Iranian Instagram influencer Soheil Taghavi posed with skulls, bones, and pieces of pottery at the unexplored Tasuki archeological site in southeast Iran in a video that he hoped would go viral. But many people across Iran were shocked by the video, especially lovers of history and archeology. Our Observer explains that even moving the smallest object in this kind of site can jeopardize future digs and ruin important discoveries about the past. On Instagram, Soheil Taghavi describes himself as a tour guide. He has 29,000 followers. In the videos that he posted of his visit to the Tasuki archeological site, Taghavi digs in the ground and pulls out skulls and bones, then poses with them in front of the camera. “I gathered up the best preserved pieces for you”, he says at one point. “Now is the moment to share my page so your friends can see these cool things, too,” he says, smiling. ‘Just touching these artefacts with bare hands could damage them’ Fatemeh Aliasghar is an Iranian journalist who has written extensively about …
Iranian singer Hamid Askari and his band performed a concert on January 30 in Milad Tower Music, a well-known venue in Tehran. However, they won’t be performing again soon. After that concert,
An open-air concert for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, was interrupted when a cleric jumped on stage and tried to stop the music, but the fans booed him offstage.
Once part of Iran’s underground scene, several female Iranian singers have become more daring of late. They’ve shrugged off their headscarves,
Censors at Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance often order directors to make changes to their films – or ban the films outright.
The Iranian film industry is one of the most respected in the world and wins dozens of international prizes each year. However, before they are released, films produced in Iran must go in front of the state censorship board. I spoke with Iranian director Abdolreza Kahani to find out the real deal about making movies in a theocracy. I’m going to publish a two-part interview about censorship and Iranian cinema. Stay tuned for part two. How does censorship work in Iran? In the past decade, at least 25 films have been banned in Iran, for a variety of reasons. The film “Asabani Nistam” (“I’m not angry”, in English) by director Reza Dormishian was banned in 2014 because the story centres on the Green movement, an opposition movement that came to prominence in 2009. The films “Mehmoonie Kami” (“Kami’s Party”) by director Ali Ahmadzadeh and “Delighted” by Abdolreza Kahani, which are both about social tension in Iran, were also banned. “To get authorisation to film in Iran, you need to go through several steps” However, it’s …
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For the past few months, the fans of Iranian singer Amir Tataloo have been scratching their heads. What has got into their idol?
Hours after Asghar Farhadi criticized Donald Trump’s attempted Muslim travel ban as “inhumane” in his acceptance speech for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards
In Iran, changing sex is legal. But it’s not easy. Our Observer Saman Arastou explains what it’s like to be transsexual in the Islamic Republic.