Martha and Najmieh Cook Baghali Polo

Iranian chef and cookbook legend Najmieh Batmanglij taught Martha Stewart how to make baghali polo with lamb shank on TV this week, as well as explaining Norooz, chahrshanbeh soori, and the haftseen. So cool! (Click the photo above to watch the segment.)

(via the lovely new blog Yadashts)

Noroozetan Pirooz

Iran 2011 from Cyrus Dowlatshahi on Vimeo.


1390 begins tomorrow. Happy Norooz to you and yours.

This video of beautiful images from Iran was created by Cyrus Dowlatshahi.

(Thanks, Cyrus!)

‘Parazit’ on The Daily Show

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These guys produce a satire show about Iran and they are so funny. Here’s a blog with YouTube embeds. Here’s their Facebook page. Here’s a piece about them on Tehran Bureau. (I believe Saman Arbabi, the dude in the crazy pants, is also the mind behind several Abjeez music videos).

(Daily Show clip first seen here.)

“I’m a very proud clicker, and I’ll keep clicking away forever”

They make this look disgusting (silly BBC), but aren’t you just green with envy at how this girl can click and crack and pop every part of her body at will? Well done, Pegah, well done.


Women Without Men – LA Screenings

Shirin Neshat’s highly anticipated film (an adaptation of Shahrnush Parsipur’s writing) opens in Los Angeles today. Details here.

Production company wants LA Persians for a new reality show – “The Persian Version”

This has “hot mess” written all over it and… I can’t wait?

Via Gawker, the press release:

Doron Ofir Casting
April 7, 2010

Hollywood, CA (APRIL 7th 2010) Yes it’s true! From the team that brought you MTV’s phenomenon “Jersey Shore” it’s The Persian Version!

Doron Ofir Casting is seeking Los Angeles proud Persian-Americans who rule the Hollywood nightlife and own Beverly Hills.

“Its time to show the world that being Persian-American is a celebration of the American dream” says Doron Ofir Executive Casting Director.

So if you are at least 21 years old, appear younger than thirty and are outrageous, outspoken and a proud Persian-American, then Doron Ofir Casting and 495 Productions, the team who brought you Jersey Shore, are looking for you!

Casting is already underway, to get on the A-list, email us at:

Shaggy Bajrami
Doron Ofir Casting
Phone: 323.203.1334

Ramesh and Floppy Persian Dancing of the 1970s

I like Ramesh – she has a nice masculine (lesbian?) vibe, a good voice, and awesome stage presence. That afro alone is crazy-inspiring.

One thing that gets me every time I watch this video is the girl at 1:36 or so and her super-floppy Gumby dancing. <3 forever.

Dariush Mehrjui and J.D. Salinger: Franny and Zooey and Pari

As it turns out, back in 1998, J.D. Salinger blocked a New York City screening of an Iranian film that was loosely based on his book Franny and Zooey. The film was named Pari.


The film, directed by Dariush Mehrjui, was set for a screening at Lincoln Center. When Salinger got wind of this news, he sicced his lawyers on the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the screening was canceled. A New York Times article gives details.

Apparently, the adaptation was unauthorized.

via The J.D. Salinger-Iran Connection « West of Persia.

Shirin Neshat: Women Without Men (Trailer)

Based on Shahrnush Parsipur’s book of the same name. Parsipur plays a madam in the film.

UCLA Iranian Cinema 2010

UCLA’s 20th Annual Celebration of Iranian Cinema is coming up, with an awesome bunch of films showing Feb 5 – Feb 20. Full lineup here, buy tickets here.