Farhang Foundation
November 2012 Newsletter

As the warmth of summer turns to a cool crisp breeze and the leaves that once adorned the trees fall around us, we are reminded that autumn is the season of change. But it is also the season of being thankful. We at Farhang Foundation are thankful for your ongoing support and wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. Continue reading to learn more about our upcoming programs... 

Myths in Bahram Beyzaie's Works
December 2, 2012  3pm
Dodd Hall 147 at UCLA

Farhang Foundation and UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies will proudly present a lecture by Bahram Beyzaie, prolific playwright, film director, and researcher, taking place Sunday, December 2nd at 3pm at Dodd Hall 147, UCLA. Over the past five decades, Mr. Beyzaie has published more than 35 plays and written more than 50 screenplays. He has also made ten feature and four short films, among them Mustachioed Uncle, The Journey, Talking with the Wind, The Speaking Carpet, Downpour, The Stranger and the Fog, The Crow, The Ballad of Tara, Death of Yazdgerd, Bashu, The Little Stranger, Maybe Some Other Time, The Travelers, Killing Rabids, and While We Are All Asleep. Conducted in Persian, this lecture is free and open to all. No RSVPs and seating will be limited. Click here for more info. 

A Night of Poetry with Houshang Ebtehaj
December 9, 2012  at 7pm
Dodd Hall 147 at UCLA  

Join us on Sunday, December 9th for A Night of Poetry with Houshang Ebtehaj

featuring the insights of renowned poet Houshang Ebtehaj,  accompanied by masters of traditional Persian music,  Fariborz Azizi on tar and Pejman Hadadi on tonbak.  

The program, which is sponsored by the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, UCLA Graduate Student Association and Farhang Foundation, is free and open to all, and will begin at 7pm at UCLA's Dodd Hall 147. Please keep in mind that RSVPs are required and seating is limited. Click here for more info and to register.

The Premiere of The Iranian Americans
December 18, 2012  at 9:30 pm on PBS

The long anticipated premiere of
The Iranian Americans takes place December 18th on PBS. Chronicling the history of Iranian American immigrants seeking refuge in the United States, this documentary begins with a historical look at Persia more than two millennia ago, and features the perspectives of 25 Iranian Americans recounting their experiences as immigrants. They include Maz Jobrani (actor/comedian), Jimmy Delshad (politician and former mayor of Beverly Hills), Firouz Naderi (director of solar system exploration at NASA's JPL), Goli Ameri (former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and a former delegate to the United Nations), and Hamid Biglari (vice-chairman of Citicorp).

Major funding for The Iranian Americans is provided by Bahman and Hamila Atefi, Joseph and Mahnaz Moinian; Y&S Nazarian Foundation; Bita Daryabari; Hamid Moghadam and Christina M. Gwatkin; Pivotal Foundation/F. Francis Najafi; Nasser J. Kazeminy; Farhang Foundation; Shahbazi Family.  Click here for more info. 

Tehran: An Urban History of Revolutions
January 3, 2012  at 7:30 pm 

On Thursday, January 3rd, Farhang Foundation will co-present a lecture by Professor Talinn Grigor, the associate professor of Modern and Contemporary Architecture at Brandeis University. Professor Grigor, an architectural historian, will explore the relationship between architecture and politics in Iran, with a look at Tehran's urban space and its embodiment of social and economic stratification within Iran. Tehran: An Urban History of Revolutions takes place at the Hammer Museum at 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024. This program will be free of charge and seating is subject to availability. Just a reminder that reservations and RSVPs will not be accepted for this event. Click here for more details. 

5th Annual Farhang Foundation Short Film Festival
The Submissions period is now open!

At Farhang Foundation, we are big believers in the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words. Telling a powerful story through the cinematic arts is a rare ability that we believe deserves to be rewarded. This is why since 2009, we have continued to call on individuals from all backgrounds and walks of life to submit short films visualizing some aspect of Iranian art, culture, and heritage for a chance to win $10,000 (first place), $5,000 (second place) or $3,000 (third place).

Farhang Foundation's annual online film festival, now in its fifth year, offers contestants the opportunity to compete for prize money and the prestige of screening their film before a live audience at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The submissions period for this year's festival is now open until February 1, 2013. The award ceremony, during which the winning submissions will be screened before a live audience, will take place on March 16, 2013 as part of Farhang's annual Nowruz celebration at LACMA.

 For more information, including official submissions guidelines, please visit the Festival website at FarhangFilmFest.org.

Farhang Connect: A Night of Persian Culture with a Contemporary Twist

One of our greatest achievements in 2012 was launching the

Farhang Generations Council

Dedicated to furthering Farhang Foundation's mission by engaging forthcoming generations of Iranian-Americans in Iranian art and culture, the Farhang Generations Council officially kicked off on November 17th with Farhang Connect: A Night of Persian Culture with a Contemporary Twist at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. The evening featured Ardeshir Radpour, acclaimed professional polo (chogun) player and historian; Payman Hamed, Persian calligrapher; Sam Anvari, graphic artist; Hamid Saeidi and Mehrdad Arabifard, masters of traditional Persian music; and musical performances by Cameron Rafati and DJ Kabo. The Farhang Connect program was well-attended by young Iranian-American professionals eager to become more involved with Farhang's mission. To learn more about Farhang Generations Council and for a list of upcoming events, please visit farhang.org/generations Click here for the photo album.

Lights  & Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews
Now through March 13, 2013
Fowler Museum at UCLA


The diversity of Iranian culture and history comes to light in a new exhibit at UCLA's Fowler Museum currently on display

until March 13, 2013.

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews offers a fascinating look at the history of the nearly 3,000 year-old Jewish community in Iran through archaeological artifacts, manuscripts, ceremonial garments, musical instruments, paintings, photographs, video, and more. The exhibition will also explore twentieth century Iran through Hasan Sarbakhshian's photographs of the remaining Jewish community in Iran and installations by artists Shelley Gazin and Jessica Shokrian about Iranian Jews in Los Angeles.

Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews has been created and organized by Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel. Farhang Foundation is proud to team up with the Y & S Nazarian Family Foundation (lead sponsor), The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles (exhibition partner), and the Sinai Temple (co-sponsor). For more information about the exhibition and related programming, please click here.

Shahnameh Festival 2012
A modern day celebration of a timeless masterpiece

On October 6, 2012, Farhang Foundation, in partnership with the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine, organized a full day of events dedicated to celebrating the national epic of Iran and one of the masterpieces of Persian literature, Ferdowsi's Shahnameh ("Book of Kings").  

The 2012 Shahnameh Festival kicked off with a free conference at UC Irvine, featuring lectures by notable international scholars discussing various elements of the Shahnameh, including its historic, cultural and artistic implications. The festival continued in the evening with "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" at the Irvine Barclay Thea



Written by the incomparable Gordafarid (considered to be the first female naqqal), "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" depicted three tales from Ferdowsi's epic: "Shirin & Khosrow", "Bahram & Arezoo" and "Sohrab & Gordafarid." Under the choreography of dance virtuoso Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam, "Love Stories of the Shahnameh" featured the remarkable Miriam Peretz and Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam in a highly praised and moving performance.

Thank you to all who contributed their time, talents, and resources to the 2012 Shahnameh Festival. In particular, we are sincerely grateful to our friends in the community who joined us at the event, making it one of the most well-attended events at the Samuel Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture to-date. For those who were unable to attend, feel free to click here to view pictures from this unforgettable performance.  

horseAbout Farhang Foundation
Farhang Foundation is a non-religious, non-political and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications and conferences. The foundation also supports cultural programs such as the celebration of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings and poetry reading in Southern California. Farhang Foundation, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions plans major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture.   However, the content, viewpoints or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation.   For more info visit: www.farhang.org

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In This Issue

Myths in Bahram Beyzaie's Works

A Night of Poetry with Houshang Ebtehaj

Premiere: The Iranian Americans

Tehran: An Urban History of Revolutions

5th Annual Farhang Short Film Festival

Farhang Connect: A Night of Persian Culture with a Contemporary Twist

Lights & Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews

Shahnameh Festival 2012






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Iranian Studies Initiative
at USC
Farhang Foundation's Iranian Studies Initiative is well underway at the University of Southern California. As a result of this historic initiative and the generosity of Farhang's donor community, USC is now offering Persian language classes.
But, if we hope to see this initiative thrive and develop into a program that offers a specialization in Iranian Studies, we will need your help again.
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learn more about Farhang's Iranian Studies Initiative  and we hope you keep this groundbreaking endeavor in mind during this season of giving.

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