Italy’s official entry to the Oscars for Best International Film is the documentary Notturno from award-winning director Gianfranco Rosi. Over three years, Rosi traveled through Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria, and Lebanon and captured vignettes of the citizens within those countries.
The Tony Awards have been generous with nominations this year as contenders battle it out.
A testament to the pull between duty and independence that plagues many youth today, but especially those in the East, Sand Storm is not the rom-com it pretends to be.
On Thursday July 30 the Strand‘s picturesque rare book room was clad with a lectern, stage and rows of seats to duly host a discussion by Nina Ansary, author of Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran, and Cyrus Copeland, author of Off the Radar: A Father’s Secret, a Mother’s Heroism and, a Son’s Quest, led by Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi.