Upcoming Lecture (Vienna): “Sunnis against Shiites: On the Construction of Antagonism”

Hosted by the Vienna Institute for Dialogue and Cooperation:
A critical reflection on the popular belief that a cultural and ideological disparity between Sunni and Shi’ite sects,or religious and secular movements, is the driving force behind the conflict and war in different Arab countries.

When: Thursday, 15th October; 19:00-21:00
Location: Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

Speaker: Lecture and discussion with Professor Hamid Dabashi (Dept. of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies, Columbia University, New York).
Chair: Helmut Krieger (Dept. of Development Studies, University of Vienna/VIDC).
Welcome speech: Magda Seewald (VIDC).

Languages: English and German with simultaneous translation.

To register  email: seewald@vidc.org

For more information, please visit: http://www.vidc.org/en/topics/global-dialogue/2015/sunnis-against-shiits/

Film Screening: Monir + Q&A (London)

Date: 8 September
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Monir, dir. Bahman Kiarostami, 2014, 54 mins, Farsi and English (with English subtitles)

This documentary looks at the life and work of Iranian artist Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who first garnered attention in the 1970s when she pioneered contemporary forms of geometric mirror works. The film takes an intimate look at the artist’s life and her practice, and explores how she has become one of the most innovative and influential artists working in the Middle East today

Tickets available at: https://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/monir-qa

Publication: Nina Ansary, Women of Allah

Iranian historian, author and women’s rights activist, Dr. Nina Ansary, has recently released her much-anticipated book, Jewels of Allah. In it Dr. Ansary sets out to dismantle the popular narratives and perceptions surrounding the women of her home country by tracing the origins, growth and successes of the Iran’s flourishing feminist movement and weaving into her historical writing the personal stories of  strong-willed Iranian women, who have proven to be relentless in their pursuit of gender equality.


100% of all proceeds from the sale of the book will go to various charitable organizations and institutions, with the primary recipient being the OMID Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered charity that has been empowering disadvantaged young women in Iran for over 10 years. 

Information regarding Dr. Ansary’s international book tour can be found by subscribing to her mailing list here

Event: UK Iranian Film Festival (London)

London Iranian Film Festival is the only annual festival to present Iranian cinema in the UK.  The festival aims to introduce the international community to the best of Iranian cinema.


  • 3 Movies, 1 Ticket (Melbourne, I’m Not Angry, 360 Degrees)

Date: Saturday 1st August
Time: 14:00- 21:00
Venue: Greenwood Theatre, King’s Venues, London, 55 Weston Street, London

Tickets are £18 if purchased in advance or £25 on the door (for all three screenings) and can be purchased at: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/3-movies-1-ticket-a-day-of-iranian-cinema–tickets-17478326144

Tickets for individual screenings are also available.

  • Summer Celebration (Darya Dadvar performance and Rokh Divaneh screening)

Date: Sunday 9th August
Venue: Opera Holland Park
Time: Doors open: 17.00
Darya Dadvar Live Performance: 17.30 – 18.45
Screening of Rokh Divaneh (Crazy Castle): 20.00 

Tickets are £41.50 if purchased before 1 August or £50 on the door: http://www.ukiff.org.uk/

The official trailer of Rokh Divaneh, winner of the Best Film and the Best Director awards at the 33rd Fajr Film Festival (2015):

For more information contact:

+(44) 7494005151