Posts Tagged ‘Penn State’

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.

***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:, title: Ticket for Namjoo Concert

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

Hope to see you all there,

ISA Officers

Noerooz 1396 Gala

Dear Fellow-Iranians and all other friends,

ISA is once again proud to present Noerooz celebrations:

Date: Sunday, April 2 at 6:30 PM – 11:59 PM
Location: HUB Alumni Hall, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802

As you must know, Noerooz is perhaps the most ancient Iranian tradition that celebrates the first day of Spring that is also the Iranian new year’s eve. Thus, the Noerooz Gala held every year by ISA at Penn State is not only the most prestigious event of the year, but it is one of the largest and most famous ones in the US. The night will include dance performances, traditional music performances, live concert by Faramarz Asef, Dj performances guaranteeing you the best times on the dance floor and of course delicious Iranian dishes, so come full of energy but hungry!

We will be selling tickets on the following occasions:

Wednesday, March 22nd, HUB-Robeson Center, table #6, 2:30-4:30 pm
Thursday, March 23rd, HUB-Robeson Center, table #4, 4-6 pm
Friday, March 24th, HUB-Robeson Center, table #6, 12-1 pm

Tickets are available with cash or checks. 30$ for students and 50$ for public. Credit/Debit cards are not possible. Please purchase your tickets with haste as they are liable to sell out quickly.

Let’s have a memorable evening together,

ISA officers

Know Your Rights: Immigration Law Information Session

The Iranian Student Association and the Coalition for Graduate Employees (CGE) are co-sponsoring an information session on immigration law with immigration attorney Craig Shagin.

The information session will start with a presentation outlining the revised travel ban and will end with a Q&A. We encourage attendees to bring both questions about the specifics of the travel ban as well as broader questions about the rights of international students and employees.

Penn State undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members are all invited to attend.

Date: March 24, Friday at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Location: 113 IST building

MAX AMINI @ Penn State

ISA is proud to have the popular and super comedian Max Amini here at Penn State again on March 18th. Get your tickets at Max’s website at “” before they are sold out!

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