Tajik Movie of Rustam and Sohrab

I was informed by Canada-Tajikistan Association of Tajiks in Canada that three movies had been produced by Tajik producers during the era of Soviet Union – these movies bought major parts the Iranian epic Shahnameh of Ferdowsi to life:

1. Doston/Dastan-e Rustam
2. Doston/Dastan-e Rustam-ou Suhrab
2. Doston/Dastan-e Siavoush

All three movies were produced by the late legendary Tajikistan producer Benyamin Kimyagarov (a Tajik Boukarian Jew). The second producer and director was the Tajik movie star Ustad Davlat Khoudonazarov, who currently lives in Moscow. He visited Montreal’s Tajik community in May 2008.

Here are the final moments of Rustam-ou Suhrab (Rustam and Suhrab):

Rustam – Played by Bimbolat Vataev, North Ossetian actor, who died a few years ago in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia).

Tahmineh – Played by Svetlana Norbaeva

Suhrab/Sohrab – Played by Hoshim Gadoev, a Tajik cinema and theatre star who currently resides in Dushanbe, Tajikistan


Rustam slays the dragon. The tales of Rustam (the “Hercules of Persia”) are narrated in the Shahname epic written in the post-Islamic era after the fall of the Sassanian Empire. Known as the “Illiad of Persia”, the Shahname has preserved much of Iran’s ancient pre-Islamic heritage.  

Kaveh Farrokh VOA interview: Dangers to Tomb of Cyrus

The Tomb of Cyrus at Pasragardae has been the subject of a number of controversies to date. The most recent one pertians to questionable “restoration” methods used by a local Iranian team led by Hassan Rahsaz. The latter was interviewed live along with Kaveh Farrokh in a televised debate in the Voice of America program “Meezgerd ba Shoma” (Roundtable with You) on December 29, 2008:

مصاحبه با دکتر کاوه فرخ و حسن راهساز درباره
وضعيت آرامگاه کورش در پاسارگاد



Farrokh noted in the interview that the only way to resolve the debates, questions and doubts is to allow neutral 3rd party non-governmental archaeologists and Iranologists from inside of Iran and abroad to visit the site and examine it up close (i.e. Professor David Stronach, Professor Richard Nelson Frye, etc.).

All other pertinent issues are also discussed and revisited in the link below:


Translation of Kaveh Farrokh’s First Book into Persian

The complete and authorized Persian translation of Sassanian Elite Cavalry has been finished by Yusef Amiri more than a year ago and is in the production process now. It is expected to be published in Iran in Spring or Summer 1388 / 2009.

This is the only translation that has the permission of the author and the original publisher (Osprey). Please see two sample pages of the translation (pdf)



For more information on the orginal English version please see:


Yusef Amiri has significantly enriched and expanded the original English text by providing footnotes and additional information for Iranian readers using references such as Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, Iranica, “Golden Age of Persia” by Richard Nelson Frye, and “Iran under Sassanians” by Arthur Christensen among others.

The London WAALM event and Tribute to Cyrus the Great


The WAAlm 3rd Persian Golden Lioness Awards in London England on October 31st 2008  paid a special tribute to the Legacy of Cyrus the Great.


Cyrus the Great (575-530 BC)

All of the awardees of the Golden Lioness Awards made a reference to the legacy Cyrus in their respective speeches. The video clip below shows the Awardees’ speeches In the following order of appearance: Dr. Musi Dorbayani (one of the executive founders of WAALM alongside Dr. Marjan Abdi), Kaveh Farrokh (winner of Best History Book of 2008 Award), Patrick Hunt of Stanford University, Vesta Sarkhosh-Curtis accompanied by John Curtis of the British Museum, Eric Jerpe of the Washington Indepedent Writers, Dr. Ahmad-Reza Baharloo (a veteran of Voice of America network),  Cyrus Forough of Carneige Melon University), and Reza Najfar (Tiroler Landeskonservatorium Innsbruck). Please see:


Kaveh Farrokh on Voice of America December 20, 2008

Kaveh Farrokh was interviewed live regarding his recent book “Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War” by Voice of America on Saturday December 20 (10:30 AM Pacific, 1:30 PM EST, 10:00 PM Iran). Please see: 

  1. Part I (www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQbpS0deksM&feature=channel)
  2. Part II (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejRcpZ0ogvg&feature=channel_page)

 The book won the WAALM Society’s “Best History Book of 2008 Award” on October 31st 2008:


The WAALM award event was cited by the BBC, the Kayhan Newspaper of London, and Iranian.com. See Kaveh Farrokh’s speech at the London WAALM event below:


The book was also selected among the top three history books of 2008 by the Independent Book Publisher’s Association of the US.