Art and Literature

Entries about creativity in all its forms, plus original creative material.

Persian Mirror - Our mission

Based around the world, we are a small group of interested individuals who would like to educate the world about the Iranian community through art, culture, entertaining articles and personal stories. The purpose of our online magazine is to promote the beauty of Iranian culture by exposing the audience to rich traditions in Persian celebrations, literature, cinema, art, poetry, music, and cooking. In addition, we want to provide a common platform for the more than 3 million Iranian professionals outside of Iran.

This website is non-political, non-religious and encourages anyone who is interested in Persian culture to register and contribute to the site. You can contribute through your artwork, opinion, photographs and any other ideas you might have.

Our mission is perhaps best summed up by Rumi's timeless words:

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Mixed Nutz

The new multi-cultural show about kids from different places, including Iran, Korea, India and Cuba. This amazing series is currently in production at Norooz Productions.

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CNN: Asieh Namdar speaks to Shabnam Rezaei about Mixed Nutz, the new television cartoon series.

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Maa Jaasoos Neesteem


Mansour Taeed

Berkeley Lecture Series had sponsored a very special show in Berkeley last night. Mansour Taeed’s one-man-show, Bahai Faith 101 was staged in Berkeley’s Gaia Center. Mansour Taeed is one of our most understated local celebrities. Graduating in Physics from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University, and almost earning a Ph.D. from Columbia before realizing he wanted a career in theater, he went on to become an actor and a director [Darvag & Javane].  Twenty seven years past his first theater work, he is a brilliant actor, an excellent director, and a wonderful citizen of our community.  As he wanted to tell the world last night, Mansour Taeed is also a Bahai.

His solo show which started by his symbolically stepping out of a closet at the beginning of the play was a very touching tale. Mansour took us through his childhood in a middle-class Bahai family in Tehran, talking about what it meant to be a member of a minority faith even back then. His sweet and funny tales of his having to wear glasses and be teased by his classmates for it, his first love at 14, and the weekly classes of “Dars-e-Akhlaagh,” where he learned about being a Bahai took the audience on an emotional tour.

Through the close to 2 hours of his reminiscences and funny and sad tales, he managed not so much to demystify the Bahai faith for us, although we did get a pretty good account of life as a Bahai. What Taeed managed with flying colors, all the while making us laugh and cry with him, was not to tell us what made him different from the rest of us, but the millions of ways in which we are similar.

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Today's Man

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Thomas More returns to Broadway

{josquote}Say the words of the oath and in your heart think otherwise.”{/josquote}

Sometimes a play shows up at just the right time. In the last year or so, the presence of religion on the fringes of the presidential campaign—Senators Barack Obama and John McCain’s ties to outspoken ministers as well as Governor Sarah Palin’s associations with millennialism—has served mainly to distract the electorate from the central issues facing our country. Religion is at the heart of the political struggle, however, in the latest revival of Robert Bolt’s acclaimed drama, A Man for All Seasons, currently playing in New York. The play recounts how, in a turbulent convergence of religious and political power plays involving the rulers of England and Spain as well as the pope, Thomas More, the lord chancellor of England, went to his death rather than recognize Henry VIII as the head of his country’s newly established church.

{josquote}When a man takes an oath ... he’s holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then—he needn’t hope to find himself again.{/josquote}

The play’s original 1961 American production enjoyed enormous popularity and critical acclaim, running for two years on Broadway and earning six Tony Awards, including Best Play of the season and Best Actor for the little-known British visitor Paul Scofield. The 1966 film version was equally popular and showered with awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Scofield.

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In our current political environment, the portrayal of Thomas More centers on his reputation as one of the most prominent legal minds of his age. His willingness to entrust his fate to the protection of British law stands in bright contrast to the sort of political leaders who are all too ready to ignore or adjust the law to serve their purposes, whether it be to destroy a dissenter in the days of Henry VIII or to protect us from terrorists in our own times.

When his future son-in-law urges More to arrest the scheming Richard Rich because he is a “bad man” who is violating God’s law, More responds by comparing the law to the trees in a forest. “I’m not God,” he says. “The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can’t navigate. I’m no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh, there I’m a forester.... The country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast—man’s laws, not God’s—and if you cut them down...d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then?” In the end, of course, the law will not save Thomas More from Machiavellian men who are willing to lie under oath, as Richard Rich will do in order to become, ironically, a defender of the law as Attorney General for Wales.

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Dawn Breakers International Film Festival '08


The purpose of the Dawn Breakers International Film Festival is:

  • ...to encourage Baha’i filmmakers throughout the world to contribute to the advancement of the New Civilization via film.
  • ...to introduce and recognize Baha'i filmmakers and/or Baha’i-themed films from all over the world.
  • ...to invite and encourage industry professionals and the general public to participate in the process.

The festival will take place in conjunction with the Grand Canyon Baha'i Conference in Arizona.

A short version of the festival will also take place in San Diego's Divine Art of Living Conference.

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