Thanksgiving Potluck

Where: The Villas at Happy Valley
When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6PM

Dear friends,

We are approaching the end of this semester with Thanksgiving holidays around the corner. Although Thanksgiving is an American tradition; yet, every year we have had a part in tasting the delicious turkey in our potlucks! Thus, we are planning to have a potluck on the evening of Sunday, Nov the 19th. Please RSVP if you plan to attend so that we may know how many turkeys to prepare. Join us with your delicious side dishes, desserts, or main dishes. Even if you do not plan to cook for the night, you can join us with only paying a 10$ entree fee.
Hope to see you all,

Cheers,
ISA Officers

Docunight #43 [Penn State]: Boys With Broken Ears

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

Boys With Broken Ears

Directed by: Nima Shayeghi
2013 / 78 mins
Persian with English Subtitles
we will contact the director at the end of the documentary via Skype.


BOYS WITH BROKEN EARS is an intimate look at the hopes and struggles of a handful of young Iranian wrestlers as they prepare for the biggest event of their lives; the world championship in Europe. It’s a social tale set against the qualms of committing one’s life to a dream at a young age.

With unprecedented access to the national youth team, the film follows five characters from impoverished background as they journey through the most challenging year of the lives, examining their beliefs and aspirations along the way.

Wrestling is a very popular sport in Iran with historical roots in the country’s religion and mythology. It is like football for the Brazilians or boxing for the Cubans. Iran has consistently produced outstanding world champions that have gone on to win gold and silver at the Olympics despite very little financial support from the government. However, almost all wrestlers come from the slums and poverty-stricken districts and wrestling have provided a very slim chance to make something of their lives. As a result two million youngsters try to make it to the national youth team every year, but only a handful do, most of whom find themselves in an uncompromising situation of having to hold down jobs to help their families survive while also spending all their time training to keep their dreams alive.

Caught in this crossroads between a sport they love and the realities of their harsh circumstances they soon realise that even with a gold medal their lives will hardly change, and this dream is a luxury that they cannot afford.

The film at its core is a human story, but it is loaded with themes of social identity in Iran and the confrontation of traditional and modern values. All this is set against each character’s decision whether to continue pursuing this love or not.

 

Mohsen Namjoo & Ensemble: Live in State College

Location: Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Penn State University 
Data & Time: Saturday, November 11 at 7 PM – 9:15 PM

Iranian Student Association proudly announces the great concert starring Mohsen Namjoo in State College. This concert will be held at Worship Hall in Spiritual Center at Penn State University on Saturday, November 11 from 7pm to 9:15pm. Let’s enjoy his stunning performance here in State College.

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***Important Notice***
we will be selling tickets at the Hub-Robeson Center, information table #3 (next to Starbucks) at Penn State University during the following dates and times:

Monday, October 30, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Three types of tickets are available for purchase:

Penn State Students: $15
Penn State Faculty/Staff: $20
General Public (and other universities’ students): $25

If you do not live in State College and you do not have a friend to buy a ticket for you, please contact us via email: psu.isa@gmail.com, title: Ticket for Namjoo Concert
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About:
Mohsen Namjoo is an Iranian artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by the New York Times, Namjoo is a visionary artist. He seamlessly blends the Classical Persian setar with electric guitar, rock, and blues vocal techniques with Persian Avaz (singing), he fuses the ancient with the current.

Kaveh Karandish, Live in Concert


Date/Time: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 6-8 PM

Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 205 S Garner St.

Dear all,

Iranian Students Association (ISA) at Penn State proudly presents Kaveh Karandish’s live concert in State College. Iranian pianist, composer and recording artist Kaveh Karandish will be performing for the first time in PA. He will be accompanied by vocalist and Oud player Mazy Karandish and world music master Eric Zang from Arizona. Kaveh’s music is a unique blend of Persian, Jazz, Sewage & World music and he is excited to share some of his brand new music from his new CD “Silent Whispers” in State College on November 2nd, 2017.

This is a free concert. There will be a light reception as well. To read more about Kaveh please visit http://www.kavehpiano.com

Hope to see you all there,

ISA Officers

Docunight #42 [Penn State]: Iran’s Arrow

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, State College, Pennsylvania 16802

IRAN’S ARROW
The Rise and Fall of Paykan

Directed by: Shahin Armin, Sohrab Daryabandari
2016 / 78 min
Persian with English subtitles

On the spring of 1967, when the first Paykan rolled off the assembly line on an outskirt of Tehran, no one thought this car would be produced for 38 years, or that it could have such an impact on a whole nation.

Iran’s Arrow features numerous talking heads who share a common interest for the country’s emblematic car, ranging from historical to sociological analyses, from technical to artistic expertise and from sheer passion to a complicated love-hate relationship. The film uses rare archival footage, as well as a large collection of vintage photos and imagery, to document the history of Paykan, the way it’s been perceived throughout the years, and its links with Iran’s major historical and sociological landmarks, such as the White Revolution (1963), the industrialization, the rise of the middle class, the Islamic Revolution (1979), the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), and social economic mutations of the post-war era.

Older Paykan owners – including official and unofficial taxi drivers- testify of the fundamental role it played and still plays in their everyday life, as a means of transport, a source of income, and sometimes an achievement in itself. A number of Paykan enthusiasts, most of them from the younger generation, are being interviewed about their very special relationship with the car they grew up with. The film also documents the decline of the Paykan, while showing how it is still very much alive in the culture and memory of the country. Interviews are also conducted with artists who use Paykan as a medium or the subject of their art.

Shahin Armin is an automotive design-engineer and a lifelong Paykan expert. Born in Tehran and a car enthusiast before he could even talk or walk, he moved to the US in his twenties and worked in the US car industry for 13 years (Chrysler, Michigan and Honda America, Ohio).
Although he worked on the design of modern and sophisticated cars, he could never get the Paykan out of his head. In 2009 he started thePaykanHunter.com blog, thus initiating an extensive research about Iran’s emblematic car. Upon returning to Tehran in 2012, he co-curated two Paykan themed art exhibitions exhibiting work from prominent Iranian artists.
Iran’s Arrow is a result of his many years of extensive research into the history of this car, his experiences interacting with his fellow Paykan enthusiasts, and his comprehensive understanding of the car’s impact on Iranian society.

Sohrab Daryabandari is a Tehran based professional photographer and filmmaker whose 25 year-long careers has been stretching between almost all areas of expertise in analog and digital photography. His work has ranged from journalistic, commercial, and artistic to architectural and industrial photography, which later lead him to edit as well as industrial, artistic and documentary filmmaking.
His photographic work, which was regularly exhibited and published in Iran and Europe, has later been influencing his filmmaking, notably in Dammam (Iran, 2003) and Sharveh (Iran, 2005), his two documentaries on ethnic Iranian music.
Iran’s Arrow owes him its remarkable photography, the minute treatment of archive material, and its overall filmmaking and editing quality, considering the conditions of production and the limited resources.

ISA General Meeting

Date/time: Saturday, September 30 at 4 PM – 5 PM EDT
Location: 102 Leonhard Building

Dear all,

We will have our first general meeting on this coming Saturday. Please mark your calendar and try your best to attend the meeting, as we want to discuss our near future events including Yalda’s concert and Yalda night’s event. We would appreciate your valuable suggestions and feedbacks in the meeting. There will be free Pizza and refreshments as well!

Thanks and see you on Saturday,

ISA officers

Iranian Music Night at Webster’s Book Store & Cafe

Date/Time: Thursday, September 14 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: Webster’s book store & cafe

Dear ISA members, 

Iranian Student Association (ISA) is going to have Iranian Music Night event joint with the Webster’s Bookstore and Cafe in Webster’s. We will be more than happy to see you there sitting, working, and hanging out while listening to some Iranian songs and enjoying a small buffet of Iranian foods. Of course, our goal is not music nor food, it’s only being together which seems amazing. So please join us.
Webster’s is providing all stuff and it would be free to the public but all of us can donate to thank Webster’s for helping us to be together and to enjoy our time.

 

Cheers!

ISA Officers

(photo credit: Sadra Tehrani)

 

New Semester Picnic and BBQ

Dear New and Current ISA Members

It is time to gather around and meet the new Iranian friends joining Penn State! So join us for this year’s new semester picnic with BBQ, beach volleyball, jet skies, kayaks, canoes, pontoons, fishing…also snack, watermelons and a lot of more fun stuff with ISA friends.
This picnic will be at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pavilion 003. For those of you who have never been to Prince Gallitzin lake area I must say it is just awesome!! Literally, there are no water recreation sports you cannot find there! It is fairly close by…just an hour drive down I99. Don’t miss it!!
We will set out to the lake at 9 from IST parking lot on the west side of campus. So if you are looking for a ride, be there by 9.
The event is 10$ per person and free for active members, as usual. CASH or CHECKS ONLY! So bring cash! No popmoney, paypal, credit cards…
For becoming an active member for a year, all you have to do is to pay the 20$ membership fee at the event…BY CASH or CHECKS!!

Cheers!

ISA Officers

Date/Time: Saturday, August 19 at 9 AM – 7 PM
Location: Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pavillion 003

Docunight #40: Scenes from a Divorce

Directed by Shirin Barghnavard & Mohammad Reza Jahanpanah
2016 / 73 min
Persian with English Subtitles

Awarded the best documentary film in the 4rth Afghanistan International Women Film Festival, 2016 Nominated best directing and best producing of a documentary film in 18th Celebration of the Documentary Film, Tehran, 2016 Official Selection in 13th IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival, Delhi, India, 2016 Official Selection in 4th Iranian Film Festival in Germany, Cologne, 2017 A young Iranian couple gets divorced after eight years of marriage. But they decide to continue living together in the same apartment to hide the news from the wife’s religious parents who won’t tolerate the idea. As time passes, keeping the parents in the dark becomes more challenging, as they happen to live one floor above this divorced couple in the very same building. After a year, the couple realizes things can no longer continue like this. They still keep their divorce a secret, however, as revealing the truth might entail something worse.

Date/Time: Aug 2, 7 PM – 9 PM
Location: 102 Chemistry Bldg, University Park, PA 16802-4615, United States

Summer Picnic!

As the new executive board is now in place, let’s have our first event a summer picnic with BBQ chicken, swimming, hiking, kayaks, canoes, beach volleyball, card games and much more fun stuff! It is going to be on last Saturday in July (July 29th) in Black Moshannon State Park Pavillion 4.
We will head out to from IST parking lot at 10 sharp, so if you are looking for a ride or you can give rides, please be at the lot by 10.

Don’t hesitate to bring your friends too, It will be fun! The event will be free for active members and 10$ for others. So bring cash or checks only. No credit cards possible. We strongly encourage you to become active members for the new year starting in this event by just paying the 20$ membership fee and use the many benefits for active members in such events throughout the year. CASH OR CHECKS ONLY!
Let’s see ya’ll there!

Cheers!

ISA Officers

Date/Time: Saturday, July 29 at 11 AM – 5 PM
Location: Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania 16866

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