PSA Events 2004-2005

Spring Quarter Events:

PSA International Movie Series

Crimson Gold
  • Title: Crimson Gold (Talaye sorkh) طلای سرخ
  • When: Thursday May 26, 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030
  • Director: Jafar Panahi
  • Country: Iran (2003)
  • Language: Persian, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Plot Outline:

    Based on true events and written by acclaimed director Abbas Kiarostami (A taste of cherry), Crimson gold is the story of Hussein, a humble pizza deliveryman who feels continually humiliated by the injustices he sees all around him. When his friend Ali finds a receipt for a stranger's necklace purchase, Hussein is stunned by its exceptionally high cost. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such a luxury. Soon after, he and Ali are refused entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their scruffy appearances; his rage over this slight sets off a series of events. But Hussein will taste the luxurious life for one night before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge.

  • More Info IMDB

PSA International Movie Series

Viimne reliikvia
  • Title: Viimne reliikvia (The last Relic)
  • When: Thursday May 19, 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030
  • Director: Grigori Kromanov
  • Country: Estonia (1969)
  • Running Time: 86 min
  • Plot Outline:

    "The Last Relic" is based on themes borrowed from 16th century Estonia. Hans von Risbieter, "the best rider in Livonia", meets beautiful Agnes von Mönnikhusen during a horseride. The Church kindly agrees to wed the two on the condition that it will take possession of the box containing the relics of Saint Brigitta. The wedding party turns into a massacre where a freeman Gabriel saves Agnes's life. Soon they are chased by the convent, Ivo Schenkenberg's cut-throats, and the bride's family.

  • More Info IMDB

With Aleksandr Goloborodko, Ingrid Andrina, Peeter Jakobi, Raivo Trass, Eve Kivi. 1969, 86 min. In estonian, with english subtitles.

This historic adventure film has gathered the biggest audience an Estonian film has ever had: it is by far the most popular film ever made in Estonia - some of the dialogue of the film became catchwords among the public.

PSA on Ice

PSA on Ice

This coming Friday, May 13, PSA is happy to bring you yet another fun activity: ice-skating at one of the Bay Area's nicest ice rinks, San Mateo's Ice Chalet.

For transportation, we can arrange for carpools by meeting in front of Bechtel at 6:55pm and leaving at 7pm sharp.

Many thanks to Kaveh Hosseini who kindly organized this event.

  • When: Friday May 13th, 7:30-9-30pm
  • Where: Ice Chalet, 2202 Bridgepoint Pkwy., San Mateo, CA 94404

PSA International Movie Series

  • Title: Undefeated (Neskorenyj)
  • When: Thursday May 12, 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030
  • Director: Oles Yanchuk
  • Country: Ukraine (2000)
  • Type: Historical Drama in Ukrainian/Russian with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 105 min
  • Plot Outline:

    The film is the true story of General Roman Shukhevych (Gregory Hlady), the leader of the Ukranian underground army that fought during WWII against two of the 20th century's most devastating war machines: the Nazis and the Soviets. Filmed onlocation in the exotic and mysterious Carpathian Mountains, the tarnished but still opulent cites of Odesa and Kyiv, and the architecturally stunning city of Lviv, The Undefeated is a movie filled with explosive action and suspense. It is a personal story of faith and commitment and ultimately, the victory of freedom over tyranny.

  • More Info

PSA Participating in Stanford International Festival

Stanford International Festival

Like other years, PSA participates in Stanford International Festival organized by Stanford International Center with cultural table setup. PSA has also hired a professional dance group to present two dance performances.

As it has been the tradition in rencet years, the new board of PSA has helped with organizing this event.

  • When: Saturday May 7, noon-5pm
  • Persian Dance planned for around 3:00pm-3:30pm
  • Where: Internation Center
  • More Info at Stanford International Center web page

PSA International Movie Series

  • Title: Filantropica
  • When: Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030
  • Director: Nae Caranfil
  • Country: Romania (2002)
  • Plot Outline:

    Ovidiu, a high-school teacher looking for an extra buck, finds an unexpected way to earn easy money. (IMDB)

  • More Info: IMDB

PSA Participating in "Cultural Connections" Program

Cultural Connections

Meet new people and learn about cultures from all over the world with dinner and cultural performances.

Brought to you by the Grad Student Council, the Grad Student Programming Board, Community Associates and Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Estonian Student Associations.

PSA International Movie Series

Gegen die Wand (Head-on)
  • Title: Gegen die Wand (Head-on)
  • When: Thursday, April 21 at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030
  • Director: Fatih Akin
  • Country: Turkey (2004)
  • Plot Outline:

    Cahit is a German Turk at his late 30's. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife's death, and he's living a miserable life right in the core of cocaine and excessive drinking. One night, he semi-intentionally crashes into a wall, and barely survives. At the hospital he's taken to, he meets a girl, Sibel, another German Turk who's tried to commit suicide. She's sick and tired of her family's ultra-traditional issues, and asks Cahit to carry out a white marriage with her out of the blue, so that she can become a married woman and get rid of her family's revolting pressure. Cahit is turned off by the idea at first, but then he agrees to take part in this plan. As Sibel tells him straightaway that she's interested in absolute freedom involving other men and he agrees, they live as roommates with separate private lives for a while. Then things take a different turn, and they're no longer two indifferent roommates. But their love story won't be anywhere as simple as any other...

  • More Info: IMDB RT

Celebrating NoRooz


NoRooz "New Year" has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years, perhaps for as long as 5,000 years, in Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and many more countries.

  • When: Wednesday, April 20th 5:30 to 7:30pm
  • Where: Bechtel International Center Patio
    422 Lagunita Drive (next to the Stanford Faculty Club)
  • Directions
  • Flyer (PDF file, 200kB)


  • Dinner: Persian and Kazakh food (Dinner limited to 50 people, please RSVP to
  • HaftSeen Soup: (Seven kinds of beans starting with 'S') as Kazakh tradition for NoRooz
  • HaftSeen Display
  • Cultural Displays: Persian and Kazakh
  • Music: Kazakh and Persian
  • Talk: History of NoRooz, (5 to10 minutes)
  • Dance by Niosha Dance Academy

Sponsorted By

The Center of Russian, East European and Eurasian studies | Persian Student Association | Special Language Program

Lecture Series: Iran Past and Present
ایران: گذشته و حال

Iran: Past and Present

In the wake of recent global attention towards Iran, the Persian Student Association (PSA) at Stanford is planning to hold a series of educational programs with the goal of educating the student community about cultural, historical and political issues related to Iran. The series includes five programs held on five consecutive Sundays starting April 17, 2005 focusing on the following subjects:

سیزده بدر
13 Bedar

To celebrate our last Norooz ceremony, 13 bedar, let us spend a day out enjoying Nature and Spring weather, play around and of course have kabaab this coming Sunday April 3 (فروردین ۱۴).

This year we will go to Vasona Park where most of the Iranian community of the Bay Area will get together to celebrate 13 bedar. This 150 acre park is the most popular of Santa Clara County's regional park and recreation areas.

There will most probably be limited parking space in and around the park that day. Therefore we will meet in front of Willis Lounge at 10:00am and will carpool there.

  • When: Sunday April 3 (فروردین ۱۴)
  • Where: Vasona Park - Directions
  • What to bring: Sabzeh
  • Where to meet: Willis Loung at 10:00am or at the park
  • Don't forget to bring any type of game you like to share with others

Norooz at Google

PSA Norooz Party
مهمانی سال نو

To enjoy our Norooz 1384, we are going to have a friendly party night with music and dance. Please join us for this year's Norooz party to prepare yourself for the next quarter.

  • Where: Timoshenko Lounge in Rains
  • When: Wednesday March 23rd, 2005 - From 9:00pm

PSA Celebrates Vernal Equinox
مراسم تحویل سال


This year vernal equinox (تحویل سال) will occur at 4:33 a.m. Sunday March 20 (PST). To celebrate Norooz 1384, we will have an informal friendly PSA get-together and dinner. We will enjoy the night with music, poetry and games and stay up until the time of "Tahvile-Saal".

Please do not hesitate to bring any music instrument you like to play or any games you'd like to share with others.

  • Where: Willis Lounge in Rains
  • When: Saturday March 19th, 2005 - From 8:00pm

A group photo of this event

Winter Quarter Events:

PSA Char-Shanbeh-Soori
چهارشنبه سوری

Charshanbe Soori

This year PSA is going to celebrate Char-Shanbeh-Soori (Persian's traditional celebration) for the first time ever. So give yourself a break from studying for finals and join us for a spectacular celebration. PSA provides firewood and music; you just need to put on your comfy shoes and get ready to hop over the fire, and don't forget to bring your own snack.

We are going to build our fire at Pigeon Point beach which is one of the most magnificent places along the west stretch of coastlines and practically the only place we can build a fire after sunset.

  • When: Tuesday 15th, fire starts at 6:00 PM.
  • Where: Pigeon Point.
  • What to wear: Dress in layers and put on your comfortable shoes.
  • What to bring: Bring your own snack and of course yourself!.
  • Where to meet: Leave Willis Lounge by 4:30 PM if you want to carpool or 6:00 PM at Pigeon Point.

PSA Joint Movie Series

With Fire and Sword
  • Title: With Fire and Sword
  • When: Wednesday March 2 at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-034
  • Director: Jerzy Hoffman
  • Country: Poland/Ukraine (1999)
  • Plot Outline:

    Set in 17th century Poland, Jerzy Hoffman's audacious, epic film tells the story of the Ukrainian Cossack uprising against the Polish nobility. As fights rage, romances are sparked, adding even more drama to an already intense situation. Based on the novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz (Nobel Prize in Literature 1905), With fire and sword features stunning set pieces and standout performances across the board.

  • The movie is 3 hours long and we will try to start @ 7pm sharp!
  • More Info: With Fire and Sword (in english)

PSA Winter Party

  • When: Saturday February 26, 8:00pm-1:00am
  • Where:
  • Entry:
    Before 9:00pm: Free
    After 9:00pm: Free with Stanford ID, $5 Students, $10 General Admission

PSA Election

  • When: Wednesday February 23 at 7:00pm
  • Where: Escondido Village Cottage room

PSA Joint Movie Series

Train of Life
  • Title: Train de vie (Train of Life)
  • When: Wednesday February 16 at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-034
  • Director: Radu Mihaileanu
  • Country: France/Romania/Israel/Belgium/Netherlands (1998)
  • Plot Outline:

    Plot Outline: In 1941, the inhabitants of a small Jewish village in Central Europe organize a fake deportation train so that they can escape the Nazis and flee to Palestine.

  • Some user comments:

    "This is a magnificent film. Like "Life Is Beautiful" it manages to be a comedy about the Holocaust but also a sensitive and thoughtful study of it. It's beautifully filmed, wonderfully acted, superbly directed. I can't think of a film I've seen this year that is more entertaining and more thought provoking. It's a comedy, it's a fantasy, it's a musical, it's a drama, it's a romance, it's an allegory and, yes, it's a tragedy. It's also wonderfully European with none of the predictable Hollywood cliches but with fascinating symbolism and revealing studies of human dynamics."

  • More Info: IMDB

PSA Joint Movie Series

Close Up
  • Title: Close Up (نمای نزدیک)
  • When: Wednesday February 2 at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-034
  • Director: Abbas Kiarostami
  • Country: Iran (1990)
  • Plot Outline:

    At the heart of this true story is Hossein Sabzian, an unemployed movie buff who finds himself mistaken for the enigmatic director Mohsen Makhmalbaf. The misunderstanding takes on a life of its own and Sabzian ends up in jail where his trial is filmed by Kiarostami.

  • About the director:

    One of the most highly celebrated directors in the international film community of the last decade, Kiarostami has, among his incredible number of awards, a Roberto Rossellini award for his film career and a Palme d'Or for best film for 'Taste of Cherry' from the Cannes International Film Festival, France. 'Close-up' (Best Director Prize at the 5th Dunkerque International Film Festival, France, 1991), regarded by some as his masterpiece, brought him to the world's attention.

    more on Kiarostami

  • More Info: IMDB CityBeat FilmRef

PSA Ski Trip

PSA Ski Trip

Once again it is time for the PSA ski trip. The PSA ski trip, as always, will be on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial weekend. The timing of our ski trip couldn't be better. For the past 15 days, it has been snowing in Tahoe and the forecasts for Friday Jan-14 to Monday Jan-17 are partly cloudy. Come and join us enjoying 4 days and 3 nights of fun with friends skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or doing whatever you want!


  • PSA has rented two houses in South Lake Tahoe, close to the extremely social atmosphere of the border between Nevada and California, and close to the very popular Heavenly Ski Resort.
  • Houses are available around 3 pm Friday afternoon
  • PSA will be providing breakfast
  • We'll be organizing a dinner on Saturday night
  • When: Friday January 14 - Monday January 17
  • Where: South Lake Tahoe


This year PSA board has decided to subsidize half the price for new PSA members

  • $50 - First year PSA members
  • $100 - Stanford students, faculty, staff, and spouses
  • $150 - Others

Fall Quarter Events:

PSA Yalda Night Celebration
مراسم شب یلدا

Yalda Night

One of the most important cultural celebrations in Iran is Yalda celebration. This celebration is held on the longest night of the year, the last day of Fall or Winter Soltice. The ceremony can be traced to the primal concept of Light and Good against Darkness and Evil in the ancient Iran.

Join your friends for this traditional celebration. Traditional Persian food will be served. We look forward to seeing you.

  • When: Monday December 20 at 7:00pm
  • Where: Timoshenko Lounge

After the exams PSA Music Night

PSA Music Night

This coming Friday, December 10, we will have our last music night in Fall quarter. Please join us for this after the exams PSA friendly music night. Come and be with friends, and listen to the Persian music and relax from finals and projects.

Last time it turned out to be a memorable music night, if you have missed that one don't miss it this time!

  • When: Friday December 10 at 7:30pm
  • Where: Rains Buttery

An evening with Iraj Pezeshkzad
پای صحبت ایرج پزشک زاد

Iraj Pezeshkzad

In this two and half hour program a segment of the series will be shown and described by the author. The author, for the first time will be talking about the facts and fictions and his motives for creation of "Daei Jan Napoleon" and will be answering many questions.

  • When: Sunday November 21
  • Where: Cubberley Auditorium, Cummings Art Bldg.

Persepolis Recreated Film

Persepolis Recreated
  • When: Friday November 5
  • Where: Annenberg Auditorium

PSA Music Night

PSA Music Night

Please join us this coming Thursday for the second PSA friendly music night. Come and be with friends, and listen to the traditional Persian music. It is also a good change to cheer up from the midterm exams and prepare for the ones to come.

  • When: Thursday October 28 at 7:30pm
  • Where: Timoshenko Lounge

PSA Welcome Dinner

Let us get together to catch up with old friends, welcome the new PSA members, thank previous PSA board and have dinner. As always we can share ideas and concerns about PSA.

  • When: Tuesday October 12 at 7:00pm
  • Where: EV Cottage room
  • We would start dinner at 7pm

Iran Future Prospects 2004

Iran Future Prospects

"Iran: Future Prospects" is a gathering of young Iranian scholars in North America. The purpose of the gathering is to introduce the future wave of Iranian scholars to one another, and to brainstorm on the future prospects of Iran in the coming years from an academic perspective.

The presentations of the participants focus on cultural, social, political, scientific and economic aspects of the Iranian society in the present and outlooks for the future.

This Gathering was not organized by PSA but many PSA members participated in the program.

  • When: October 2-3 2004
  • Where: Stanford University
  • Home Page

PSA Dinner/Traditional Music

PSA Music Night

Please join us on Saturday September 11th to brainstorm about how you want PSA to be run in the coming year. We start at 7pm by dinner and discussing the ideas followed by a friendly music BAZM by Neema Hekmat (santur), Babak Heidari (tar), Bobak Tamadon (vocal and guitar), Pourya Khademi (violin), Arash Zolfaghari (zarb), Yazdan Torabian (tar), Adeleh Moghaddam (deklameh)

  • When: Saturday September 11 at 7:00pm
  • Where: EV Cottage Room

Regular Events:

PSA Thursday lunch

  • When: Every Thursday at 12:30pm
  • Where: Tressider Student Union, in front of TreeHouse

PSA Movies Series

Join movie showing effort with Estonian, Romanian, Turkish and Ukranian Student Associations

  • When: Every Thursday at 7:00pm
  • Where: 200-030

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