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Feathers Of Fire: the Movie
November 15 &16, 2019 - Dallas

We will be at the Frisco Hall in Frisco, TX for a special screening of our shadow play, Feathers Of Fire. This will be the first presentation of our award-winning theater production as a movie.
Details and tickets here.

A reportage on ART IN THE CITY about what we are making in our Brooklyn studio.


Recipient of the 2019 UNIMA-USA Award for Excellence in Live Performance and DesigN

Feathers Of Fire: A Persian Epic


"Fantastic! spectacular,...cinematic wizardry"  - Francis Ford Coppola
Astonishing and Magical! Le Figaro
”A masterpiece”
NYC Theater Review
"A feast for the senses."  Puppeteering Intl. Magazine

We are currently booking Feathers Of Fire for Fall 2020 and beyond. If you are interested in bringing the show to your venue, contact us.

Our recent project, PRINCE OF SORROW: A collaboration with SilkRoad Ensemble, composed by Keyhan Kalhor
Performed at the Kennedy Center, DC

©David Bazemore

Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King

2018 Meggendorfer Prize for the Best PopUp Book!

”Simply breathtaking. –Le Monde | Magnificent.” –La Croix
”This book demands respect.” - New York Journal of Books
A fairytale dream for children and a source of wonder for the whole family.” – Le Monde Sera Beau
Highly recommend” – Previews World
"This is one of the best pop-up book I've seen in a long time" –Robert Sabuda

Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

A gorgeous new translation of the Persian epic. — NPR, All Thing Considered
Brings new, vivid life to the epic tales of the ancient Persian kings. — The Atlantic
An Iranian epic for the masses  — CNN international
One of the most beautiful books I've ever been given. — Neil Gaiman 

The Audiobook edition of Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings

"Creating this audiobook breathes new life into the Shahnameh stories. It is an immersive experience, making these ancient tales tangible for those who are new to these incredible heroic stories and a delight for those already familiar with the poem" –Francis Ford Coppola


Limited Edition Prints

From Shahnameh: The Epic of The Persian Kings 

We are offering a selection of  Hamid Rahmanian's limited edition prints from the book Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings.  These custom prints will make a worthy gift for your friends and loved ones.  

Digital print on metallic paper, 13” x 19”, limited edition 15 prints.  
Framed images are #5 of the edition.  Unframed art is #6 in the edition.

>> View the Collection


Kingorama is a website that presents the works on Shahnameh, created and produced by award-winning artist Hamid Rahmanian.   It all started with an idea to bring the little-knowns stories of Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) to the West.  Written by the Iranian poet Ferdowsi in the tenth century, Shahnameh weaves togethers Iran's ancient myths, epic stories and history into a great epic poem.  

Our goal is to present the tales of Shahnameh on a variety of platforms, so that it reaches a diverse audience across the globe. 

Our Team

Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow. His work centers on film and graphic arts. His work has been exhibited in international competitions and publications. His narrative and documentary films have premiered at Venice, Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, and IDFA film festivals. He has won numerous international awards and his films have been televised on international networks, including PBS, Sundance Channel, IFC, Channel 4, BBC, DR2, and Al Jazeera. Mr. Rahmanian undertook the immense task of illustrating and commissioning a new translation and adaptation of the tenth-century Persian epic poem Shahnameh by Ferdowsi, entitled SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS. This best-selling 600-page art book, which the Wall Street Journal lauded as a “masterpiece,” was published by the Quantuck Lane Press in 2013.  The 2nd Edition (2017) is currently published by Liveright Publishing.   His artwork from the book has been exhibited and purchased by several museums.  In 2014, Rahmanian shifted his focus to theater arts, working with shadows and digital media.  To date he has created three theater pieces: ZAHHAK THE LEGEND OF THE SERPENT KING (2014), MINA’S DREAM (2016, Commissioned by the Onassis Foundation) and FEATHERS OF FIRE (2016) which premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music and is currently touring around the world.  In 2017, he released an immersive audiobook version of SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS, with an introduction by Frances Ford Coppola.  He recently completed a pop up book, entitled, ZAHAAK: THE LEGEND OF THE SERPENT KING, a beautifully designed and engineered book adapted from the Shahnameh, which Le Monde called "A tour de France of animated books." The book will be released in 2018 through Fantagraphics Books. Presently, Rahmanian has been commissioned by the Silk Road Ensemble to create a multimedia video animation for their upcoming project, HEROS, which will premiere in 2019.  Download Hamid's full biography.

Melissa Hibbard co-founded the production company Fictionville Studio with her partner, Hamid Rahmanian.  She produced BREAKING BREAD (2000), SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT (2001) and SHAHRBANOO (2002).  In 2008, she produced and wrote THE GLASS HOUSE in association with the Sundance Channel, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Human Rights Award (OSCE, Docufest) and Best Feature Documentary (Dallas Video Fest).  In 2003, she co-established a non-profit organization – ARTEEAST – its mission statement to promote the arts and cultures of the Middle East and it’s worldwide diasporas in the United States; she was a board member and the ArteEast Online Director through 2007. In 2009, Melissa founded Fictionville Media; a documentary distribution service aimed at helping filmmakers self-distribute their own works. Recently she collaborated on an illustrated translation and adaptation of Persian mythology called SHAHNAMEH: THE EPIC OF THE PERSIAN KINGS (2013) as the Editorial Director.

Our Collaborators

Simon Arizpe is a paper engineer based in New York City. in 2013 his pop-up work earned him an honorable mention from the Society of Illustrators and the Museum of Comic Book Art and Cartooning inaugural Award of Excellence. Aside from his solo work, Simon is senior paper engineer at Robert Sabuda studio, where he has worked on New York Times best selling books: Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy, Dragons & Monsters, DC Comics Universe pop-up and The Little Mermaid as well as many other award winning titles. Simon is a founding member of The American Design Club.

Larry Reed is an internationally recognized theatre director and is one of the few American dalangs (³shadow master²) of traditional Balinese Wayang Kulit. The Founder/Artistic Director of ShadowLight Productions, Reed has pioneered contemporary shadow theater by integrating traditional shadow theater techniques with film, modern theatre and dance styles, which has become ShadowLight¹s hallmark aesthetic. Truly a multidisciplinary artist, Reed has also written, directed and produced films in the US and Mexico.  Shadow Master (1979), his unique ³dramatic documentary² on the family of a Balinese shadow artist, has been shown on PBS and Discovery Channel.  He also served as Assistant Director of National Theater of Costa Rica, and performed with Anna Halprin and her SF Dancers¹ Workshop in the 60¹s. Fluent in five languages, his articles and translation have been published in Asian Theatre Journal and Shattentheater (Germany) among others.  Reed has garnered numerous awards and honors, and was named one of Top 50 artists in the SF Bay Area by Metropolitan Magazine in 1995 and 1996.

Ahmad Sadri is professor of Sociology and Anthropology and James P. Gorter Chair of Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College. He is the author of Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals published by Oxford University Press and selected as the 1993 academic book of the year by Choice, the publication of American Library Association. He has written two books in Persian, Reviving the Concept of Civilizations and An Apocalypse Soon, and his published translations include Saddam City (from Arabic) and Reason, Freedom and Democracy in Islam (from Persian). He lives in Gurnee, Illinois.

Our Partners

Two Chairs Inc
Fictionville Studio
Banu Productions
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Quantuck Lane Press
Liveright Press
Fantagraphics Books
Brooklyn Arts Council
Doris Duke Shangri La Residency Program
Honolulu Museum of Art
Canon USA
Neda Nobari Foundation

About Shahnameh - The Book of Kings

A little over a thousand years ago a Persian poet named Ferdowsi of Tous collected and put into heroic verse the millennium old mythological and epic traditions of Iran. It took him thirty years to write the sixty thousand verses that comprise the Shahnameh (The Book of Kings). This monumental tome is one of the most important literary works of Iran and like other great epics, such as Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Nibelungenlied and Ramayana, it is a record of the human imaginative consciousness. It is well known and has been adapted through out the Near East, Central Asia and India but is mostly unknown in the West.

The stories of the Shahnameh tell the long history of the Iranian people. It begins with the creation of the world and the origin myths of the arts of civilization (fire, cooking, metallurgy, social structures, etc.) and ends with the Arab conquest of Persia in the seventh century, A.C.E. A mix of myth and history, the characters of Shahnameh take the readers on heroic adventures filled with superhuman champions, magical creatures, heart-wrenching love stories, and centuries-long battles.

Ferdowsi was grieved by the fall of the Persian Empire. Shahnameh was meant to harbor the Persian collective memory, language, and culture amidst a turbulent sea of many historical storms and to preserve the nostalgia of Persia’s golden days.

Heroes of Shahnameh are often torn between incompatible loyalties: moral duty against group obligations, filial piety against national honor, etc. Some Iranian kings and heroes appear in Shahnameh as shining examples of courage and nobility. Others are portrayed as flawed human beings who lose their divine “charisma,” their loved ones, and even their own lives to pettiness and hubris. Ferdowsi stresses his belief that since the world is transient, and since everyone is merely a passerby, one is wise to avoid cruelty, lying, avarice and other evils; instead one should strive for order, justice, honor. truth and other virtues.

Shahnameh has survived as the embodiment of the pre-Islamic Persian soul, but it is much more than a national treasure. As a document of human collective consciousness, it reflects the dilemmas of the human condition as it confronts us with the timeless questions of our existence.

The present version covers the brief mythological opening of Shahnameh as well as the main bulk of its epic stories. The last one third of the book that is dedicated to the tales of the last pre-Islamic dynasty of Iran and the Arab conquest is not part of this version of Shahnameh.