Iranian film scholar Negar Mottahedeh discusses the evolution of Iranian cinema and the impact of the 1979 revolution on the industry. Watch two video clips, one from the early days of Iranian film and the other a modern comedy.
Pop culture is thriving in Iran, from music and movies to poetry and books. Iranian authorities do all they can to control what Iranian citizens see and hear. But technology is making that virtually impossible.
With crucial talks aimed at curtailing Iran's nuclear program set to begin, the rhetoric is heating up. Israel will be following the progress of the negotiations closely, says Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. If the talks fail, would Israel be justified in attacking Iran's nuclear facilities? Tell us what you think.
China has a close trading relationship with Iran, and its support will be key in any effort to impose new sanctions against the country. John Delury of the Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations discusses China's willingness -- or lack thereof -- to go along with sanctions.
Israel's robust film industry is funded primarily with state grants, even though the themes can be highly critical of the government and at odds with conventional Israeli values. Many films explore issues from recent Israeli military history.
Israeli has a thriving film industry. In recent years, its films have won popular and critical acclaim while tacking difficult issues of identity and politics. Jerusalem film scholar Amy Kronish blogs about the coming of age of Israeli cinema.
There are reportedly disagreements between the United States and some of its key allies on whether Iran is, in fact, designing a warhead. David Sanger of The New York Times shares his thoughts on this debate.
A war of words between the United States and Iran is growing, just days before the two countries are scheduled to hold their first direct negotiations in three decades. Ghassan Shabaneh of Marymount Manhattan College discusses how Arab nations view Iran.
Worldfocus producer Mohammad Al-Kassim blogs about how Middle Eastern news media outlets covered the news that Iran is building a second nuclear site.
Gideon Rose of Foreign Affairs magazine and Rana Foroohar of Newsweek discuss the week's top stories: The debate over next steps in the war in Afghanistan and the global economic summit in Pittsburgh.