The beautiful and capable Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, has appeared in movies such as
Santoori (2007, in Persian) and “Body of Lies” (2008, co-starring Leonardo DiCaprio), following which the cleric-run Iranian government banned her from travel outside of Iran. Once she got out, she never returned and currently lives in Paris. Her more recent film is “About Elly” (2009) by the Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, which won several awards.
Golshifteh has also done some music work. She plays piano quite well and in fact played the piano in movie Santouri. She also did some musical collaboration with the great unorthodox Iranian musician Mohsen Namjoo in Italy last year which resulted in some interesting work such as this recoding of “Hamash Delam Migire“.
She has recently done a song and a video music called Sokoot (سکوت, Silence) which deserves some attention. The lyrics of the song are by a 19 year old Iranian soldier, Pouyan. The video which is partially filmed in Paris, is a quick historical review of Iran’s sad and unfortunate 20th century history — from the end of the Qajar era, to the Pahlavi dynasty and the 1953 coup, to the 1979 revolution, and to the recent green movement which started in 2009. Though the name of the song trasnlates to silence, the song is about anything by that. In fact the main line in the song says “Don’t believe in my silence” (سکوتم را نکن باور). and it continues with “I am that deep calm before the storm”. It’s a beautiful and very loaded poem, and Golshifteh who admits that she is not a singer, has done a nice job with it.
The music for the song is by Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh, performed by the Aram Orchestra, and the video work is by Sara Raha. Here is the video: