List of Persian/Iranian Events for 2006-06-01

    Persian Dramatic Artists To be Honored at The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards In Budapest Hungary

    Europe - Hungary Thursday - June 1, 2006     12:00 PM

    Persian Dramatic Artists To be Honored at The 2nd Persian Golden Lioness Awards In Budapest Hungary

    Report on WAALM®'s Official Announcements by Darius KADIVAR

    See original announcement with Photos at :

    My existence is from you and your appearance is through Me.

    Yet if I had not appeared, you would not have been.

    -Jalaluddin Rumi (**)

    With a deeply rooted culture and civilization that spans over more than two millenniums, Persians as a community both inside and outside their motherland have greatly contributed to the Arts and intellectual emancipation of their contemporaries. Paradoxically the turmoil's of history and exile have also enriched an introspection on ourselves as a community and on our responsibility as Artists, Writers or Intellectuals as well as citizens of our country of adoption to play a part in a dialogue of civilizations so necessary in our tormented World. It is to respond to the growing desire of not only recognition but also encouragement of Persian Artists, Writers and people of culture Worldwide as well as that of their colleagues in their new country of adoption that The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® (*) took an unprecedented initiative to support, develop, and promote the dramatic and fine arts, creative writing and poetry, as well as professional journalism and media productions by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners, and benefiting the public. Thus it has created the Golden Persian Lioness Awards® which is in its second year of existence has no other ambition than to encourage and promote men and women who through their work subscribe to the humanistic values and love of beauty so dearly cherished by our great Persian poets through the ages.

    By Paying tribute to the Past and an eye on the Future, (**) The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® is proud to announce that this years recipient will pay tribute to several generation of talents who have greatly contributed to the enhancement of Dramatic Arts and who have achieved the great task of bringing the culture of our Ancient Land Persia to the eyes and ears of our contemporaries World Wide. By Conferring to them the Golden Persian Lioness Award® we believe that it will encourage other aspiring artists and writers to look upon these exceptional achievements with the hope and ambition of pursuing the same path towards excellence.

    The board of governors and by authority of the same on recommendation of the Academy, hereby confirm the nomination of :

    Mr. Omid Djalili for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Male Actor).

    Mrs. Shohreh Aghdashloo for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Female Actor).

    Mr. Kayvan Mashayekh for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts (Best Independent Film Director), for The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam.

    Mrs. Jane Robinson for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts (Best Costume Designer ),

    For film The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam.

    Mr. Dustin Ellis for an Award of Excellence in the category of Dramatic Arts ( Best Directing of Animated film), for the film Babak & Friends – A First Norooz.

    Mr. Farzin Rezaeian for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Documentary film) for film Persepolis Recreated.

    Mr. Shahrokh Meshkin Ghalam for an Award of Excellence in Dramatic Arts ( Best Ballet Dancer)

    Mrs. Vanessa Redgrave and Mr. Robert Hossein: For Lifetime Achievements in Dramatic Arts ( For Acting and Directing).

    The Hosts : Prof. M. Dorbayani, PhD and Dr. Marjan Abdi, PhD the Founders of The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media – WAALM® And Directors of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI®

    The 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be held in Budapest in October of 2006. Hungary and its beautiful, cultural and historical capital Budapest is not only the host city for the Awards but also one of the Award winning nations being honored and participating in all categories of our academy. WAALM ® will give full accommodation to the Awardees for their three-day stay visit that will include a tour of the city's highlights and will culminate by the Awards Ceremony. The latter will be covered by our academy's Media Partner KTV® a major broadcasting Hungarian company that will showcase the event to more than 300 000 Viewers.

    The Persian Golden Lioness Awards® will be conferred out in three major categories including the Arts (Dramatic Arts, Fine Arts, and Music), Literature (Novels, Short stories, Poetry, Lyrics, and Play-writing) and Media (News TVs, Radios, Websites, Magazines, Media Productions). Last year's award recipients included agencies such as Voice of America – VOA® and BBC® as well as legends such as Houshmand Aghili, Muhammad Heidari, Akbar Golpayegani, Sattar, Behrouz Vossoughi and Masoud Assadolahi were honored.

    Author's Notes :

    (*) The World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media- WAALM® is an extension and awarding body of the International Further Studies Institute-IFSI® .

    (**) A special tribute during the Awards will be given to equally known, unknown, past or present Iranian artists, actors, directors, costume designers, technicians in Iran who have been striving and continue to struggle for their Art in often precarious and difficult situations. The Academy shall not forget that their contribution deserves recognition and acknowledgment.

    Learn More about the Awards:

    “Peaceful Warrior” , A film inspired by Rumi

    Los Angeles Thursday - June 1, 2006     07:00 PM

    I recently saw an enlightening film, “Peaceful Warrior” starring Nick Nolte and Amy Smart. It is Based on “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” a bestseller book by Dan Millman.

    It is a contemporary tale of Rumi & Shams Tabrizi’ encounter. The film is all about spiritual messages in a direct and simple language and yet very entertaining. You got to see it.

    The film is produced by the Iranian American prominent producer, Mark Amin. Mark came across the book, more than 10 years ago and recognized many of Rumi’s teachings in the book. Upon meeting the author, Mark realized that Dan also was a student of Rumi and in fact had got many of his inspirations from Rumi.

    Mark currently serves as Vice-Chairman of Lions Gate Entertainment and has produced more than 50 films including Academy Award Nominee “Frida”. Lions Gate Films is the distributor of “Crash”, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture last year.

    Please come to see the film, either the June 1st preview or opening weekend.

    Thursday, June 1st, there's a special evening preview, with a unique big-screen Tele-Community-Conference after the film, linking all audiences in six cities, to be able to see and communicate with each other. This is the first time this technique is being used to link people together.

    The event is hosted by stars of the film, filmmakers, -Tony Robbins (who loves the films), and others to be announced.

    To see the theatrical preview and for more information please go to:

    “Peaceful Warrior” opens on June 2nd in:





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