Syrian Awareness Week: Raising Knowledge and Money

Last month Penn for Syrian Refugees and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture organized “Syria Awareness Week” on Penn’s campus (Sept 23-27) -- and I, in my dual role as board member for PSR and Al-Bustan staff member, took a big part in organizing it. Our goal, which we conceived last spring before the many changes in… Continue reading Syrian Awareness Week: Raising Knowledge and Money

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Abstract themes in Ethereal spaces; Thoughts on The Deserted Station

By Muhammad NaqviDirector: Alireza Raisian Writers: Abbas Kiarostami (story), Kambuzia Partovi Stars: Leila Hatami, Nezam Manouchehri, Mehran Rajabi The Deserted Station (2002), an Iranian masterpiece by director Alireza Raissian, stayed at the peripheries of transnational cinema even after critical and audience success. Leslie Camhi of the Village Voice (amongst other critics) praised its delicate direction… Continue reading Abstract themes in Ethereal spaces; Thoughts on The Deserted Station

Interview with Mohsen Namjoo: Making Music and Memory

October 13, 2014By Nikki – Senior at Science Leadership Academy Mohsen Namjoo at University of Pennsylvania campus In the next chapter of his career, Mohsen Namjoo is dedicated to breaking new ground. Dubbed by the New York Times as “Bob Dylan of Iran”, Namjoo strives for musical excellence, not only for his fans, but also because of… Continue reading Interview with Mohsen Namjoo: Making Music and Memory

Launching the Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program*

Three weeks into our after-school program, so much wonderful stuff has already happened that I have to get some of it off my chest. The kids’ personalities are just starting to emerge, their skills are sharpening, and consequently the days are increasingly fun. Concurrent with the play that goes on there is also a fairly… Continue reading Launching the Moffet Arab Arts After-School Program*