Story | Apr 2, 2014 | 6:05 PM
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Story | May 22, 2014 | 7:17 PMIranian director Abbas Kiarostami achieved renown for “Through the Olive Trees” (1994) and “A Taste of Cherry” (1997). Along the way, he also penned the screenplays for two of Jafar Panahi's best films, “The White Balloon” (1995) and “Crimson Gold” (2003). Still, none of this could have prepared viewers for 2010's “Certified Copy,” his first film shot outside of Iran. Having a genuine international star, Juliette Binoche, didn't hurt, but it was the movie's tricky ambiguity about the central relationship that made it a masterpiece.
Story | Jun 22, 2011 | 3:46 PM
Aydin was an Iranian mountaineer who had climbed 572 steps to the top of the Cascade — a towering architectural feat in the heart of Yerevan that now houses the Cafesjian Center for the Arts — with his wife. On a South Caucasus road trip,...
Story | Jul 7, 2011 | 7:53 AM
A 59-year-old Glendale man was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in federal prison for his role in shipping vacuum pump equipment that could be used in nuclear projects to Iran. Jiraiir Avanessian was accused, along with two other Iranian men, of...
Story | Jan 26, 2012 | 2:55 PM
An oil painting featuring the Statue of Liberty surrounded by the floating heads of popular Armenian figures recently became the first donated work of art to the city in more than a decade to be turned down. The painting also includes flowing wheat...