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IRAN: Saghar/Vicky

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spring in Britain focuses on less cultural pursuits… we’re concerned with our daylight hours and the promise of summer, but not before we traverse the rain-drenched month of April (we’re expecting hailstones and gales tomorrow). Yes, the British have an almost hypnotic fascination with the weather – possibly because our side of the world experiences little weather.

The Iranian New Year appears to be loaded with ritual and significance – ours is filled with song, merriment and general mayhem, and resolutions we do not keep or regret by 2 January, the day after our New Year’s Day. Do you also make resolutions on your New Year’s Day, decisions which you hope may improve and/or enrich your life? I’ve given up making such resolutions and instead make quiet promises to myself of achievements I hope to accomplish before the year is out.

Talking of achievements, I’ve finally delivered my short film Quietus to the UK Film Council today. It’s been quite an experience (good and bad) – one that I won’t forget in a hurry, and one which I hope to take with me to my next film… I now know of things I will do differently the next time. I am now planning to try and secure funding to make a 30-minute film (my current one is 10 minutes), which I hope to write as well as direct. The subject matter is dark, but has a social theme which I hope will connect with most people.

I find your photographs quite poignant – they look like something you enjoy doing. Please do send me more, depicting the ordinary people of Iran; the sights and sounds and what you see or encounter in your daily journey. I have a digital video camera, but unfortunately I do not have a digital camera nor the various cables to upload images to show you my immediate environment – I will work on that. I live in a multi-cultural community of Europeans, Caribbeans, Africans, and Asians, and it is a vibrant community at that! Our annual carnival (end of May) showcases the artistic spectacle and cultural melting pot of Luton, where I live. I have some DV footage of the carnival of 2 years ago and will endeavour to upload some images for you to see – it’s a great occasion, attended by some 2000 visitors in addition to Luton locals.

I can hear the rain beating against my window as I write to you – tomorrow’s going to be extremely wet, but then, that’s Britain in the spring time!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hyacinth; scent of heaven!

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Cute Gold fishes! Posted by Picasa

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Young girls in a shopping center in Tehran. Posted by Picasa

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A shopping center in Tehran. Posted by Picasa

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Iranian New year begins on the first day of spring; March 21th.All the people prepare themselves for traditional ceremonies in advance by cleaning their houses, replacing some old stuff, buying new cloths, flowers, and so on. Besides some items are specifically provided for 7S table set.Haft-Seen or The Table of Seven S's is a ritualistic table that Iranians prepare and sit around it at "Saal-Tahveel". Haft means "seven" in Persian, and Seen is the 15th letter of the Persian alphabet (which consists of 32 letters) and phonologically it corresponds to the letter S in the English language. The following seven things whose names start with the letter "Seen" must be present on any Haft-Seen table. The following is a list of "Haft-Seen" items and a brief description of their symbolic meaning or cultural significance. 1) Sabzeh (sprouts, usually lentil or wheat): Representing fertility and rebirth of nature.
2) Seeb (apple): Represents natural beauty.
3) Samanu (a pudding in which common wheat sprouts are transformed and given new life as a sweet, creamy pudding): Represents the reward of patience.
4) Somaq (somaq berry used as spice): Represents the color of sunrise; with the appearance of the sun Good conquers Evil.
5) Senjed (the sweet, dry fruit of the Lotus tree): Represents love. It has been said that when lotus tree is in full bloom, its fragrance and its fruit make people fall in love and become oblivious to all else.
6) Seer (garlic): Represents health.
7) Serkeh (vinegar): Represents age.
Other items that you may see on Haft-Seen table:
A mirror which represents the images and reflections of Creation that by Persian beliefs took place on the first day of spring. On either side of the mirror are two candlesticks holding a flickering candle for each child in the family. The candles represent enlightenment and happiness.
Sonbol (Hyacinth): Spring flowers with the scent of heaven.
Sekkeh (coins): Represent prosperity and wealth.
A basket of painted eggs represents fertility.
A Seville orange floating in a bowl of water represents the earth floating in space.
A goldfish in a bowl represents life and the end of astral year-picas.
A flask of rose water known for its magical cleansing power, is also included on the tablecloth. And finally, incenses (mounted in sprouts) whose fumes ward off evil spirits.
During New Year holidays, people visit their relatives and friends, go sightseeing and take trips to attractive places Posted by Picasa

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Happy New Year! Posted by Picasa

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Hi Saghar

I like the photographs you've posted, especially the one with the man and child walking across the light squares on the floor. Were they published in a Tehran newspaper?

Life is busy for me at the moment - I'm making a short film and it is taking just as long as if it was a big film because I'm trying to do something a little different. It's called QUIETUS and will be really cool once it's finished - we just need to put some music in it, but it's proving quite difficult to find the right music.

Anyway, we are going to send it into the Cannes Film Festival this year, and I'm very excited about that - if it gets selected, I will be ecstatic.

What's life like for you in Iran at the moment?



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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Follow me! Posted by Picasa(Train station/Tehran)

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Thursday, March 09, 2006

The little passengers! ( Train station/Tehran) Posted by Picasa

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Friday, March 03, 2006


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