Award-Winning Documentary
Opens in NY and LA


Currently playing in New York, New Mexico and California, FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS is the award-winning documentary film by Mitra Farahani. The film had its world premiere as the Official Selection at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and screened at numerous film festivals including New York, Telluride, and Seattle

Iranian painter and sculptor Bahman Mohasses, who was a celebrated and iconoclastic figure in the pre-revolutionary 60s and 70s, was known for his art as well as his merciless public pronouncements. Mohasses remained in Iran after the revolution, but he frequently traveled in secret to Italy, which he finally made his home in 2006. Throughout the years, many of his works were destroyed by the new government, and many more by Mohasses himself. Filmmaker Mitra Farhani tracked down Mohasses in a Roman hotel and filmed him during the last six months of his life. The poetic self-portrait that they made together is a joyous celebration of freedom—to create, to destroy, to indulge, to pontificate and make withering judgments, to live without regret.

FIFI HOWLS FROM HAPPINESS is open at Lincoln Plaza in New York, at Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and Encino, Taos Center for the Arts in Taos, The Screen Santa Fe in Santa Fe, and Guild Cinema in Albuquerque.

Calling Iranian Artists
Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video


The Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) and Farhang Foundation are opening the call for submissions for the international juried exhibition Focus Iran: Contemporary Photography and Video. The exhibition is an opportunity to expose and feature emerging and mid-career photographers and media artists from around the world. Artists 18 years of age and older are invited to apply until September 21, 2014. There is no entry fee to participate, and submissions will be accepted through the free online service CaFÉ at www.callforentry.org.
The complete rules of submission can be found at www.farhang.org/focusiran

Persian Screen Film Festival


In partnership with Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, the Honolulu Museum of Art presents a celebration of Persian society, culture, and history through film. These award-winning features highlight the breadth of contemporary Iranian cinema and includes two recent films starring Leila Hatami, who achieved international recognition for her role in 2012 Oscar winner A Separation.
Special thanks: Dr. Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali, President, and the Staff of Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute; Mohammad Atebbai, Iranian Independents; Jeannette Hereniko, Alexander Street Press; Carol Khewhok, Shangri La Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; Maryam Naghibi, Soureh Cinema Org; Tom Vick, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution.

Opening-night reception: Sept 6, 6-7:30pm: Enjoy delicious Persian-inspired dishes with a glass of Shiraz wine, beer or soda in the museum’s Luce Pavilion Courtyard. Screening of A Cube of Sugar | Ye Habe Ghand at 7:30pm. $35, $30 MM