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Mitra Sumara Celebrate Pre-Revolution Iranian Pop Music on "Helelyos" (premiere)

Mitra Sumara's polyrhythms and funky synths and brass hearken back to the popular music of pre-Revolution Iran on "Helelyos", full of 1970s style and swirls of fluid jazz.

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Ramesh: Ramesh

This is the best way to listen to Ramesh I think, in a large handpicked block.

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Various Artists: Rangarang: Pre-Revolutionary Iranian Pop

Extraordinary insight into the popular music of Iran before the revolution of 1979 ushered in the Islamic regime, which effectively banned such cultural activity.

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'The Cycle', A Classic Iranian Film, Remains Sadly Relevant

This film is credited with having helped to launch Iranian New Wave cinema, with director Dariush Mehrjui as one of the leaders in the movement.

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Ata Ebteka: Ornamentalism: Ata Ebtekar and the Iranian Orchestra For New Music Performing Works of A

Hints of Persian music are masked by a confounding digital ruckus as one of Iran's premier electronic composers takes on one of the country's pioneering electro-acoustic minds.

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The Fish Fall in Love

A charming but confounding Iranian anti-romance based on the story of Scheherazade -- but with cookery substituting for storytelling.

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Chicken with Plums

Before even opening Chicken with Plums it is apparent that the book will have to go beyond the cultural seduction of Persepolis if Satrapi’s career is to become anything other than a one-note veil dance.

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Iran and the West

Iran and the West looks back at the past three decades of tension and eruption.

Music

Iran: Dissolver

The reclusive, elusive Iran release their third record after six years of silence, and the sound -- once noisy and gnarled -- is so toned down it could be mistaken for the work of an entirely different band.

Mike Newmark
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Haale: No Ceiling

Haale's music is a bit like Tori Amos using her belting voice over Middle-East-influenced rock 'n' roll.

Music

Pouya Mahmoodi: Mehr

Mahmoodi has a mild-mannered, steady voice with an elongated lilt and a gentleness that makes him sound as if he’s singing to himself and you happen to be accidentally overhearing him.

Film

Offside (2006)

Jafar Panahi's Offside uses handheld mobile framing and non-professional actors to create a natural-seeming rhythm, immersing you in multiple experiences, introducing a number of characters all connected by events, desires, and circumstances.

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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

Based on her own personal experience of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Marjane Satrapi introduces us to the effects of cultural change through the eyes of a child.

Sarah Tan
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