Doostane Farsi Zabane Man, which translates from Persian (Farsi) to "My Persian-Speaking Friends," aims to increase friendship and cultural understanding between Iranians and Americans through a pen pal program between young citizens of Iran and the United States.

 

Rudkhan Castle, Fuman, Gilan, Iran

Valiasr Square Underground passageway, Tehran, Iran

Necropolis, Iran (early 1900’s)

Necropolis, Iran (early 1900’s)

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Iranian National Football Team in Brazil

Remembering the World Cup

Lion and Sun on an Iranian Telegram (early 1900’s)

Lion and Sun on an Iranian Telegram (early 1900’s)

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"This film follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as "Rosewater," who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days."

Directed by Jon Stewart

Traditional Iranian “Zoor Khaneh” music recorded in 1956

The traditional Zoor Khaneh music is performed by a “Morshed”. Zoor Khaneh which means house of strength in Persian, are traditional gymnasiums were “Varzesh-e Bastani” (Ancient sport) which is a mix of wrestling and other martial arts is practiced. 

"The morshed (the traditional singer in Zoor khaneh) dictates the pace by beating a goblet drum while reciting Gnostic poems and stories from Persian mythology. As the most important member of the Zoor Khaneh, the morshed leads prayer sessions and spurs the athletes on with poems in praise of Shi’ite imams and excerpts from the Shahnameh. The singing itself once served as a form of oral education, passing down social knowledge, moral codes and religious teachings to the warriors in training."

Very much worth listening to.