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Award at the Fajr International Film Festival, Tehran

Monday 25 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Tehran, April, 25th, 2016 (SIGNIS/Interfilm). At the 34th edition of the Fajr International Film Festival, held in Tehran from April 20th-25th, the interfaith Jury gave an award and two commendations.

In the Long Feature Film Competition, the award was given to Zemnaco by Mehdi Gorbanpour, (Iran, 2015, 70 minutes)

Zemnaco, raised as "Ali, the Kurd" in an Iranian family, is searching for his roots leading him to Halabja, a border town in Iraqi Kurdistan. In 1988 this town was bombed by Saddam Hussein’s army with chemical weapons. This documentary shows the importance of media in our personal life, the desperate situation of orphan children in wartime and how far hope can heal the wounds of wars past and present.

A commendation was also given to Love marriage in Kabul by Amin Palangi (Australia, Afghanistan, 2014, 85 minutes)

Mahboba Rawi, an exiled Afghan woman, raises funds in Australia for Afghan orphanages set after the death of her child. Despite many difficulties she succeeds to make the "love marriage" of Fatemeh and Abdul happen and to continue her social activities. This lively documentary shows us the difficulties in everyday life in Afghanistan, especially for women, and the faith of those willing to change. Without ever loosing humour the film gives us hope for a better future.

In the Short Film Competition, a commendation was given to Hasti by Kamal Parnak, (Iran, 2015, 9 minutes)

While playing "hide and seek" a little girl hides under the blanket with her dead mother. Hearing the mourning of the adults and the chatter of the others children she starts to understand what death can be. The respectful filmography allows us to understand more than is spoken and shown on the screen. So it is a very delicate film about mourning, farewell and loss.

The Jury members were

  • Seyed Mostafa MOHAGHEGH DAMAD, Iran
  • Magali VAN REETH, France
  • Stefan FOERNER, Germany
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