“?‘American Wrestler’ starts out a little tough, because that’s how it was,” says Afshar, speaking from his home in Hollywood. His diligence paid off and made him a California State Finalist in 1991. Ashkani lost the quarterfinal match to eventual silver medalist Kim In-Sub of South Korea with a powerful 3–1 decision, but bounced back to turn down U.S. wrestler Jim Gruenwald on the mat 3–2 for a fifth-place finish.[2][3]. Islamic Revolutionary Courts, 11 February 1979-1994 . I was good at it. In the film, Casa Grande High School’s name is changed to East Petaluma High School, and the town itself is mentioned by name several times. With a laugh, he adds, “I think that’s what it’s going to be called, anyway. Mehdi Ali Hosseini, 29, was arrested in 2015 and charged with murder following a group brawl. There’s no one to blame if you lose. Throughout his sporting career, Ashkani trained full-time for Takhti Wrestling Club in Ardabil under his coach and mentor jafar Damirchi. Earlier in the process, he finished third at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to guarantee his spot on the Iranian wrestling team. “American Wrestler: The Wizard” Early Reviews are Very Good #proudpersian #americanwrestler #wrestling #iranianwrestler #diaspora #iranian “I like feel-good movies,” says producer-actor Ali Afshar. In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. “I like feel-good movies,” says producer-actor Ali Afshar. I’m Ali Jahani. In the immediate aftermath of the 11 February 1979 Revolution, an ad hoc tribunal, initially referred to as the Extraordinary Revolutionary Tribunal, was set up to try the officials of the previous regime, for which no specific procedures were devised. That’s why I keep coming back to make movies there.”. Like other films of its kind (“Karate Kid,” “Footloose”), the challenges mount, and the toughest fight Ali must face is the one he’s fighting against his own fears. In a decree dated 24 February 1979, Ayatollah Khomeini, the … A few months later, Ashkani entered the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney as a dark horse in the men's featherweight category (58 kg). Afshar’s now, among other things car-related, the actor and producer of the movie, American Wrestler. Iranian wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini. “I love Petaluma,” he says. The film is set during the Iran hostage crisis, when nearly 60 Americans were held hostage in Tehran for 444 days. “It’s the story of almost any kid moving to a new town in a new area. Free Download And Play Persian Music © Design by WikiSeda Start in 2011 . Ali Ashkani Aghbolagh (Persian: علی اشکانی آق بلاغ‎; born November 16, 1978) is a retired amateur Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler and currently coach of Iranian Greco-Roman wrestling, who competed in the men's lightweight category. But it ends up being very positive, leaving Petaluma looking pretty good. If you lose, you take that on yourself and you learn from it - so that the next time, you win.”, (E-mail David at david.templeton@arguscourier.com), red-carpet event at Boulevard Cinemas on May 3. Born in the country of Iran, he and his family fled the country during the political turmoil of the late 1970s, settling in the City of Petaluma, California, which is located in Sonoma County (Petaluma is also home of several filming sites used for the 1970s hit movie, American Graffiti). Afshar admits that, when the film was originally made, he had no idea how timely its message would be when the film was finally released. “Win or lose, you have to give it your all. Things change all the time in this businesses, so we’ll see. Younger audiences, he allows, will certainly be too young to remember that time, though he points out that his film is not the first movie to be set during the Iran Hostage Crisis. Ali Jahani, Writer: Dark Horses. [5] Ashkani lost two opening matches each to Cuba's Roberto Monzón (1–4) and Turkey's Şeref Tüfenk (1–3), but stunned the home crowd to tame Greek wrestler Christos Gikas with a 1–6 verdict at the end of the prelim pool. Black History Month. The front page of every newspaper has images of blindfolded hostages or Iranians burning American flags. WWE SmackDown Superstar Natalya believes Cesaro is not only “the greatest professional wrestler in the world” but is in a league of his own when compared to his contemporaries. The Jerusalem Post reported two weeks ago that the execution of wrestler Mehdi Ali Hosseini was imminent. “I like taking difficult situations, and putting a positive spin on them, showing how a loss can be turned into a win. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Ashkani qualified for his second Iranian squad, as a 25-year-old, in the men's 60 kg class. Asked if the film’s early scenes of bullying could make Petaluma of the 1980s look like a rough place to grow up, Afshar laughs again. Server Administrator & Web Developer with over 5 years of experience specializing in front end development. The Courts . Of recreating his memoif being a young wrestler, Afshar says making the movie was an emotional experience, all the more so because he filmed in the same places where those memopries took place. With a … Unlike his previous Games, Ashkani's performance was not enough to advance him to the quarterfinals, placing eleventh in the final standings. “But ultimately, we wanted to put a positive spin on it. Afshar mentions his appreciation for the support of Petaluma businesses and City Hall, and for Forrest Lucas, the oil magnate whose financial support has allowed him to make his films his own way. In the new film, the Ali character goes to college, and gets involved with some underground “Fight Club” kind of scenarios. Ashkani reached sporting headlines at the 2000 Asian Wrestling Championships in Seoul, South Korea, where he won his first title in the 58-kg division over Uzbekistan's Dilshod Aripov. “Yes, some of the high school stuff is what my brothers went through, and all the wrestling stuff is what I went through,” Afshar says. 41 Likes, 1 Comments - TheDastanProject (@thedastanproject) on Instagram: “Inspired by the "True Story" of Wrestler Ali Jahani coming to a theater near you! The Vallejo screening is a tribute to twin sisters Trinh and Tram Tran, 14, who died Aug. 5 in a house fire. Humble soldier of cinema. “If you saw the movie “Argo,” then you’ll know what this is about,” he says. Ali Afshar and his family escaped the Iranian Revolution, emigrating to Northern California while they were still able. I made the Varsity team in my freshman year. He reaped the men's 60-kg title over South Korea's Kim Keum-Hae at the Summer Universiade in Izmir, Turkey, and then picked up a silver medal from the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, losing out to defending titleholder Armen Nazaryan of Bulgaria due to a three-caution violation by the referee. Ali was an outstanding wrestler and set numerous school records. Good things came from what we all went through, eventually.”. “It was surreal, that’s for sure,” he says. American Wrestler: The Wizard is a 2016 American sports biographical film directed by Alex Ranarivelo.The film centers around the world of competitive high school wrestling and stars George Kosturos as Ali Jahani, a 17–year old who escapes Iran in the 1980s after the Iran hostage crisis and must adjust to life in a small California town only to face more hostility in … [1] He won four Asian Championship medals (three golds and one silver), picked up a silver in the 60-kg division at the 2005 World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and represented Iran in two editions of the Olympic Games (2000 and 2004), finishing fifth in Sydney and eleventh in Athens respectively. Afshar says that some of the abuse that Ali encounters in the film came directly from what his older brothers experienced back then. Home; About; Contact Us; Online : 1321 ; FA Because it wasn’t all bad. Anyone coming from Iran at that time would be familiar with what we show in this film.”. After high school, Ali turned his attention to his dream of acting and relocated to Los Angeles. Afshar, who grew up in Petaluma in the 1980s, has made six movies here over the last two years, and “American Wrestler: The Wizard” - filmed in April of 2015, picked up by Warner Bros., and set for a special, one-day-only “event” release at theaters across the country - is, in many ways, one of the most autobiographical films Afshar has made. Directed by Alex Ranarivelo. [4] Determined to return to the wrestling scene and medal, Ashkani emerged himself as a top medal favorite at the 2002 Asian Games in South Korea, but lost to Kazakhstan's Nurlan Koizhaiganov in the quarterfinal match 4–1. I think it’s a good time for this movie to come out.”. ‘American Wrestler' to debut nationally in May. Determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team and defines his place in … That’s what “American Wrestler” is all about.”. Directed by Alex Ranavirello, from a script by Brian Rudnick, it’s the story of 17-year-old Ali (George Kosturos), a refugee from Iran, who’s viewed with suspicion by the populace of the small California town his family takes refuge in. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. "American…” “In high school, I was too small to play football, so that’s why I got into wrestling. Rowan Knox : I'm suckin' down to 126. In this inspiring tale, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. “Wrestling is tough, but you have to commit,” he goes on. 4x CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONS 4x CALIFORNIA STATE FINALISTS 4x CALIFORNIA STATE PLACERS 3x CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONS 3X CALIFORNIA STATE FINALIST 3x CALIFORNIA STATE PLACERS Richard Figueroa – Selma (CS): 1st, 1st, 1st (2018 – 2020) Tristan Lujan – Selma (CS): 4th, 1st, 1st (2018 – 2020) Maximo Renteria – Buchanan (CS): 1st, 1st, 1st […] Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Entertainment presents an inspiring tale based on true events, American Wrestler: The Wizard, making its cinematic debut across the country for one night only on May 3. It's 1980, the midst of the Iran hostage crisis. I mean, you can imagine what I'm putting my body through to cut that weight; so, out of respect for the process, if you're afraid to fight me, tell me now. It was a tough time to be an Iranian living in small town America, with emotions pushed to a breaking point, and violence not uncommon. The wrestler’s name is Alidad Garahasnaloo Jahani, though he prefers to be called “Ali” and quickly earns the nickname “wizard” for the sheer speed with which he … Fontes filed this report, Ali, The Wizard. In 1980, a teenage boy escapes the unrest in Iran only to face more hostility in America, due to the hostage crisis. Both were in the Springstowne Wrestling Academy in Vallejo, which hosted the film with a visit from Ali Afshar, the real-life wrestler and writer of “American Wrestler… After his first Olympics, Ashkani proved particularly successful in his career with two more medals in both 58 and 60-kg division at the Asian Championships (2001 and 2003). Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team. That’s all I can say right now, but it’s going to really good, I think.”. Iowa Flashes Starter, Middle Relief, Closer in Rout of Illini Wrestling / February 1, 2021 Iowa Flashes Starter, Middle Relief, Closer in … Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. Wrestling taught me a lot of lessons I’ve kept through life. You can’t blame the quarterback, you can’t blame the point guard. Living with his embittered uncle, the boy faces a mountain of adversity everywhere he turns. At school, he talks his way onto the wrestling team despite the doubts of the coach (William Fichtner) and the hard-as-nails principal (Jon Voight), and becomes known as “the wizard” for the startling speed with which he can pin opponents. “The sequel will be called, “American Wrestler: the Fighter,”” Afshar says. LONDON: The Iranian regime is set to execute a second wrestler just months after it hanged champion athlete Navid Afkari amid international pleas for clemency. Inspired by the “True Story” of Wrestler Ali Jahani coming to a theater near you! Some of those other movies made here have yet to be released, including “Running Wild,” starring Sharon Stone, and “Ride,” featuring Ludacris. “It’s a combination of all of my family members’ stories of coming to America, and going through the difficulties of being an Iranian immigrant in the late seventies and early eighties. [6][7], In 2005, Ashkani recovered from an Olympic setback to flourish his wrestling career with two more medals. Determined to fit in, he joins the school's floundering wrestling team. Rejected by everyone but determined to fit in, he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team. In this inspiring tale, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. An inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Feature photo: Ali Afshar (Actor/Producer/CA Wrestler) with CA State Editor, Al Fontes “Coach Al” at the 2017 CIF State Championships in … NCAA Wrestling Champion Simon Roberts. He dominated the field by thrashing Hungary's István Majoros (1–5) and Georgia's Koba Guliashvili in the prelim pool to secure his place in the next round of the tournament. “People are talking about some of these same issues again, in a whole new way. In “American Wrestler,” he even plays Ali’s uncle, who teaches the boy some important lessons about winning and losing. [8][9], "Sydney 2000: Wrestling – Bantamweight Greco-Roman (58kg)", "Iranians shining in Asian wrestling events", "Olympic Games preview at 60 kg/132 lbs. Coming back is always a pleasure, and that’s why I keep making my movies there.”. You are looking at the most comprehensive list of deceased wrestlers in existence. With George Kosturos, William Fichtner, Ali Afshar, Lia Marie Johnson. Celebrating our Diverse History & Inspiring the Next Generation. Ali Afshar has led an interesting, yet a very inspirational life story to this point. “I will always think of it fondly, and think of it as my home. A teenage boy adjusting to life in a new town combats the disapproval and scorn of his uncle, his classmates and his neighbors when he joins his school's floundering wrestling team, … Ali : Yeah, I know who you are. If you’re looking for only the most well known guys, we’ve put those on this page here, along with bios, photos and videos.. Make sure to also check out our list of deceased wrestling managers and personalities.. Last updated: 6/30/2018 • About this list • Summarized data from this list … “In this inspiring tale based on true events, 17-year-old Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he stands out as different in an unwelcoming community. Ali Jahani is a director and actor, known for Dark Horses (2017), You, Me & Karen (2017) and Subject 36 (2017). In this inspiring tale based on true events, young Ali Jahani is a newcomer to a small California town, where he joins the school’s floundering wrestling team for a … Ali Jahani. The film follows a 17-year-old Iranian boy Ali Jahani, played by George Kosturos, in the 1980s who flees from Iran at the time… List a n audition or Job Sign in Join Join/Sign in Auditions & Jobs Talent Directory Discover View Intro to Camera. After appearing in town at an “American Wrestler” red-carpet event at Boulevard Cinemas on May 3, Afshar will returning three week’s later to shoot the movie’s sequel, with filming planned for six weeks in June and July. Petaluma is the town I call home, I’m very fond of it. Ali Ashkani Aghbolagh (Persian: علی اشکانی آق بلاغ ‎; born November 16, 1978) is a retired amateur Iranian Greco-Roman wrestler and currently coach of Iranian Greco-Roman wrestling, who competed in the men's lightweight category. in men's Greco-Roman", "Baroev beats Barzi in semi, Monzon tames Ashkani in Olympics Greco-Roman wrestling", "American Ruiz claims wrestling bronze, Bulgarian golden", "U.S. rules swimming, China dominates diving at Universiade", Profile – International Wrestling Database, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ali_Ashkani&oldid=978808852, Short description is different from Wikidata, Articles containing Persian-language text, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 17 September 2020, at 02:06. “It’s a good message for right now,” he says. “I like taking difficult situations, and … Facing certain death on the front lines of the Iran-Iraq War, 17 year-old Ali Jahani is smuggled out of Iran and sent to live with his uncle in the small Northern California town of Petaluma. 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