25th Annual Houston Iranian Film Festival

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this festival, established by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Rice Cinema. Screenings will take place at both venues and at The Asia Society Texas Center. Following last year’s screening of Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, which went on to win the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this year’s selections include Breath, Iran’s 2017 Oscar submission. 24 Frames, the mesmerizing, experimental last film by internationally celebrated Abbas Kiorostami (1940-2016) will be shown both at the Museum and Rice Cinema.

SIAWE is a proud sponsor of this event.

A Reception will be held at the MFAH on January 26th
following the film Disappearance


WHAT: 25th Houston Iranian Film Festival
WHEN: January 19th-21st & January 26th-28th
WHERE: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
(1001 Bissonnet, Houston, TX  77005)
Rice Cinema
(Rice Media Center Rice Cinema,
room #100, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX  77005)


**For more information regarding festival ticket prices and scheduled screening please click on the following links:
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Rice Cinema



Festival Flyer

Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians – The Mohammed Afkhami Collection at the MFAH

Highlight from the Mohammad Afkhami Collection of Contemporary Iranian Art will be exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and will be on view from July 1 to September 24, 2017.

The exhibit will feature 23 Iranian-born artists across three generations, revealing the complex histories and identities of Iranians today. These works range across a variety of media, including painting , sculpture, photography, and video.

For more information regarding the exhibit please click below:

MFAH_Rebel Jester Mystic Poet_News Release



Nowruz Party at Rice University

Rice Iranian Society cordially invite you to Nowruz celebration party at Rice.

Nowruz is the name of Persian new year which marks the beginning of spring. It is celebrated as the beginning of the new year by more than 300 millions people all around the world and has been celebrated for more than 3000 years.

Our Nowruz celebration agenda is:
* Welcoming with a variety of traditional Nowruz snacks and sweets.
* Live music performance
* Persian dance performance
* Dinner with traditional Persian dishes.
* DJ will perform after dinner

Dress Code: Semi Formal
Minimum Age: 15

Tickets are available at: https://signup.rice.edu/Nowruz2017/

General Admission:
Before Monday, March 20: $25.00
After Monday, March 20: $30
*You can reserve a table with 8 seats and receive 10% discount.

Student Admission:
Before Monday, March 20: $15.00
After Monday, March 20: $20
*Rice students can receive an extra 20% discount before Monday, March 20.


Nowruz at Rice

Houston Area Women’s Center: Race Against Violence 5K


Please join SIAWE in an effort to support and raise funds for Houston Area Women’s Center by taking part in their 28th annual Race Against Violence 5K Run, Walk.

WHEN: Saturday, March 5th

To register for the 5K Run/Walk with SIAWE Team please click here.

Houston Area Women’s Center helps individuals affected domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward.  Funds raised for this event will support the Center’s 24-hour hotlines, offering a lifeline to those suffering from abuse or recovering from sexual assault.  They also fund individual and group counseling sessions that help survivors move forward with their lives. They ensure that women and children escaping violent homes have a safe place to sleep, and so much more.


MFAH 23rd Iranian Film Festival

23rd Iranian Film Festival
Presented by MFAH Films

Join us for the 23rd edition of the museum’s longest-running film festival
from February 4-6, 2016.  The Museum is honored by the presence of actress Fatemeh Motamed Arya.  She is scheduled to attend a rare, Tuesday-night screening on February 2nd, accompanied by her husband, actor Ahmad Hamed.  Another highlight of this year’s festival is a new documentary about artist Monir Shahroudy Farmfarmaian.

Movies will be screening at the MFAH, Asia Society Texas Center and Rice Cinema.  

For more information please click here.

2016 Iranian Film Festival Brochure

Art + Cuisine “Food for Thought: A Conversation on Persian Culinary Arts”

SIAWE is a proud sponsor of Art + Cuisine “Food for Thought: A Conversation on Persian Culinary Arts”, presented by Sussan Babaie, PhD. Professor of Arts of Iran and Islam, The Courtlaud Institute, and Award winning Chef and cookbook author, Najmieh Batmanglij.

Thursday, June 11, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Museum of Fine Arts Houston
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005
Brown Auditorium Theater (Law Building, Lower Level)
Brief presentations by Dr. Babaie and Ched Batmanglij, immediately followed by a ‘tasting buffet’ of Persian foods and beverages in the American General Conference Room (Beck Building, Mezzanine Level)



(This presentation receives generous support from His Highness Prince Aga Khan and the Society of Iranian-American Women for Education.)

Art + Cuisine

Persian Thanks Giving

Persian Thanks Giving

A coalition of Iranian American Organizations in Houston to Give Back to America


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the following Iranian American organizations are joining hands to offer two opportunities to give back to the Houstonians in need. Our Community is grateful to have a home away from its ancestral homeland, and cares for the less fortunate members of our beloved city.

Association of Iranian American Professionals (AIAP)
Iranian Cultural Foundation (ICF)
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA)
Shabeh Jomeh
Society of Iranian American Women for Education (SIAWE)

Items accepted for Donation to “Search Homeless Services”

Monetary Donation: Write your check directly to “SEARCH HOMELESS SERVICES” and a tax receipt will be mailed to you by them.
Canned Food Drive: Canned Meats & Fish, Hearty Soups, Juices, Cereal, Applesauce, Crackers, Beef Jerky, Powdered Milk, and Granola Bars.
Clothing Drive: Unused or gently used clothing (washed and ironed) for men/ women and children (Jackets, Sweaters and new Socks are preferred).
Hygiene Drive: Toothbrushes, Razors, Shaving Cream, Deodorants, Body Soap, Shampoo/ Conditioners, Hand Sanitizer and Feminine Hygiene Products.
Toys: New and gently used items.

Drop off Centers

Americo Offices (7575 San Felipe St., Houston, Texas 77063)

Armond Bakery & Café (12151 Westheimer Rd. #L, Houston, Texas 77077) this location will accept donations during their business hours from now until 11-20-12.

ICF Office (9703 Richmond Rd., Suite 105, Houston, Texas 77042)


Date and Time – All Locations

Sunday 11/11/2012 10 am to 1 pm
Saturday 11/17/2012 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday 11/18/2012 10 am to 1 pm


Volunteer Opportunities

CITY WIDE CLUB (Thanksgiving Day): Opportunity to volunteer at the CITY WIDE CLUB’s 34th ANNUAL THANKSGIVING BIG FEAST at the George R. Brown Convention Center on the morning of Thanksgiving Day (November 22, 2012). Every year volunteers serve over 35,000 traditional meals to families on Thanksgiving. Volunteers will receive a free “Persian Thanks Giving” T-shirt. Certificate of attendance provided for students. For more information, visit citywideclub.com.

Volunteer your time: By helping at the “Drop off Centers”.


Help & Information

To volunteer or for more information please contact PersianThanksGiving@gmail.com or Navid at 832-687-8030.