Monthly Archives: November 2009

Shirin Ebadi – a victim of the Green Movement: Iran seizes rights lawyer’s Nobel Peace medal!

Shirin Ebadi

TEHRAN, Iran – Iranian authorities confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi‘s medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent.
In Norway, where the peace prize is awarded, the government said the confiscation of the gold medal was a shocking first in the history of the 108-year-old prize. Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts in promoting democracy. She has long faced harassment from Iranian authorities for her activities — including threats against her relatives and a raid on her office last year in which files were confiscated.

More info

The Nigerian legend…Fela (Kuti) – the music activist from Nigeria on and off stage!

FELA!– the Broadway musical: enter the extravagant, decadent, rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. A provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theatre, FELA! features arrangements by Aaron Johnson and Antibalas with direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones. Coming to the Eugene ONeill Theatre. Now through January 31, 2010.

Let the real Fela speak to you! A documentary.

Continue reading

Trailer of “The Poot” – a 2009 documentary about Persian handmade carpet by Elham Asadi.

The Poot posterSelected and screened at Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festivals (IDFA).

Interview with Elham Asadi @ Radio Zamaneh, Amsterdam (in Persian).

IDFA writers: “Carpet weaving is one of the oldest trades in the Persian world, but just as with so many traditions, the craft is under fire these days. Many of the carpets that end up on the European market are mechanically manufactured in China or India, and the handicraft is becoming less attractive because people can earn more money in other occupations.

Continue reading