s lightweight quadruple sculls
 Bronze Sousan Hajipour Taekwondo Women’s 53 kg

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_at_the_2014_Asian_Games

Must reads on Iranian women: https://theotheriran.com/tag/women/

Iranian documentary ‘Banooye Urmia’ awarded in Finland fest

An Iranian documentary, Banooye Urmia, (Lady Urmia) won jury award of Finland Environmental Film Festival held in Vaasa City. The event is held every two years.

Lady Urmia Awarded in Finland and US Rhode Island Film Festival

Lady Urmia Awarded in Finland and US Rhode Island Film Festival

The film directed by Mohammad Ehsani was shown in the 7th edition of the event on October 1-5 in Vaasa. It is a poetic documentary about Lake Urmia, in the Iranian Azerbaijan, which is drying up completely.

Released in 2012 in Iran and distributed by EhsaniPictures, it has also been awarded in the US Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) and Croatian Environment Film Festival.

Lake Urmia (Orumieh) is a salt lake in northwestern Iran near Turkey. The lake is between the provinces of East Azarbaijan and West Azarbaijan, west of the southern portion of the similarly shaped Caspian Sea. It is the largest lake inside Iran, and the third salt water lake on earth, with a surface area of approximately 5,200 km square (2,000 mile square).

The environmental catastrophe will not only affect Iran, but also Iranian neighbors such as Iraq and Turkey. The film is narrated in the voice of the Lake itself, asking for help and trying to gain international reaction.

Source: http://www.payvand.com/news/14/oct/1041.html

Iran most successful middle eastern nation in Asian Games 2014 (Asiad) in Incheon Korea

The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014.

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries competed at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.

Source: http://iranfrontpage.com/news/society/sports/2014/09/irans-shot-putter-rajabi-wins-silver-asiad/

Medal table (top 5 of 45 countries)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 151 108 83 342
2  South Korea (KOR) 79 71 84 234
3  Japan (JPN) 47 76 77 200
4  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 28 23 33 84
5  Iran (IRI) 21 18 18 57

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Asian_Games_medal_table

Iran won medals in a variety of sports:

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total
Archery 1 0 1 2
Basketball 0 1 0 1
Boxing 0 2 1 3
Athletics 1 1 0 2
Canoeing 0 2 3 5
Cycling 1 1 1 3
Fencing 0 1 0 1
Kabaddi 0 2 0 2
Karate 3 0 2 5
Rowing 1 0 3 4
Shooting 1 2 0 3
Taekwondo 4 2 1 7
Volleyball 1 0 0 1
Weightlifting 1 1 0 2
Wrestling 6 1 5 12
Wushu 1 2 1 4
Total 21 18 18 57

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_at_the_2014_Asian_Games

Iran’s Mahak won an international Achievement Award for its exceptional support of children suffering from cancer


Iran’s Mahak secured an Achievement Award from the International Project Management Association.

MahakThe IPMA, a non-governmental organization headquartered in Amsterdam, handed out its 2014 Achievement Award to Iran’s Mahak, the Society to Support Children Suffering from Cancer, Khabaronline news website reported.

Mahak was the only finalist in the category of internationally funded humanitarian aid project for its two-year operational and developmental project between March 21, 2012 and March 21, 2014.

At the Award Gala, on September 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the Iranian charity, which has been active for 23 years and says to have provided care for over 21,000 children suffering from cancer so far, walked away with the award.

Source Iran Front Page: http://iranfrontpage.com/news/society/healthcare/2014/10/mahak-iranian-charity-received-achievement-award-ipma/

Another article about Mahak:

‘Hush’ scoops main awards at San Francisco Iranian Film Festival

Hush-Girls-don't-scream - Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco.Iran’s social drama Hush! “Girls Don’t Scream” by Pouran Derakhshandeh has swept several main awards at the 7th Annual Iranian Film Festival in San Francisco.

The film took Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards of the year’s event.

Leading Iranian director Derakhshandeh was also paid tribute during a ceremony held at the event.

The film tells the story of abused children and ignorant families who do not make enough time in their day to listen and solve their children’s issue.

Sponsored by Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation, the film won Best Film Award at the 2012 Fajr International Film Festival.

The movie competed at the 2014 edition of Irvine International Film Festival (IIFF) in the United States.

Derakhshandeh’s drama received a great attention from the movie goers in Canada and the United States. The film also garnered the Best Feature length Award of the fourth edition of London Iranian film festival.

Oscar Academy had earlier requested a copy of screen script of the movie during a letter signed by the center’s Script Librarian Gregory Walsh.

The 2014 San Francisco Iranian Film Festival also honored the Iranian actor Faramarz Qaribian with the Best Actor award for his role in Sinners.

Iran national volleyball team wins gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea


Iran men’s national volleyball team has finished in the first place at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, after it achieved a convincing victory over the Japanese squad.

On Friday, Iranians ended their campaign with a well-earned win over the Japanese outfit and overpowered their opponents 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-19 and 25-19) at the Songnim Gymnasium.

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal

Iran-Japan-Volleyball_AsiaGames-2014-12 Iran wins gold medal


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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Iran’s cyclist Mohammad Daneshvar clinches gold

Iran’s Mohammad Daneshvar claimed a gold medal in the men’s keirin final in the 2014 Asian Games.

Kazunari Watanabe of Japan claimed a silver medal and Malaysian Josiah Ng finished in third place.


Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Iranian Woman Kayaker Arezo Hakimi Shines At Asian Games 2014

An Iranian female athlete bagged silver medal of women’s kayak single 200m on Monday at the Asian Games 2014 in Incheon, South Korea.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


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Series: Iran in Asia Games (Asiad) 2014 – Female Shot-Putter Leila Rajabi wins Silver Medal

The Iranian athlete won the silver medal with a throw of 17.80 meters at the Incheon Asiad Main Stadium.

“I am so happy because of winning the silver medal. My rival (Gong Lijiao) who won the gold medal is a world champion,” Rajabi said.

Intro Asia Games (Asiad):

Some 9,500 athletes from 45 countries are competing at the Games, the world’s second-biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, with 439 gold medals in 36 sports up for grabs.

Iran has participated in the games with 276 athletes in 22 sports.


Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi named Busan Film Festival jury president

Asghar Farhadi named Busan Film Festival jury president

Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker has been selected to preside over the jury for the New Currents section at the 19th Busan International Film Festival in South Korea.

Farhadi will head the festival’s jury panel that is comprised of French philosopher Jacques Ranciere, Professor of film studies at the Scotland’s University of St. Andrews Dina Iordanova, Indian actress Suhasini Maniratnam, and Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho.

The Iranian director Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour’s drama We Have a Guest is also scheduled to compete at the festival which will take place from October 2 to 11.


Academy Award winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi

Born in 1972, Farhadi received his Bachelors in Theater from University of Tehran’s School of Dramatic Arts in 1998 and his Masters in Stage Direction from Tarbiat Modarres University a few years later.

His 2011 family drama A Separation became a sensation and received rave reviews from numerous international film events and festivals.

The film won the award for the Best Foreign Language film at the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award in 2012.

“Farhadi is a filmmaker who makes one becomes familiar with the rich culture of Iran. His works remind us of Victor Hugo,” The mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoe had earlier said during an award ceremony during which the Grand Medal of Vermeil from the City went to Farhadi for his latest drama The Past (Le Passé).

The Past has scooped numerous awards so far such as two prizes at the 66th Cannes film festival including the Best Actress award and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (prix du Jury œcuménique).

Dancing in the Dust (2003), The Beautiful 2004), Fireworks Wednesday (2006) and About Elly (2009) are his other directorial works.

Sar Yazd Castle in Yazd, Iran wins the grand prize for the 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage

The grand prize for the 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Cultural Heritage went to Sar Yazd Castle in Yazd, Iran.

In June 2014, a panel of judges composed of international experts in conservation and restoration evaluated 46 projects from countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Among the projects, Sar Yazd Citadel restoration project from Iran managed to receive the grand prize. The grand prize was awarded to Iran due to the role of private institutions in preserving this historical location which has consequently influenced the socio-economic status of the locals in regard to creating job opportunities.

Sar Yazd is situated 30km south of Yazd province. Some speculate that the castle belongs to the Sassanid era.

Conserved and restored sites with more than 50 years of age which have been finished within last 10 years and have been open to visitors for at least a year have been considered eligible for this contest.

Yazd, Iran - Saryazd citadel - inside

Yazd, Iran – Saryazd citadel – inside

The 2014 and 2015 contests are held with the financial support from Beijing Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation.

Call for participation in the 2015 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation contest will be announced in October 2014 via the contest’s website.

Source: Iran Review | Iranians’ Achievements (scroll down)

Iranian actor Peyman Moaadi – lead male role in Oscar-winning “A Separation” now male lead in US production Camp X-Ray

The lead male role in Oscar-winning A Separation, Peyman Moaadi, has made male lead again, this time in a US-produced movie, titled Camp X-Ray.

The movie has been credited for moving performances by both of the stars.

Peter Sattler’s directorial debut, Camp X-Ray premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is due for US screening on October 17.

Moaadi started his acting career in director Asghar Farhadi’s About Elly (2009). Two years later, he received the Silver Bear award for Best Actor from the Berlin International Film Festival for his leading role in Farhadi’s A Separation. The latter flick saw him doing justice to the character of a father in a family faced with a difficult decision – to move to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent.

Source: Iran Review

Iranian movie ‘The Pearl’ wins at Bucharest film festival after also winning the UNICEF award at the 2012 International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults

Iranian screen production The Pearl directed by Sirous Hassanpour has garnered award at the 2014 edition of Bucharest International Film Festival, Romania.

The award went to the film’s cinematography director Saed Nikzat for his particular way and gorgeous imagery used in the film.

Nikzat as a director of photography contributed to more than 20 short and feature films.

Produced by Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation, The Pearl also competed in Damah Film Festival that took place in the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 2 and 3, 2013.

The film chronicles the life of a pearl hunter, Karim, who is living in a little town of southern Iran. Karim who suffers from heart trouble, finds out that he needs an urgent surgery for the disease but he cannot afford it. His two children think that they have to grow up sooner than expected time to help their dad.

The movie won the UNICEF award at the 2012 International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults in Isfahan.

The report also says that the film portrays the finer aspects of human relationships and moral values with beautiful cinematic skills.


Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad wins Best Screenplay Award at Venice Film Festival

Bani-Etemad received the Best Screenplay award for her film Tales during the awards ceremony on the closing day of the festival on September 6, 2014 at Venice Lido.

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad receiving her award at the Venice Film Festival

Tales is composed of seven short episodes, in which Bani-Etemad reveals the fate of some of the main characters in her previous films like The Blue-Veiled, Under the Skin of the City and Mainline. […]

Best-known for addressing social problems in her films, Bani-Etemad has directed numerous feature-length and short films as well as documentaries, which have garnered many international and national awards.

“The characters in my films are real, [from among] the people whom I might meet every day,” she had earlier stated. […]

Another Iranian film maker Nima Javidi’s debut feature-length film Melbourne received critical acclaim at the festival. The film opened Critics’ Week section of the event.

French film composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the international jury at this year’s Venice Film Festival. The 71st annual Venice Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy from August 27 to September 6, 2014.

Source: Payvand News of Iran

Roya Beheshti Zavareh – Associate Professor of Mathematics, winner of multiple important grants and honors

Roya Beheshti Zavareh

Roya Beheshti Zavareh

General Information
Born: 1977, Esfahan, Iran
Citizenship: Iranian

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ph.D. in Mathematics, 1999-2003
Thesis Advisor: Prof. Johan de Jong

Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.S. in Mathematics, 1995-1999

Research Interests
Algebraic geometry

Associate Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013 – present.
Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, 2007 – 2013.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Complementary Program), MSRI, Berkeley, 2006 – 2007
Postdoctoral Fellow, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada, 2004 – 2006
Postdoctoral Fellow, Max-Planck-Institut fur Mathematik, Bonn, Germany, 2003 – 2004

National Science Foundation, DMS1204567, 07/2012-06/2015
Simons Collaboration Grants for Mathematicians, 2011-2016
AWM travel grant, June 2010
Fund for Scholarly and Professional Development (2006), Queen’s University

Rosenblith Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 2000
Liberty Mutual Fellowship, Department of Mathematics, MIT, 1999
International Olympiad in Informatics (Netherlands 1995), bronze medal
International Mathematical Olympiad (Hong Kong 1994), silver medal

Source: http://www.math.wustl.edu/~beheshti/web-cv.pdf

Roya Beheshti was class mate and friend of Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman winner of the Fields Prize (“Nobel Prize in Mathemathics”): https://theotheriran.com/2014/08/14/iranian-mathematician-maryam-mirzakhani-the-first-women-to-win-the-nobel-prize-of-mathematics/