THE IRAN JOB follows American basketball player Kevin Sheppard as he accepts a job to play in one of the world’s most feared countries: Iran.
With tensions running high between Iran and the West, Kevin tries to separate sports from politics only to find that politics is impossible to escape in Iran.
Along the way he forms an unlikely alliance with three outspoken Iranian women. Thanks to these women, his apartment turns into an oasis of free speech, where they discuss everything from politics to religion to gender roles.
With women directing 21 of the 52 films being shown at this year's Venice film festival, organizers said the time for international recognition of women's contribution to cinema has finally come.
"I think it's a sign of the times," festival director Alberto Barbera said.
"Cinema for over a century was a very male-dominated environment. Finally, even cinema has realized that there is female creativity," he said.
The female director of Saudi Arabia's first feature film, showing at the Venice film festival, has explained how she beat the odds to produce the heartwarming tale of a girl's quest to own a bicycle.
In Haifaa Al Mansour's landmark film "Wadjda," 10-year-old Waad Mohammed plays a girl who is also testing the boundaries of a woman's place in a highly conservative society where her love for Western music and fashions land her in trouble.
Middle-class Indian movie-goers are set to squirm in their seats this week as a new film explores how wealthier families treat the household staff who answer to their every whim.
"Delhi in a Day" tells the story of an idealistic British traveller who finds he is stuck in a stifling and snobbish home where poorly-paid and vulnerable domestic workers are taken for granted and casually humiliated.
Despite her blond hair, blue eyed, light skinned exterior, Olympic Swimmer and Gold Medalist Natalie is actually ¼ Filipino and proud of it!
At the 2008 Olympics, she became the first American female athlete in modern Olympic history to win six medals in one Olympics and the first woman ever to win a 100 m backstroke gold in two consecutive Olympics.
The Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab) screened the top ten films of the Eighth Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout (“Shootout”), yesterday afternoon at the Asian American International Film Festival, under the auspices of and in collaboration with Asian CineVision. AAFilmLab’s first female president, Jennifer Betit Yen, began the ceremony by thanking the filmmakers and film fans for their support of ethnic and gender diversity in film. She explained, “[t]he 72 Hour Shootout is about empowerment.
After becoming a fixture on the big screen with the critically and commercially acclaimed Slumdog Millionaire, Freida Pinto is quickly becoming an international film star and household name. She garnered international attention for her debut film role as Latika in Slumdog Millionaire and was nominated for “Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture” for her role at the 2009 BAFTA Awards. The movie itself won 8 Academy Awards including “Best Motion Picture” and had another 100 wins and 51 nominations.
Anna Li, who was one of the three replacement athletes in England for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team, will be in London supporting the U.S. squad despite suffering a neck injury earlier in the week that has put her in a cervical collar and taken her out of the replacement pool.
According to a USA Gymnastics spokesperson, Li made the decision to stay in London and watch the competition rather than returning home immediately for further medical care.