Iranian Elections: Marjane Satrapi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf Speak Out

In following the events that are happening in Iran, it occurred to me that Marjane Satrapi, the creator of Persopolis, would certainly not be shy about speaking out on the situation. A quick search found that she, along with filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Kandahar), a representative for opposition candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi abroad, spoke out in front of the European Parliament on June 16th,  seen above YouTube video. A report on the presentation posted on Adnkronos International can be found here.

Noureddin Zarrinkelk

Noureddin ZarrinkelkI just came across a brief, but interesting report on renown Iranian animation filmmaker and illustrator Noureddin Zarrinkelk’s recent appearance at Dartmouth College. The story in The Dartmouth begins by noting that,

In 1986, during the thick of the Iran-Iraq war, Iranian animator Noori Zarrinkelk visited Dartmouth for the first time to give a presentation on his work. Zarrinkelk returned to the College last Friday—over 20 years later and with Iran once again in the news—to give a similar presentation in Loew Auditorium. Zarrinkelk screened five of his films, which express the need for global peace and understanding, as well as two others from contemporary Iranian animators.

Unfortunately, the piece tends to be rather superficial, but it did lead me to check out  Zarrinkelk’s website, which announces that,

The 9th exhibition of the Association of Illustrators of Children’s Books is held for commemoration of Nouredin Zarrin Kelk. The exhibition is organized to appreciate the activities of the father of Iran’s animation, in Momayez Gallery of the Iranian Artists’ Forum, from Monday May 29, for 6 days.

It also includes a brief tribute to Zarrinkelk by Borivoj Dovnikovic Bordo, one of the founders of the Zagreb School of Animation.