"It is so wonderful to see the Persian community
come together to honor and acknowledge the artist,
because we have had and have some truly
extraordinary talented artists. It is very
empowering and encouraging to see the
achievements of my peers."|
Carla Sabah, Actor (CA/USA)
"I'm happy that an award ceremony exists to
recognize some of the best international talent
from the Iranian community. In a time when Iranians
and Middle Easterners are not shown favorably in the
world media, it is important for the community
to stand up and show ourselves in a positive light.
The Golden Lioness achieves this and it gives me joy
to see them recognize two of our best,
Omid Djalili and Shohreh Aghdashloo."
"The Persian Golden Lioness Award is an honorable
recognition by a community that I proudly represent
as an actor. It is inspiring to see well deserved artists
being awarded for their outstanding work."
Parisa Defaie, Actor (LA/USA)
"It is so very refreshing that organizations
such as yours (Persian Golden Lioness Awards)
exist and that so many Iranians are distinguishing
themselves internationally today. I believe that we all
have a great responsibility to bring forth to the world the
'Other Side', past and present, of the Iranian people
and of the Iranian nation to the world.
We must do this for today and for tomorrow."
"With a culture obsessed with having their children raised as
doctors, lawyers and engineers, it is great to finally see an awards
ceremony set up to recognize the incredible artistic talent
that Iranians are sharing with the rest of the world.
I am sure this will inspire the generation of
youth ahead to entertain the thought of
careers in music, film ,literature
and the fine arts."
"We are so grateful there is an occasion that
highlights and honors the brilliance of Iranian
cinema, and the incredibly talented Persian artists.
The poetry and magic of Iranian Cinema is able to
transcend multitudes of barriers, and define the
beauty of humanity. If ever there was a time for
these kind of films, it would be now."
Shiva Rose DcDermott, Actor (LA/USA)
"The work of diaspora writers, artists and actors has
done much to present a positive image of Iran and its
culture in the eyes of the West.
The work of these diaspora artists is a testament
to their ingenuity, creativity, and talent.
It's wonderful that the Persian Golden Lioness Awards
have been created to acknowledge this work and
to recognize the beauty and uniqueness
of this art and these artists."
Prof Persis Karim,PhD - Writer (Berkeley/USA)
"I am sincerely proud of the talented Iranian artists
recognized by The Persian Golden Lioness Award.
Through their amazing work they classify
beauty and grace, and this is just the beginning of
celebration for their hard work and success.
Such artists bring inspiration, hope, and courage
to the Persian community."
Sareh Khajehnouri, Artist
(Washington D.C./ USA)
"As a first time author and as an Iranian living abroad with
genuine interest in the Persian arts, I am delighted to
know that organizations such as
The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media
exist to celebrate the artists
who continue to contribute to our heritage.
The Persian Golden Lioness Award is a brilliant
way to salute Iranian artists worldwide."
Dr. Afshineh Latifi, Author/Attorney (NY/USA)
"I very much appreciate your initiative of connecting worldwide
Persian Artists through the
Persian Golden Lioness Awards.
Even though I unfortunally don't have the opportunitiy
to be in Persia I've got much feelings, emotions|
and history background from my mother. I think that it is important to live the SPIRIT of a country, the mentality, the soul - no matter where you are home is in our hearts- and that's the place where we all have to meet, it's our emotions that unite and reunite not only artists but all human beeings. Thank you for your strength, your believe and keep on! Best wishes"
Marjan Shaki, Actor (Austria)
"I'm happy to see that the Persian Golden Lioness Award
has made it to it's 2'nd year. I hope a lot more
will follow. These Days it's even more important to
keep an award like this alive.
My warm regards to everyone
who was, is and will be a part of this."
Navid Akhavan , Actor (Germany)
"The art and culture of Persia has been a
bridge between the East and the West.
Let it be so again with
the 2nd Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards.
To honor Vanessa Redgrave with this award
is doubly appropriate- she is a lioness, in her
devotion both to the mastery of her craft and
to the courage of her convictions."
The Getty Center (retired)/ The Directors Guild (retired)
"The Persian Golden Lioness Awards shines a bright
light on Persian Artists around the world.
We can find Persians in almost every field that
others can look at and respect. I'm proud that
we can unite as Persians and Persian-Americans
focused on one goal- with one voice for artists
of different fields and culture. Finally there is a system
within the Persian community that acknowledges
artists hard work and respectability."
"Honoring our artists is long past due. Hopefully the
Persian Golden Lioness Awards inspires our work
personally and our voices are heard globally.
Congratulations to Shohreh for all her achievements.
Congratulations to all the artists
who have chosen this path."
"The Persian Golden Lioness Awards and the people
involved in its inception and continuity in this Second
Year have achieved to unite the best of two worlds:
That of East and West. As a cosmopolitan actor
of Persian and Swedish Roots and working
Worldwide including in the US, it is comforting to
see an Award that acknowledges the talents
of yesterday and today."
"The Persian Golden Lioness Awards is a true encouragement
and boost for our community and also for putting us in
touch with the cultures of our host countries. Hungary is
a beautiful and highly cultured country and to see one
of my collegues Shahrok Moshkin Ghalam honored in category
of Dramatic Arts makes me very happy and proud. We are
currently touring the US and Canada with a common play
Kafaneh Siah and we are proud to be the Ambassadors of
WAALM in both Europe and North America and look forward to
seeing you all in Budapest this October."
"Congratulations to all at The Persian Golden Lioness awards on year
two, and for recognising the talents of those in all the arts, who
with their hard work and skills, have the power to illuminate the
beauty and importance of the rich Persian history and culture, its
architecture, literature, music, performance and art to our youth and
the rest of the world."
"Thank you for taking the initiative to create an award ceremony
honoring the talented individuals in our community.
It's time for us Persians to showcase our talent
on the world stage. I look forward to your success."
And part of cast of Award Winning Paul Haggis film CRASH for BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR, BEST MOVIE EDITING AND ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY at OSCARS 2006
"Iran has been a world center of culture for centuries.
The Golden Lioness Award honors those Iranians
who have kept this magnificent artistic heritage
moving into the future. Hafez' words echo my own
feelings toward these worthy Persian artists:
Film director/school superintendent (Arizona/USA)
"The Persian Golden Lioness Award presents the
strength and vitality of the Iranian community
in areas not traditionally celebrated or taken
seriously. As a female artist and activist, I am
particularly proud to see that this year's awards
go to two amazing women (Mrs. Azar Nafisi, Mrs.
Shohreh Aghdashloo) whose artistic work has
introduced the cultural side of
Iran to the rest of the world."
"No matter how far my journey takes me, Iran is always
with me, in my heart and soul. Thank you, Persian Golden
Lioness Awards, for shining the spotlight on these gifted
and hard-working artists so the world can see the beauty
that Iran has to offer.
Congratulations to all of you!"
"The Persian Golden Lioness Award is indeed an
honorable effort to recognize the worthy endeavors of
the Persian women in the fields of literature, arts,
music and film industry. The very well - chosen
personalities of this year's award would be, by all
means, the testimony to the future success of
"The creation of the Persian Golden Lioness Awards
for honouring achievements of Iranian artists and
writers is a source of joy for all the lovers of the
Cheers to those who initiated this award."
"The Iranian Diaspora represents one of the most talented,
most accomplished communities in the world.
The Persian Golden Lioness Awards is a timely
reminder of the continuing contribution of Iranians
in the field of art, literature, and the media."
"In a world increasingly devastated by war, religious
extremism and greed, The World Academy of Arts,
Literature and Media is a beacon of light shining
upon the very people who hold the promise of relief
for our ailing world. Indeed, the arts may be humanity’s
last hope for creating empathy–that is, understanding
without necessarily agreeing. It is only through empathy
that we as a people can hope to live in peace.
The Persian Golden Lioness Awards
honor Iranian artists at the forefront of their craft—artists
making a difference in a world that is in dire need of
awakening to understanding and ultimately, empathy."
"These awards represent the best of Persian culture.
They bring people together at a time when so many
forces conspire to pull us apart. Through the celebration
of creative passion, talent and commitment to quality,
we can grow lasting bonds that will transform the world."
"It is wonderful that the Persian Golden Lioness is
celebrating and honoring the exemplary talents who have put
'Iranian' in a positive light and dedicated themselves
to the interests of Iran and Iranians irrespective of
their professions, religious beliefs, ethnic affiliations,
and political orientations. These accomplished Iranians,
whether in the arts, literature, journalism, or science,
have distinguished themselves against all kinds
of odds in not-so-friendly foreign environments.
Let's hope that their recognition inspires a new
generation of Iranians abroad to work harder
for pride and prosperity of their ancestral land."
"What a great thing, The Persian Golden Lioness Awards.
To recognize the the eclectic talent which stems from the
Persian community as well as the Middle East is something
I am very excited and inspired about. In the unfortunate
political climate we live in today, we must take the opportunity
to encourage and showcase, Persian talents, internationally."
"It is so enlightening to witness such efforts as, 'The Golden
Lioness Awards' acknowledging the achievements of Iranians in
all walks of life. As a media journalist I hope we realize the
importance of the media to enhance such activities. We must
encourage a respectable, efficient Iranian television network
in this country and support those who can make a difference for
letting our voices to be heard."
Accent Productions, Inc. Washington, DC
"Persian culture is still a mixture of different influences and
currents and this is worth to assist and make it better known all
over the world. Golden Lioness Awards are an important contribution,
to support this target. Because of these Awards, Artist, who initiate
for Persian culture, will find the attention, they deserve. For me
and probably many other Persians, Persian culture is part of my
home, I carry in my heart."
"In this turbulent time for Iran's art in which the memory of the
past artists and freedom of the young artists is constantly oppressed
in the hands of the rulers in our homeland, it is heartening that The
World Academy of Arts, Literature, and Media is working hard to keep
the memories of the pioneer artists and founders of Iranian theater,
film, and television alive while providing support and hope for the
young Iranian artists today. I wish for WAALM's continued success
and hope that Iranian art continues to grow and develop among its Diaspora."
"I am delighted to hear of an organization that is
formally recognizing the art of the Iranian diaspora. We have
such a rich history, and have always been a civilization that has
excelled in the arts---Thanks to the Persian Golden Lioness
Awards for reminding us of those who are carrying on
the torch. Congratulations to all the honorees, and
especially to my friend Shahrokh!"
"At this time that the culture of misery and bleak hopelessness is
damaging our beloved motherland's image all over the world,
celebrating the beauties of our culture and the amazing talent and
achievement of our people is indeed so wonderful and a soothing
breath of fresh air.
I congratulate you on this great effort which recognizes the hard won achievements of our exceptionally talented and gifted people as well as exposing the positive side of our rich heritage in literature, music, and art to the world. Best wishes and thank you."
"Golden Lioness? What a nice name for this academy awards. Specially
for us, women whose gender has been always considered as a multiple
crime despite of our creativity and insights into the world's culture
and more importantly our beloved country Iran - the land where
civilization expanded and first human rights were born. My best wishes
to the founders of this cultural organisation and in the hope that
such organisations get established more in this world with no culture."
"The only International language is Arts, and
I am very proud to see so many talented Iranian Artists all around the world.
It is an honour for me to see you have started The Persian Golden Lioness Awards.
it keeps Iranian Artists live forever."
Mahasti Kamdar, Violinist (Germany)
"It is very interesting that the Iranians around the world
try hard to show themselves as normal human beings! In these
days I am wonder how we can show that there is no diference
between the people of the Middle East and the people from
other parts of the world. I think your work on supporting
the Iranian artists is one of the best ways of showing our
dignity and our rich culture."
"It makes me proud to see Iranians being more successful in Showbusiness and
with support of the Persian Golden Lioness Awards Organization we can all
shine more together and represent Global."
Farzan Athari, International Model
"In a time were in politics the East is shifting away from the West
and the dialogue has halted because of a lack of common understanding.
It is the art which is the bridge between the cultures and remind
people on the basic needs and rights. Hence I say thank you to this
organization which supports and encourages artists to pursue their
stony way to bring their message across. And so help to plant
the seed of a common understanding."
Zohreh Jooya, Vocalist Artist
"I am very glad and proud to hear about the Persian Golden Lioness
Awards.This award is a great opportunity to establish and support
a community of Persian Artists worldwide. It's also a motivation and
inspiration especially for the younger and gifted artists.
I'm looking forward to the next years."
"On this beautiful occasion of the Second Annual Persian Golden Lionness
Awards, my warmest congratulations to the esteemed awardees and all my
appreciation for their light and talent. Also my great thanks to all involved
in organizing this event for honoring the arts at this brilliant level and at this
May the dreams we dream for ourselves and carry forth in our art be wonderful
candles that guide us at all times, in the lightness and in the dark."
"An artist's life can be extremely lonely and frustrating, and so any
kind of encouragement is of great value. I think awards are silly, but
I support any organization whose goal is to promote artists & writers,
and encourage among them a much-needed sense of community."
Ramin Serry, Film Director
"I salute you for recognizing the power that art and literature have in shaping
a better tomorrow. Thank you, WAALM, for providing Persian artists with
a collective voice. Together we will unite cultures and precipitate change."
Nazanin Boniadi - Actress (LA, USA)
"As a Canadian/Persian Artist...I draw on my culture and heritage for every role
I approach...being Iranian has made me the artist I am today...As Stanislavsky
would say the person you are is a thousand times more interesting that the best
actor you could ever hope to be...I am proud to see the Persian community come
together to celebrate and honor our culture at a time when the world seems to
frown upon us...perhaps it is time we showed them how truly gifted we are."
"It is my hope that this award, and the changing times it hails, will raise awareness
within our community and provide more opportunities for future generations of Persian artists."
David Ackert, Actor (Los Angeles, CA)
"Kudos to the Persian Golden Lioness Awards and the gifted Persian
artists to whom they pay homage!"
Minoo Javan, Singer/Attorney (LA/USA)
"My Salutations to WAALM for celebrating the power of art and uniting the
Iranian artists.My warm congradulations and heartfelt appreciation to the highly talented
awardees.May we all be successful in presenting our rich Persian culture and promoting
the beauty of life, peace, freedom and human values through the medium of
Raeeka Shehabi-Yaghmai, Mezzo Soprano
"For so many years Iranian filmmakers have been producing films that have won
the most prestigious award at festivals in the world including Cannes...I am
so happy as an Iranian actor to see films represent what's best about our
people and culture; love for the humanity in people and the ability for
people to transcend culture and race and share what is dignified in the
human spirit for all peoples of the world..that is why I am so proud of
Iranian film making and I am so proud that the Persian Golden Lioness Awards acknowledges
what's best in our culture."
Anthony Azizi, Actor, USA
"As a film Veteran who has taken part as crew on some of the most important
Persian co-productions with Western film companies it is heartwarming that
thanks to the endeavors of WAALM's Founders and Staff, the Persian Golden
Lioness Awards acknowledges once again our cosmopolitan Persian Talents of
Today who are now carrying the Flame of Persian Culture and Arts and share
it on an international level . All the Best to the Awardees and particularly
my friend Mrs. Shohreh Aghdashloo."
Dariush Radpour, Documentary Film maker/Cartoonist/Photographer/Artist
"Artistic expression is about dedication, commitment
and freedom. The Persian Golden Lioness Awards
puts the spot light on those who dedicated their lives,
desperately looking for the beauty and often lost in the dark.
That's celebration of life and shines upon our rich culture.
Congratulations and thank you for your devotion."
Reza Derakshani, musician and visual artist
(New York- Tehran)
"I am happy there is an awards ceremony that celebrates the diversity
and divergent interests of the Iranian community. We are a diaspora that
continues to contribute to the worldwide community, and that should always
Robert Karimi, Writer/Performance artist
(San Francisco, CA USA)
"My warmest regards to The Persian Golden Lioness Awards. We find ourselves
at a very sad moment in human history, with many harsh words being spoken.
Reminding the world of the important international role played by Persian
artists for centuries, as well as today, is an important and needed undertaking."
Writer, Social Worker, "Lost City" project director (LA/USA)
"It's been a long road...but now, we are united in our diaspora. I am delighted
to learn of the initiative of the Persian Golden Lioness Awards to recognize
the efforts of the Persian Artist. May the road ahead be less challenging!"
MaryaM Toumrai, Vocalist / Creative Writer (Canada)
"Thank you to let 'Persian Golden Lioness award' happen, I think supporting the
arts is supporting the identity and in this case the 'Persian identity'."
Reza Najfar flutist and composer Vienna Austria
"I would like to thank the 'The Persian Golden Lioness' awards for
actively recognizing and honoring Persian artists and musicians some
whom have no other hope of being recognized for the amazing work of art
they create in this world.
Bringing people together to celebrate & appreciate culture, life and art
is a noble endeavor which bridges differences and unites people of
different beliefs and backgrounds in celebration of their history,
identity and culture.
May the Persian Golden Lioness award continue to shed light on the
magnificence & beauty of Persian works of art & their creators."
Shirzad Sharif, Persian Percussionist,
Producer & Musical Director
"As a non-Iranian poet who has been given the privilege of retranslating
some of the greatest works of classical Persian literature, I am honored
and humbled to have been asked to endorse the Persian Golden Lioness Awards.
In a world increasingly divided along sectarian lines, it is more important
than ever that we acknowledge and celebrate the central role the arts can
play in forging a human community. The Persian Golden Lioness Awards is
such a celebration and, as such, is one building block of that community."
Richard Jeffrey Newman
"Cultures survive through the arts. Iranian culture is no exception -
as even Alexander 'The Great' did not succeed to burn the Glory of the
Arts and Sciences of Ancient Iran off the memory of History.
It is my greatest pleasure to see 'the Pesian Golden Award Program'
recognize and support the talented artists of our country throughout the World."
"Although the delicate roots of many expatriate Iranians, who either migrated by
choice or by compulsion, desiccated as a result of the pain and sorrow of enduring
the distance from their beloved homeland, quite a plenty of prodigies among them
who managed to take root in their adopted host countries have precociously blossomed.
I am delighted to see that the fragrance of these blossoming geniuses-in-exile is
being spread across the globe by The World Academy of Arts, Literature and Media."
Ziba Shirazi Poet, Singer, Songwriter and Writer
"It is wonderful to finally have a venue to acknowledge the Iranian Talents/Artists
internationally. After all Iran has been one of the oldest civilizations with fascinating
culture and history. Let us celebrate the true nature of this civilization and cheer
for her talented Artists."
Ali Saam (Actor)
"I am very glad to see you and some other intelligent souls providing and creating new paths for Iranians internationally. It is about time for all Iranian artists to get to know one another and cherish each others achievement no matter how Big or Small.
We should share and shape love for Iranian art and Iranian artists.
I hope you reach your glistening goals."
Alan Kushan (NY/USA)
"I am so elated to see the remarkable accomplishments our fellow Persians are offering
this world. With the Golden Lioness Award as a tool to recognize the gifted Persian's that
ARE around us everyday, our culture and people will shine, shine, shine!!!! We are too beautiful
and diverse a community not to be recognized!"
Sara Racey-Tabrizi (Model/Actress)
"Iran is one of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in the
world. Its people, landscapes, culture and art are the irrefutable
evidence of this claim. Together they make a constructive and
stimulating point of contact with all other countries. But in a world
dominated by economic and political interests, fuelling contrasts and
divisions, all of this has unfortunately been pushed into the background. That is why today promoting the cultural values and importance of Iran is a crucial task, also for the purposes of dialogue between peoples. In this context the WAALM plays a key role by highlighting and awarding prizes to leading Iranian cultural figures."
Riccardo Zipoli, Photographer and teacher of Persian Literature (Venice, Italy)
"By having this award program, the world comes to recognize and appreciate the
artists who dedicate their time and talent in the hope of making a difference in
the lives of others. From this event, communities can learn about artists who
associate themselves and their art with Iran and Iranian culture."
Negar Assari-Samimi, Conceptual Artist/Activist
"As an Irish/Iranian born in Ahvaz raised in England by an Iranian
mother and an Irish father - I have embraced and meet many cultures but never have
I faced such a warm and friendly and loving culture as the Persians - who
are always giving - wether it be advice, love, friendship, bowls of rice
and ghormeh sabzi - its enchanting to hear something postive being given
back to the persian community in the form of The Persian Golden Lioness Awards! Where
ever I am in the world - like for instance at the airport, I'll always use my
Irish passport but when ever meeting strangers I always use my Persian
Patrick Monahan, Stand Up Comedien (Ireland-UK)
"As an Iranian I am thrilled that finally there is a forum where artists can be
recognized for their great works and contributions....this will bring on the so many
necessary changes that are long over due in our community...finally, we are moving on!"
Mitra Rahbar, Singer
"To be Persian, to come from a land so steeped in beauty and passion brings with it
a duality that can often be elusive. Defining and celebrating some of our greatest
contributions to the world of arts can only help in illuminating our spirit as a people,
in turn perpetuating our stories, which need to be told, need to be heard. Here's to the
Persian Golden Lioness Awards for shining that light!"
Marsha Mehran, Novelist/Actor (NY/USA)
"As a young Iranian pursuing a career as a classical musician, I have always made it a goal
to share my passion and knowledge of my art form with the Iranian community. I commend the
Persian Golden Lioness Awards for recognizing the outstanding Iranians who have excelled and
made an impact in the arts internationally and within our own community. It is because of
these beacons that I too was influenced to pursue my dreams. I hope that I will too have
the same influence on the generations of Iranians to come."
Shaherezade Mowlavi, opera singer
"We must never doubt that the arts are essential to education, expression of thoughts, human progress,
communication, freedom, creativity, imagination, and engagement in life. I would like to take this
opportunity to commend the organizers of the Annual Persian Golden Lioness Awards for providing a
global platform for recognizing the contributions of dedicated Iranian artists and authors toward
enhancing and enriching the Persian culture and, indeed, the world."
Yahya Kamalipour, Professor and Head Department of Communication & Creative Arts (Purdue University Calumet, USA)
"With all of the negative press about Iran in the media lately, it's
wonderful to have such an award that realizes the artistic contributions of our talented community."
Dan Ahdoot, Comic/Actor/Writer
"I still live with the memory of colours of Iran and I try to preserve them in my works. I like
to congratulate you for gathering all these people in this page,that remind me of the colours
that I have missed so much."
Parima Shahin Moghaddam, Painter, Jeweller
"Persians have been making remarkable contributions to the arts and sciences since the dawn of
civilization! I am proud to support the Persian Golden Lioness Awards."
Amir Talai, actor
"As a second generation Iranian-American living here in the U.S., I
am so very happy that an event like the Persian Golden Lioness
Awards exists which allows us to recognize all of the talented
Iranian artists representing our culture. The arts are a very vital
part of our lives... and at times I feel we overlook the importance
of it. With organizations like this, we are able to honor talented
individuals which in turn inspires the younger generation to follow
their dreams and pursue their passions in this field."
Sepideh Danosian, OCPC Magazine, Editor-in-Chief
"It is written that music can tame the savage beast. Well, the arts have the power
to change a troubled world, as they are not mere words written on paper, images
caught on film, a canvas, or strummed on strings. They are expressions brought
to life by the hearts and minds of amazing individuals who speak a language which
transcends definition...one universal to all. Those involved with the Persian Golden
Lioness Awards not only recognize this, they celebrate it."
Ren A. Hakim, Author "Xerxes"
"Life without love and arts is a life not-worth-living.
I am so glad that there exist organizations like the Persian Golden Lioness
Award which honor and appreciate artists and their works. This can bring
the level of appreciations of arts to the same level as other more respected
professions in Persian community have."
"Film has the power not just to entertain but to educate, and, in recent
years, we have seen a surging trend in this very direction. Few subjects are as vital to today's viewing public as a sound an accurate
rendering of the Iranian story. That is why it is so refreshing to see an organization like The Persian Golden Lioness Awards finally recognize the Iranian storyteller."
Cyrus Kar, Writer & Director
of "In Search Of Cyrus The Great"