1. The youth of the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Central Los Angeles have created a special video New Year’s Greeting to the youth of Iran in honor of the Persian New Year which starts March 20, 2013.

    The video is intended as a non-political, friendly and playful greeting from kids of one culture to another. It features the Los Angeles club members, ages 7 – 17, speaking in Farsi and greeting their friends in Iran. They wish them Norooz (Happy New Year) and make some inside jokes about Iranian sports. (They speak the traditional Iranain soccer goal chant and refer to the Iranian rivalary between the “Blue” team and the “Red” team.) The music, Bandari from Booshehr, is performed with a goat skin by The Ensemble Shanbezadeh. It was developed in the South of Iran in the 1600’s by African slaves from Zanzibar.

    The non-denominational video was created by African American Youth from South Los Angeles It was created under the supervision of Challengers Video Instructor and filmmaker, Larry Nimmer. The Farsi script was created with the help of Mahnaz Attarha, an Iranian novelist.

    “It is our hope that children in Iran will respond and begin an open dialogue between the two sets of youth”, said Corey Dantzler, CEO of Challengers Boys & Girls Club. “It is good for our kids, many of whom will never travel outside of the US, to get acquainted with real people from other cultures to broaden their understanding of the world around them and eliminate cultural and race barriers”. Video instructor, Larry Nimmer said, “The kids were fascinated to learn about another culture and asked questions about why our governments do not get along. They were interested to learn that it has to do with nuclear weapons and religion”.

    For more information, contact Larry Nimmer at Challengers Boys and Girls Club at (323) 971-6161; email lnimmer@cbgcla.org, or cell 805-708-4753.

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