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A feature interview with Iranian-French jazz musician and doctor, in Paris.
Arshid Azarine
in Paris.

Arshid Azarine

An interview with Iranian-French jazz musician and doctor in Paris.

A feature interview with Iranian-French jazz musician and doctor,
Arshid Azarine
in Paris.

An interview with iconic Iranian filmmaker in Tehran about censorship, mortality, and speaking out.

Bahman Farmanara

An interview with iconic Iranian filmmaker
in Tehran about censorship, mortality, and speaking out.

Bahman Farmanara

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“Hoss-pitality” with Chef Hoss Zare

How to Best Use Barberries in Your Cooking

A wide-ranging and hilarious feature interview with renowned Iranian-Dutch photographer, visual artist and video director and filmmaker.
Mostafa Heravi joins Jian from Amsterdam to discuss his approach to political art, inspiration and commentary, making videos for the likes of Namjoo and Shahin Najafi, and his wild journey from a religious family in Mashhad to the West, including an attempt to ride camels to China, a stint as a professional footballer in Tajikistan, time in jail and living in a refugee camp, and his current interest in cheesemaking.

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Feature interviews with Armin Amiri from Los Angeles to recount his wild journey from Iran as a kid dreaming of being in the movies, his fateful encounter with Michael Jackson, and his road to acting success in America including appearing in and co-producing a new film called, The Night, which is the first American-produced film to be released in Iran since 1979.

 
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Feature interviews with Iranian-British musician and archeologist, Roya Arab in London.
Roya joins us for a wide-ranging interview about her artistic journey, the importance and allure of history and archaeology, and why she is so drawn to her Iranian heritage.

“WHY PINK FLOYD” – A ROQE ORIGINAL SERIES

Exploring the deep and surprising connection between Iranians and the legendary British rock band.

 
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  • Part one is entitled, “Fandom and Context” and features Ali Azimi (London), Dara Daraee (Tehran), Ramin Sadighi (Tehran) and Roya Arab (London).
  • Part Two  is entitled, “Sonics, Class, and Connection” and features Reza Moghaddas (Toronto), Amir Bahari (Tehran), and Sepp Osley (London).
  • Part Three  is entitled, “Drugs, Access and Melancholy” and features Arash Sobhani (Stockholm), Siamak Shirazi (Portland), Maral Mohammadi (London), and Ehsan Sadigh (Toronto)
  • Part Four  is entitled, “Storytelling, Classics and Conclusions” and features Loga Ramin Torkian (Los Angeles), Anoush Saboktakin (New York), Sanaz Sotoudeh (Dubai), and Arash Mitooie (Tehran).
 
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The special recap and summary of the full 4-part Roqe seriesWhy Pink Floyd: An Iranian Obsession.

Jian presides over a countdown of the top ten elements discovered upon evaluating the deep connection between the Iranian people and the legendary British rock band, Pink Floyd.

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A feature interview with karate champion and Head Coach of the Canadian national karate team, Nassim Varasteh. Nassim joins Jian in the Roqe Studio for a rare interview about her path to excellence, the obstacles of achieving success in a male-dominated sport, and the expectations that come with being the daughter of an Iranian karate legend.

An interview with distinguished Iranian-Canadian video game designer, virtual reality film and graphic novel creator, writer, director and producer, Navid Khonsari.

Navid joins Jian to discuss growing up in Iran, coming to Canada during the revolution, parlaying his love of film and cinematic creations into huge video game success with Grand Theft Auto and other franchises, and, one of his most recent creations – close to his heart and his own personal lineage – the award winning game: 1979 Revolution: Black Friday.

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“Mother Miracle”, Shahla Ettefagh

 

Shahla tells Jian of her indulgent early adult life, a momentous decision to abandon her lush California lifestyle for India and build a school for children in need, making peace with her father before his death, and her spiritual evolution into Mother Miracle.

 

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Zartoshte Bakhtiari, the recently elected Mayor of Neuilly-sur-Marne, France. Zartoshte joins Jian to discuss his passion for politics, public action, and the story of becoming the first French mayor of Iranian descent – and one of the youngest ever in France.

Fay Arjomandi

Entrepreneur and tech leader

She left Iran as a teenage refugee. Now she is a successful CEO. She joins Jian to discuss disruption, determination, development and a new invention for containing the Covid19 pandemic. Click Here

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