Iran

VIFF's "Turbulence" highlights the emotional toll of war on Kurdish survivors

A young Kurdish Iranian woman's harrowing descent into Vancouver's drug scene shows the difficulties of rehabilitating after a war.

I Am Nasrine is a great rendition of a common theme

At times the film has remarkable subtlety, and at others, it is in-your-face emotional.

Republicans and Iranian government in heated idiot contest over women's and animal rights

Well, folks, it is officially heating up. And I’m not referring to this non-event of a winter we’ve had. The race for dumbest jerk on the planet is in full swing, with Republicans and the Iranian...

Jian Gomeshi's 1982 memoir an ode to Bowie

Jian Ghomeshi didn’t just want to write a book about himself. Instead, he wrote a book about himself wanting to be David Bowie. He wrote about himself wanting to be David Bowie and having a crush on...

Iran’s tech ecosystem struggles to catch up to Persian diaspora startups

A casualty of emigration out of Iran, or brain drain?

#FreeKhazali: twitter activists celebrate Iranian dissident Mehdi Khazali's release after hunger strike

Iranian blogger and activist Mehdi Khazali is still weak from his 71-day hunger strike against state repression in Iran, but has been freed thanks to international pressure on social media.

Rethinking international affairs: A call for a multidisciplinary approach

Troubled times call for creative thinking. And 2012 will be no exception.

Canada imposes sanctions on five Iranian nationals

On Tuesday, Canada followed suit with Britain and the U.S. in imposing sanctions on five Iranian nationals accused of planning to kill U.S. - Saudi ambassador, Adel al-Jubeir. Iranian President,...

A few more recommended films for VIFF’s last three days, Wed., Thurs. and Fri.

The Kid With a Bike brings a deeply affecting finale to the 30th anniversary VIFF

Honeybees, Almonds and Freedom

What is freedom? For bees? For almonds? For us? This little tale illustrates it all…