Our events aim to raise awareness about the history and culture of Iran, the current human rights crisis, and provide ways that our allies can support our mission.
January 20, 2023
United Iranian Americans (UIA), in partnership with the Sundance Institute, Sunrise House (Gold House, Daniel Dae Kim’s 3AD, and The Asian American Foundation), and IranDC, hosted a first of its kind event at Sundance Film Festival. We brought together Iranian-American Filmmakers and Hollywood to discuss the importance of Iranian stories being told by Iranians in Film and TV, not only for authenticity, but also to humanize Iranian people and show the world that Iranian culture is not defined by the Islamic Republic that has kept Iranians hostage for the last four decades. We also established UIA as a resource for the industry, so that we can serve as bridge between Iranian artists and Hollywood to facilitate our goal.
February 5, 2023
When Shervin Hajipour’s song, Baraye, was nominated for the Recording Academy’s new category, Best Song for Social Change, UIA saw the possibility of this category being included in the telecast as unique opportunity to bring the message of Iranian people to the world. Through our contacts in the Music industry, we were able to advocate for the inclusion of this category on the telecast and The Grammy Award was ultimately presented to Shervin by the First Lady. Additionally UIA delivered “Free Iran” pins to several Grammy Nominated Artists such as Bonobo, Rufus Du Sol and Diplo to be worn on the Red Carpet to help raise awareness in the media.
March 18, 2023
United Iranian Americans (UIA) hosted To Iran with Love, at Casa Madera in West Hollywood. The Gala was hosted by Tehran and brought the important movement for human rights taking place in Iran to the greater entertainment community via a curated program of presentations and performances from celebrated Iranian Americans in Hollywood. To Iran with Love was sponsored by Alangoo, and Black Rabbit Whisky, and featured several Iranian vendors and works of art. United Talent Agency (UTA), Wasserman, and Gold House all expressed their support, and event progressed UIA’s mission to spread awareness, and authentic engagement in the non-Iranian community.
May 5-6, 2023
United Iranian Americans (UIA) hosted a pop-up at Desert Hearts Festival in partnership with Dastan Arts where through selling merchandise at the festival we were able to raise awareness and encourage conversation about the human rights crisis in Iran among a diverse group of festival attendees.