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Persian Heritage Foundation supporting Homa Films


Persian Heritage Foundation (PHF) has lent its support to Homa Films for our upcoming documentary Art, Beauty, Music, and God - The Story of Nasta’liq (working title), which is currently in production. Established in 1983, PHF is committed to supporting and promoting appreciation of all aspects of the Persianate world. Their generous donation will further enable us to share the story of nasta'liq, and the ways in which it transcends syllabary by encompassing both information and art.
 

'Of Kings and Paintings' in Theaters


The Qajar art film 'Of Kings and Paintings' will be distributed theatrically through TheatreHD, which has made the arts accessible by bringing the best ballet, opera, and theater productions and fine art films for the past ten years. Through their ArtInCinemas project, they will provide both television broadcasting and theater screening throughout Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Moldova, and Kyrgyzstan. Additionally, the film will be made available worldwide as video on demand (VOD).
 

Spring Updates


Spring is now in full swing, and we have some news: "Of Kings and Paintings" is now available to view on six new streaming services! Experience the captivating art of Iran's Qajar Dynasty with our documentary, lauded by Video Librarian as "outstanding," from the following video-on-demand platforms:
Stash TV: Stash TV is building the world’s largest catalog of free movies and TV. There is something for everybody on our YouTube channel.
Hoopla: Hoopla is the digital service of Midwest Tape. Their service allows public libraries access to digital content across North America.
Popsy on Plex: Popsy is a video-on-demand service on Plex.
Mometu: A streaming channel where storytelling breaks free.
Xumo: A linear and on-demand video streaming service that is owned by Comcast.
Vimeo: Vimeo is the world's most innovative video experience platform, enabling users to create high-quality video experiences.
The film is also still available to stream on Amazon Prime Video, Tubi, Docunight, and Alexander Street.
 
 

AIIrS support for Art, Beauty, Music and God – The Story of Nasta'liq

"Art, Beauty, Music and God – The Story of Nasta'liq" (working title) has received support from the American Institute of Iranian Studies (AIIrS). Established in 1967, AIIrS is a nonprofit consortium of American universities and museums recognized as the primary conduit for promoting academic and cultural exchange between Iran and the US. It is also the only organization in the US currently dedicated to funding research in Iranian studies. We are excited to partner with AIIrS and continue sharing the cultural riches of Iran and the Persianate world.

Learn more about the film and our crew members at nastaliqthefilm.com.

 

Of Kings and Paintings has been picked up by Alexander Street

Homa Films' Qajar art documentary Of Kings and Paintings (dir. Sara Nodjoumi) has been picked up by Alexander Street, a ProQuest company known as the preeminent academic video online distributor in the world. The film is also available for personal streaming on Tubi, as well as the Kiarostami Foundation's on-demand platform Docunight.

 

Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia, screens "Of Kings and Paintings"

The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia, screens Homa Films' Qajar art documentary "Of Kings and Paintings" (dir. Sara Nodjoumi). The screening is presented as part of the museum's Iranzamin exhibition, its first-ever survey of traditional Persian artifacts and examination of Persia's historically significant artistic influence around the globe. The screening takes place at the museum's art deco theater Kings Cinema. Learn more at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences' official website.

 

"Excellent": Educational Media Reviews Online

Educational Media Reviews Online (EMRO), a prominent open access database of critical media reviews, shares a thorough recommendation of Homa Film's latest documentary "Of Kings and Paintings" (dir. Sara Nodjoumi):

This video is an excellent introduction to Qajar art. There are voluminous examples of work shown, both in full and in close-up detail. The commentary is informative, without being too technical or overly scholarly.

Read the full review on EMRO.

 

"Outstanding": Video Librarian Reviews Of Kings and Paintings

Video Librarian, renowned as the number one resource for discovering films for libraries and classrooms, offers a "strong" recommendation for Homa Films' most recent film Of Kings and Paintings (dir. Sara Nodjoumi):

"An outstanding documentary that lavishly and informatively explores the evolution of palace art during Iran's Qajar Dynasty (1785-1925), "Of Kings and Paintings" puts things in an interesting historical context right from the start. Showing a 19th century map in which Iran, known at the time as Persia, is clearly squeezed between Russia and British-occupied India, the film underscores the importance of Persia sending signals that foreign occupiers and would-be colonizers should think twice about invading."
 

Read the full review on Video Librarian's official site.
 


The Met Presents Virtual "Of Kings and Paintings" Screening and Q&A


On November 12, 2020, the Department of Islamic Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art presented a virtual screening of Homa Films' documentary Of Kings and Paintings. The screening took place as part of the Department of Islamic Art's "Islamic Art in Solitude" series, and shared with viewers the "lavish history of the extraordinary art" of the Qajar era:

In interviews with history and art experts in the field, the film explores this remarkable era in Iranian history that straddled tradition and modernity.

The screening was followed by a well-attended live Zoom Q&A with Professor Abbas Amanat (William Graham Sumner Professor of History: Director, Yale Program in Iranian Studies), Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar (curator, Islamic art), Dr. Layla Diba (independent scholar and Qajar Expert), Sara Nodjoumi (director), and Mehran Haghighi (producer). Watch the recording on The Met's Department of Islamic Art's page for the panel's insightful documentary commentary.


Of Kings and Paintings at the Iranian Film Festival


We are delighted to announce that Of Kings and Paintings (directed by Sara Nodjoumi) is an official selection of Iranian Film Festival (IFF) - San Francisco, running from Saturday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 20! Established in 2008, IFF annually showcases independent short and feature films to support Iranian cinema and culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Stay tuned for more information about the 13th edition!


 

Homa Films Designer Sara Natelli Wins 2020 Indigo Design Awards


We are thrilled to announce that Sara Natelli, design director of Sara Natelli Design Boutique, was named the recipient of two 2020 Indigo Design Awards for her work on Homa Films’ logo and brand identity.

Established in 2018, the Indigo Design Awards annually recognize excellence in digital design from independent designers and creative agencies from around the globe. For her design work for Homa Films, Natelli earned two awards in the Design for Social Change category: a Bronze Award in Logos and a Bronze Award in Branding.

Natelli’s rendition of the mythical Homa bird is amplified by simplistic yet striking linework. Of her design, the Indigo Design Awards noted:

“Multiple ideas were explored to represent a calligraphic style and a color palette distinctly connected to deeply rooted traditions and cultural elements such as pomegranates, lapis lazuli, and the rich blues of the Caspian Sea.”

​Check out the full list of 2020 Indigo Design Award recipients here.

​Of Kings and Paintings: Screening at Yale University


​On Dec. 3, 2019, Homa Films’ Qajar art documentary Of Kings and Paintings screened at The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. Directed by Sara Nodjoumi, the documentary has been lauded as a “valuable contribution to pedagogy through its analysis by the most influential historians and art historians of Qajar Iran.”

The screening was followed by a Q&A session by producer Mehran Haghighi and Dr. Abbas Amanat, a professor of history at Yale and one of the experts interviewed in the film.

Of Kings and Paintings, which has since been widely released, offers a chronological view of the Qajar Dynasty as it glimpses into the forces within and beyond its rulers’ courts. The film further explores the factors informing the artwork of the era by taking a magnifying glass to specific painters and paintings, many of which were previously inaccessible to the public. Iranian art scholar and independent curator Dr. Layla S. Diba, as well as The Metropolitan Museum of Art Curator Dr. Maryam Ekhtiar, also provide expert insight throughout the film.

Learn more about the documentary at the official Of Kings and Paintings site