Community & Heritage

  • Letter of Solidarity Standing with NIAC January 17, 2020
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    The National Iranian American Council (NIAC), and its sister organization NIAC Action, are American civil-society organizations working on behalf of members of the Iranian-American community and the broader American public. At a time when our nation is bitterly divided, NIAC is an important voice in our public debate on issues ...
  • NIAC’s 2019 Reflections December 30, 2019
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    End of year message from NIAC President, Jamal Abdi: I could not be more proud to be part of the organization that is fighting in the trenches every single day to advance the interests and protect the rights of the Iranian-American community and our allies that support peace, civil rights, ...
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Profile of Tina Gharavi December 27, 2019
    Assal Rad
    Though born in Iran, the term world citizen is fitting for filmmaker Tina Gharavi. She left Iran at age six before the ramifications of the revolution had transformed the country. Gharavi left her homeland and her mother to live with her father.
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Profile of Gobi Rahimi December 20, 2019
    Assal Rad
    Iranian-American director, Gobi Rahimi, immigrated to the United States at a particularly difficult time to be of Iranian heritage in America. Moving to the States shortly after Iranian students seized the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979, Rahimi was exposed quickly to the challenges of a hyphenated identity often marked ...
  • NIAC Panel at University of Denver on Trump’s Middle East Policy December 20, 2019
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    On December 11, NIAC’s Colorado chapter held its first ever public event, a panel discussion at the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies that examined Trump’s Middle East foreign policy.
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Profile of Soudabeh Moradian December 13, 2019
    Assal Rad
    An Iranian-American immigrant, Soudabeh Moradian spent most of her life in Iran where she went to school to study cinema at the University of Tehran. She immigrated to the United States in 2009, bringing with her years of experience working on films.
  • NIAC Congressional Fellow Ethan Azad is Fighting for Rep. Rashida Tlaib December 13, 2019
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    “Get involved,” encouraged Ethan Azad – the National Iranian American Council’s Ali Youssefi Congressional Fellow – “and don’t wait for people to make the changes that you want to see in the world happen because there’s less of those people than you’d expect.” Ethan is currently working in the office of ...
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Profile of Caveh Zahedi December 6, 2019
    David Minai
    Born and raised in the United States, Caveh Zahedi is an Iranian-American filmmaker that found his inspiration in films as an outlet for his political interests and artistic expression.
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Finding Farideh – A Search for Home December 6, 2019
    Assal Rad
    Sitting in a small theater in Southern California, I watched the Iranian documentary film, Finding Farideh, amongst a theater full of fellow Iranian Americans.
  • #IAFilmmakers Series: Celebrating Iranian-American Filmmakers December 6, 2019
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    Films are a universal medium, a way to communicate across groups, barriers, and borders. They are simultaneously an expression of an individual person and a collective group. Though set in different places and spoken in different languages, films have the power to captivate and connect people in moving ways.
  • #ICYMI: NIAC’s Annual Ruby Gala in New York October 3, 2019
    Mana Mostatabi
    On September 26th, NIAC took New York by storm to host the organization’s annual Ruby Gala. From a diverse array of inspiring speakers to a lively cocktail hour, the evening brought together our dearest friends and our most valuable partners to celebrate the Iranian-American community’s successes over the past year.  ...
  • #ICYMI: NIAC’s Annual Sapphire Gala in Los Angeles October 3, 2019
    Mana Mostatabi
    On September 21st, NIAC was pleased to host its annual Sapphire Gala in Los Angeles. The evening was marked by an outstanding group of NIAC friends and allies, exceptional speakers, food and entertainment, and, of course, some laughter and levity, thanks to our master of ceremony, Iranian-American comedian K-von. 
  • Transcending Borders: Talking Art & Identity with Kour Pour October 1, 2019
    Assal Rad
    Some of the most renowned and celebrated figures in Iran’s vast history are artists and poets. Like many diaspora groups, Iranian Americans often preserve their culture and identity through art and literature.
  • On Being Iranian-American & Pride Month June 20, 2019
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    Pride. For countless Iranian-Americans, a hyphenated identity can be a great source of pride, an appreciation of the opportunities afforded to them in the land they live in while simultaneously a reminder of the deep cultural heritage of the land from which they came. However, that pride becomes complicated when ...
  • Norooz Pirooz! March 20, 2019
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    Norooz Pirooz! From our NIAC family to yours, we wish you and your loved ones a prosperous, light-filled new year.