Six Pillars and Persian Arts

This Monday we interview Mania Akbari, who you may have seen as the lead role in Abbas Kiarostami’s “10”, a film that takes place entirely inside cars around Tehran. Mania has her first solo show in London and cuts through expectations with her frank, striking and exploratory show.

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Tonight I’ve had the joy of seeing an Iranian Daedulus and Icarus, which is the first play I’ve ever seen with surtitles. It was sharp and funny on so many levels, the father obviously representing both the conditionings we learn from our parents and state. The contrast between instinctive and emotional humans and rational thinking and hard grind, those who think themselves above others and those who are not permitted to think. Recommended.

Also this Monday on Six Pillars to Persia we are giving away two pairs of tickets to not one, not two, not three but four consecutive art film screenings at the Barbican on Sat Dec 6th. This series is called the “Untitled series and looks at film and video art from Iran in four main ways. Starting at 13.00 each screening is followed by a Q & A with the artists who are mostly not from the UK.

To win these tickets email sixpillarstopersia at with your answer to this question: what does the title Untitled say about a work? The best answers will be read out on the show and the top two answers win.

Read about the first screening HERE