In the Memoriam of


Film Society is proud to present a special program: Images of Iranian Women in the Arts


SUNDAY MARCH 12, 2006,
AT 6:30 P.M.

Admission: In Advance $15.00 - At The Door $20.00
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Celebrating the International Women's Day, we are proud to present Mahin Amid, Poet and writer, Pari Amini, Painter, Forugh Farrokhzad, poet and filmmaker, Mitra Rahbar, singer and songwriter-composer, Homa Sarshar, writer and journalist, Ziba Shirazi, singer and song-writer-composer, as part of our Images of Iranian Women in the Arts series.


Half a century ago, Forugh Farrokhzad, the most daring, revolutionary and the greatest Iranian woman-modernist poet, made a landmark documentary film. Symbolically, she called it The House Is Black. Many decades later, it is still relevant and intensely moving.

Ironically, not only The House is still Black, furthermore, Farrokhzad brings back to life the injustices to the people of a society long oppressed by its own as well as Western governments.

Farrokhzad stunned everyone by the only film she made during her short but productive life, and like her poetry, stretches the boundaries of hope, love, freedom and humanity.

This program is dedicated to her memory. She lives in our hearts, and remains with us through the brilliance of her works.

Hassan Fayyad


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by: Hassan Fayyad



Mahin Amid

Embracing a wide variety of lyrical subjects, Mahin Amid 's published works represent an elite group of Iranian Women Poets who still write superbly crafted poetry in the traditional classic form.

Mahin Amid is a published auther of two collections of poems named A Look at a Look . She has also published a large body of articles and research works, including Iranian Women Poets and Poetry. Some of Amid's works have been translated into French and English.


Pari Amini

Pari Amini is a traditional Persian painter, painting both watercolor and oil.  Her interest in studying fine art and the decorative/domestic arts spans over half a century.   Amini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Honarhayeh Ziba and has pursued private art studies with professors Poursafah, Bahadori and Shayesteh.  Whilst in Iran, Amini had yearly exhibits at Pahlavi University attended by the general public, as well as the Iranian royal family and other heads of state. 

After immigrating to the United States, she joined several art groups including the American Institute of Fine Arts, Artists of the Southwest and Wilshire Ebell Club. In 1987 she had an exhibit at the Beverly Hills Hotel where she gave a demonstration of aminipointillism, a delicate and intricate form of painting-using tiny dots of color. Pointillism is the genre featured in her current series of watercolor portraits of, Women Who Make a Difference.

She continues to paint and exhibit her works annually at the Hollywood Woman’s Club (winning 11 first place awards) and the Wilshire Ebell Club.  In 2000, she became a fellow of the Institute of Fine Arts.  In the past 2 years, Amini, has been honored with the Peter the Great Honorary Medal, Chilingar Medal, and recently received the White Elephant Award and Royal Thai Pouch Medal from the King and Queen of Thailand.

Pari Amini will exhibit five portraits of her International Women Collection featuring her delicate and intricate form of painting that utilizes delicate shadings and variations to expertly capture the fundamental qualities of her subjects.

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rahbarMitra Rahbar

Born in Iran Mitra is a singer, writer and advocate of peace and spiritual enlightment.

Mira’s strong background in theatre arts and human services takes her to the forefront of many cause oriented programs especially those focusing on rights of women and children and peace. Mitra’s soprano voice has been labeled by
the media as "angelic" and "mesmerizing".

Mitra has released three vocal albums and one spirtiual prose album up to date. She has also sung for the Cannes Film Festival, United Nations and the new release Spartacus, and the award winning film, The Olive Harvest

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Homa Sarshar


She is the author of two books and the editor of twelve other volumes, including five volumes of the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation Journal and four volumes of The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews. Her latest book Shaban Jafari was the number one best seller Persian book in Iran and abroad in the year 2003.

Sarshar has received numerous awards for her work, including the Medal for Special Achievement in Women's Rights, given by The Iranian Women's Organization of Tehran, Iran; Journalism Award: Distinguished Iranian Women by The Encyclopaedia Iranica, and Commendation for community affairs services by County of Los Angeles.

Homa Sarshar has dedicated much of her life to various philanthropic ventures and has actively campaigned for many human rights and women's rights issues.

Sarshar was born in Shiraz on 1946, raised in Tehran and earned a BA degree in French literature from Tehran University and a Masters Degree in journalism from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California.

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zibaZiba shirazi

Ziba Shirazi set herself and her dreams free when she left Iran and moved to Los Angeles in 1986. She longed to be free to write poignant lyrics; she yearned to sing and compose without being hindered by suffocating cultural intolerance.

Ziba is from the ancient land called Persia and the language and the culture of that 5000 year old civilization are, as she says," In every cell of my body". The wondrous, troubling, miraculous thing is that jazz, literature and social equality are also within her molecules. The result is music that is not a blending of two ways of life but a true synthesis, something greater and more artistically moving than the sum of its parts. The songs of Ziba Shirazi whether joyous or pensive, whether predominately jazz, blues, or Iranian folk in flavor are never simply nostalgic, never backward looking, always open ended, always with a hint of the future.

If ziba has a message, it is to leave behind what needs to be left behind and to take the best of all of our traditions into a finer, better, and more complete world.

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