Persian Student Society of De Anza College


Persian Zoroastrian Organization



 Proudly Present:


 Select of 2nd

 Zarathushti International Film Festival 

May 21-22, 2004

De Anza College, Cupertino 95014

Friday, May 21:    6:30-9:30       Forum 1
Saturday, May 22: 5:30-8:30 ATC 120

فيلمهاى انتخابي دومين 


سن حوزه ، کاليفرنيا 

آدينه 21 مى و شنبه22 مى 




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     Demonstrate our good Rituals, Traditions and Ceremonies and also our Heritage and History

     Encourage our community members to produce films/videos regarding our community and its issues

   Appreciate the achievements of those who have made efforts regarding items mentioned above (any school of thoughts or religion).

   Establish a base for a Universal Zarathushti Film/Video Archive





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Zarathushti International Film Festival (ZIFF)



History:                                                    :تاريخچه


ZIFF-1:                                 Houston Texas, Dec 2000

ZIFF-2:                             Vancouver, 25-28, Oct 2002

ZIFF-2:                        Select , LA, California, Feb 2003

ZIFF-2:                                    Select, Chicago, Oct 2003

ZIFF-2:                           Select , Tehran, Iran, Jan 2004

ZIFF-2:               Select, San Jose, California, May 2004


ZIFF-3:                                        Vancouver, Nov 2004


فيلم بسازيم Adopt a Film

Domain of Belief Zoroastranism

کتيبه زمان  Time Tablet

پر سور Cedar Branch



web site:


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ليست فيلمهائى که به نمايش در خواهند آمد 

List of films in each session/show


Film Name نام فيلم 





1st show  سئانس اول 

An Old House يک خانه قديمى 

05 B. Jehani


No Dialogue بدون کلام 

Norooz in Tajikestan -1 نوروز در تاجيکستان 


Z College, India


Tajik/Persian تاجيک/فارسي

Tabriz Museum موزه تبريز 


Dr. P. Islamidoost


Persian فارسي 

Fire on the Roof آتش پشت بام 


B.Jehani/Ms. Khosravaini


No Dialogue بدون کلام 

Always with Light هماره با نور 


Pedram Akbari


Persian فارسي 





 2nd Show سئانس دوم 

Hiromba هيرومبا


B. Jehani


No Dialogue بدون کلام 

The Old Man آن پير مرد


F. Demehri


Dari درى 

On Wings of Fire بر بالهاى آتش 


Cyrus Bharucha


English انگليسى 













Films in Alphabetical Order

For details of each film, click on the Film Title





Alleys of Memories

 None A. Jamshidi

کوچه هاى خاطره 


None Ardeshir Jamshidi


Always with Light

Persian Pedram Akbari

هماره با نور 

An Old House

 None B. Jahani

يک خانه قديمى 

Bobak Castle


Dr. Pouran Eslamidoust


Charshanbe Soory


Majid Mahichi

ov GzoDZ

Circle of 4


M. Edalati, N. Kiani, M. Poulad, Sh. Shahriari

p 4 pCk

Fire on the Roof

None B. Jahani

آتش بر پشت بام 

First Jashn-e Sadeh in Herisht

Persian Sh. Bazadeh

 نخستين جشن سده در هريشت 

Four Peeri Sabz

None P. Jamshidian

چهار سال پير سبز 


None B. Jahani


In the Footsteps of our Forefathers


Tenaz Dubash


Mystic Iran

English Aryana Farshad

Dp CpC

Last Words of Mobed

Persian K. Niknam

آخرين گفتار موبد

Music & Pilgrims

None A.Jamshidi, B. Jahani, Sh. Bazadeh

MoDq ok v

Noorooz Celebration in Tajikestan 1,2

Tajik Mazdayasnie Monasterie

نوروز در تاجيکستان 1،2 

Norooz in Bakoo

None Hamid Zargarzadeh

نوروز  در باکو 

On Wings of Fire

English Cyrus Bharucha

بر بالهاى آتش 


English Shahriaries


Parseh, Persepolis

English Hekmat

پارسه ، پرسپوليس 

Persia, Older than History

None   Iran Garden Publication

ايران، کهن تر از تاريخ 

The Unbaked Brick

Persian Pedram Akbari

خشت خام 

Tabriz Museum 

Persian Dr. Pouran Eslamidoust موزه تبريز 

That Old Man

Dari F. Demehri

آن پيرمرد 


Films Details:

Persia, Older than History:

Film and slides about ancient monuments and historical sites. The old palaces, bridges, castles, engravings and temples are displayed. (no-dialogue)

Bobaks Castle:

Visiting this ancient Castle of a National Hero, Bobak Khorramdin who resisted and fought with the Arab invaders for 21 years. Famous scholar of Ancient Persian Culture, late Dr. Pouran Eslami and her husband produced this video in 1999. (Persian)


The unique womens clothing, native language and ancient sites are shown in this film of the beautiful village near Natanz/Kashan in Iran. (few comments in Persian). By Ardeshir Jamshidi

Always with Light:

The ancient fire temples and other pilgrimage sites are displayed and their stories are told. It is professionally produced by Pedram Akbari. Azargoshnasb FireTemple, Chak Chakoo, Herisht, Fars Banoo, Naraki, Narestaneh, Sete Peer and Blassgird are amongst these sites. (Persian) 

In the Footsteps of the Forefathers:

This documentary captures the journey of thirty four, Americans to Iran.  This group of young Zoroastrians is very eager to trace their roots and history by visiting the country where one of the world's oldest monotheistic religion, their religion, Zoroastrianism, originated.  Their desire to walk in the footsteps of their ancestors leads to this incredible journey. A trip that is full of risk  - a pilgrimage that involves traveling to a country that has no American embassy - and a collective passion for their history that will not let any of this stop them. Besides following the evolution in the thoughts of the eager, young pilgrims, the film allows the viewer a rare glimpse of Iran, a country that has shut itself off from the rest of the world for the past 20 years.(English). By Tenaz Dubash.

On Wings of Fire:

It is the first and only dramatic movie to be made about the Zoroastrian  religion and its people.   

In 1982 Zubin Mehta the renowned conductor, then the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, agreed with Cyrus Bharucha that a film about the teaching of Zarathushtra was due to be told to the world at large. For over 1000 years, the Iranian and Indian Zoroastrians have been very silent and in turn lost the history and meaning of their own great religion.

It was never intended to be a Parsee answer to Ben Hur or The 10 Commandments. Cyrus Bharucha, Jamshed and Meherji Madan produced a film with deep research and filmed it in a style that would be entertaining and educational at the same time. The film spans 3500 years of the history of the Zoroastrian people covering the life of the prophet, the heights of the Empire of Cyrus and Darius, the defeat of the Persians by Alexander, the coming of Islam, and all the way to the life of the Parsees in modern India.

Some of the leading actors of the UK and India star in the film- Nigel Terry as Zarathushtra, Paul Shelly as Vishtaspa, Amersh Puri, Syeed Jaffery, and Soni Razdan are amongst the stars that play pivotal roles in this dramatic and spectacular film. The research was done with scholars all over the world from Columbia University, to England, Toronto University and India. This film will take you to a time and place you may have only read about. (English) 


The Master Piece of Shahriar Shahriari and Shervin Shahriari of Vancouver.

Long time friends and co-creators, Shahriar Shahriari and Shervin Shahriari, tell the story of the Zoroastrian nation.  Their deep thoughts take them to pleasant childhood memories and bring them face to face with Ashoo Zarathushtra and Cyrus the Great. Following the footsteps of these leaders they offer the Zoroastrian community their vision of the future. Paradise is a video production of an international presentation, which had been given to wide audiences in several cities in Canada, USA and Pakistan. (English)

Tabriz Museum:

This museum in North West of Iran holds many antique items as old as 4000 years BC. Dr. Pouran Eslami and her husband have visited this interesting place and captured the videos of almost all of these ancient and pre-Islamic artistic items. (Persian with English Scripts)

Fire On the Roof:

An amateur filmmaker has made this video of a night in Mazra Kalantar, Yazd, Iran where almost every house in the village put fire on their roofs until the dawn. (No Dialogue). By B. Jahani


Parseh, Persepolis:

Film and slides about ancient monuments and historical sites with explanations on: Persepolis, Pasargad, Achaemenian and Naghsh-e Rostam. (English). By Hekmat Production.


This unique fire festivity in Sharifabad, Yazd, Iran has been captured on video by B. Jahani. (No Dialogue). By B. Jahani.

Last Words of the Mobed:

The last interview with the great and late Mobed (Magi or Priest) of Iran, Mobed Rostam Shahzadi. A week after this, he sadly passed away. It is his social and religious will too. (Persian). By Kourosh Niknam.

That Old Man:

Feraydoon Demehri talks to a man whom he does not know. It is on the main road of a village of Yazd, called Cham.  The dialogue is about life, death, children, nursing home and other simple subjects of life. It is the first documentary in Dari (Zarathushti native language in Iran).

Circle of 4:

Four young adults from Vancouver Canada, Mandana Edalati, Nooshin Kiani, Mehrbanoo Poulad-Noshiravan and Shervin Shahriari write, direct and produce the Circle of 4 video film to not only document certain unique characteristic of the Zoroastrian Community but also to educate the viewer on Zoroastrian religion and history.  The Circle of 4 is a combination of an amateur short film and educational segments.  In addition, it contains four very short but interesting interview segments on King Arthur's origins, Sports and other Zoroastrian topics. (English)

 Norooz Festivity in Tajikistan(2 parts):  

These videos show parts of the Norooz Celebration including beautiful Tajik Songs, Dance and reading of poems. The Tajiki dialogue is a branch of Persian and sweet to hear for Persian-speakers. As it is mostly music and dances, there is not much to be translated. Siavash Kasraee, the great Persian poet also appears in one part while living in Tajikestan.

 Norooz in Bakoo:

During the Norooz time (Persian New Year, 21st March), Hamid Zargarzadeh was invited to take a wedding film in Bakoo, Azerbaijan where he tries to visit an old Fire Temple still burning with Gas. He also shows parts of a strange museum. (No dialogue)

 Four Years of Peer-e Sabz:

Peer-e Sabz is the most famous Zoroastrian pilgrimage site in Yazd, Iran. Zoroastrians of Vancouver, British Columbia go out to Shannon Falls and celebrate this event in memory of the big event back in the motherland. This video shows parts of the ceremony for the first 4 years. By Parvaneh Jamshidian

 First Sadeh in Herisht:

Sadeh Festivity, the occasion of Fire Creation by the Human Being on the 100th day of the big winter, 29th January, is celebrated by Zoroastrians and other Persians. In Yazd, since 2001, the festival is held in Herisht, a pilgrimage site near Ardakan, Yazd. (some comments in Persian). By Shahpour Bazadeh.

Charshanbe Soory:

The last Tuesday Night of the Persian Year (Starts on the beginning of Spring, 21st March) is celebrated by all Persians by making bon fires and jumping over it, singing and performing certain traditions. Although the way it is performed now days, is not Zoroastrian, but every festivity which has a fire component, shall be searched for its roots in this Ancient Persian Religion. Majid Mahichi of Vancouver has made this film for a Persian TV Channel few years ago and depicts its traditions and superstitions. (Persian)

 Alleys of Memories:

This very short video brings the memories back for the Zoroastrians who lived in Mahale of Yazd. (No Dialogue). By Ardeshir Jamshidi

An Old House:

This short video shows the rooms and the architecture of an old Zoroastrian House in Yazd. (no dialogue). By Ardeshir Jamshidi. 

The Unbaked Brick:

Pedram Akbari, a professional filmmaker, has made this video about 20 years ago. Shows parts of the oldest and active fire temple in Yazd and the death remembrance ceremony (Foroudogue) in Yazd. (Persian)  


Truth Lies in The Village:


The film depicts common people, villagers in and around Abyaneh who hold strong views about the social and political dilemmas under a dictatorial regime. The people are humbling, yet colourful. They bravely speak of the lack of progress the country had faced during the past 25 years and how they have kept their beliefs and traditions alive. This is a journey not only to the countryside, but also a freeway to the inner spirit.


Mystic Iran:


The unseen world from the women's chamber of the Great Mosque, opened for the first time to the outside world, to the first rituals held in the remote temple-caves in the land of Zarathushtra, to the sacred dance of the Dervsihes, one is taken on a mesmerizing and healing journey in the year 2000, through the heart of the land known for thousands of years a Persia.