Enemy of the State

This Is Not a Film is a stirring act of mundane defiance.

Movie Reviews & Stories
This Is Not a Film opens with Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi alone at his breakfast table, spreading jam on flatbread and talking to a friend over speakerphone. “I’m stuck in a problem,” he    More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Messages from Tehran: Read the Emails

As fresh reports of violence continue to come out of Iran, we direct you to our story this week featuring messages from two former Portlanders living through the crisis in Tehran. To expand on that report, we're publishing below nearly all of the emails we received from one of those women. Both were granted anonymity in the story to ensure their safety. The messages have been lightly edited, ...   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

The Local Fallout From The Iran Crisis

There's a large group of Portlanders following the turmoil in Iran with more interest than most. On Friday night, between 250 and 300 people from the local Iranian community gathered outside Portland State University's Millar library for a vigil to show solidarity with the people of Iran. Hada Pischvaie, one of the vigil's organizers, said the event was a way for many in the local community ...   More
Sunday, June 21, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Local Iranian-Americans Plan Rally Friday Night in Portland

A group of local Iranian-Americans has announced a rally in Portland this Friday keyed to the ongoing demonstrations in Iran challenging presidential election results. The June 19 rally starts at 7 p.m. in front of the Portland State University Library on South Park Blocks, according to an announcement (PDF) released today. The organizers request no "flags, political party affiliations or offensive ...   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Why This Saturday's Iranian Festival Will Steer Clear of Politics

The local Iranian community's 10th annual Iranian Festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday on the Park Blocks at Portland State University. And while there's certainly a lot of concern among the estimated 10,000 Iranian-Americans over the electoral turmoil in Iran, festival organizers say political activity is not planned for the event this Saturday. "The festival is totally ...   More
Monday, July 27, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Portland One of 50 Cities Worldwide To Hold Rally This Weekend For Iranian People

The local Iranian community plans to rally again in solidarity with the Iranian people during a "global day of action" planned for 1 pm this Saturday July 25 in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Participants will link arms across Pioneer Courthouse Square to form a human chain — a demonstration that rally organizer Goudarz Eghtedari says is to show support for the "Green Movement" in Iran. The ...   More
Monday, July 20, 2009 Katie Litvin


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