Interviews

Namesort descending Description
Interview with Abbas Maroufi

Abbas Maroufi, born in Tehran on May 17, 1957, is an Iranian writer, playwright, publisher, and journalist who currently lives in Germany.

He holds a degree in the dramatic arts from the Tehran School of Fine Arts and began his literary...

Interview with Arash Sobhani

Arash Sobhani is the founder, lead singer and songwriter of Kiosk, an underground Iranian rock band. Formed in Tehran in 2003, Kiosk was forced out of Iran because of its satirical lyrics which are often...

Interview with Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is best known as the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which spent over 117 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated to 32 languages. In 2006 Ms. Nafisi...

Interview with Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi is among the world’s most notable authors. Her first book in English, Reading Lolita in Tehran, was on the New York Times bestseller list for over 100 weeks and has been translated to 32 languages. Her latest work Republic of...

Interview with Bagher Parham

Bagher Parham is an Iranian intellectual, well-known for his books on sociology and his numerous translations, especially of Karl Marx and Friedrich Hegel.

Interview with Esmail Nooriala

Esmail Nooriala is a Persian poet and political activist based in Denver, Colorado. He was one of nine founders of the Association of Iranian Writers. He has worked with a range of literary magazines and publications, including "Bamshad", "Negin...

Interview with Luna Shad

Born in Esfahan, Iran, Luna Shad left her homeland with her family when she was 12 years old. She completed high school with a diploma in Philosophy in Paris, and studied law for a year in college. Luna received her Bachelor’s Degree in...

Interview with Maz Jobrani

Internationally renowned comedian Maziar “Maz” Jobrani was born on February 26, 1972 in Tehran in Iran. At the age of 6, his family moved to Northern California, due to the rising tensions leading up to the Islamic Revolution. Although Jobrani...

Interview with Mostafa Heravi

Born in 1974 in Mashhad, Mostafa Heravi was raisied in a conservativereligious family who from early childhood encouraged him to take up drawing, reading the Quran, and calligraphy. Heravi pursued painting in the presence of a number of master...

Interview with Niloofar Beyzaie

Based in Germany, Niloofar Beyzaie founded the Daricheh Theater Group, which she leads as director, playwright, and designer. In the 17 years since, 8 of her plays have been staged over 150 times across Europe. In her work, she addresses social...

Interview with Nooshabeh Amiri

Nooshabeh Amiri is a journalist who began her career in journalism in 1971 in Tehran, where she also worked with children’s films as a dubbing artist, becoming Director of Dubbing for cinema and television. She has written film reviews and was an...

Interview with Parto Nooriala

Parto Nooriala is a poet, literary critic, and member of the Association of Iranian Writers. Her first book of poetry, A Share of the Years, was printed and ready for distribution in 1972, but eventually banned by the Pahlavi regime for...

Interview with Reza Allamehzadeh

Reza Allamehzadeh is an Iranian filmmaker, film critic and writer who lives in the Netherlands. He is known for his films about refugees, such as The Guests of Hotel Astoria (1988) and the documentary Holy Crime (1994), which is...

Interview with Shabnam Tolouei

Shabnam Tolouei, born in Tehran, Iran, is an Iranian actress, theater director, and playwright. The Iranian government has forbidden her from working in the country because of her Bahá'í faith. Since December 2004, she has lived in Paris, France...