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Cineastes, Athletes Lend Helping Hand to Homeless Women

Cineastes, Athletes Lend Helping Hand to Homeless WomenCineastes, Athletes Lend Helping Hand to Homeless Women

Nasser Taghvai’s acclaimed movie ‘Unruled Paper’ was screened at Eivan-e Shams hall, with the aim of benefitting homeless women.

Organized by the charity organization Toloo Bi-Neshanha (Dawn of the Unknown) Society, the event was held on Friday (March 6) in Tehran, where a number of artists, athletes, and philanthropists gathered to contribute their mite to help the society with its humanitarian programs, ISNA reported.

The well-known filmmaker Taghvai, in his speech at the event pointed to the issue of drug addiction among some homeless women and said: “There are many social reasons which lead to people’s addiction, and to prevent this, public awareness and family training are of high importance.”

Solving the problem, Taghvai opines, needs not just “transient official plans, but rather a long-term process in which successive generations should correct themselves through education and self-awareness.”

Also at the program, globally renowned Rakhshan Bani-Etemad donated her last international award to the charity.

Presenting her Jury Grand Prize which she received at the 8th annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in Australia for her celebrated drama ‘Tales’ to the society, she said, “when I donated my previous awards to the Cinema Museum, I wrote on a note that they should one day be put up at an international auction in favor of homeless women. Now I am donating my last international award to ‘Mehr Abode’.”

Mehr (literally meaning kindness) Abode is the name of a shelter under construction by the Toloo Bi-Neshanha Society to house homeless women and children and help enhance their welfare.

  Football Club

Participating in the event, players and coaching staff of Esteghlal Football Club also made their own personal contributions to the shelter’s construction and equipment. Esteghlal’s head coach Amir Ghalenoei and players Arash Borhani, Vahid Talebloo, Reza Enayati, and Khosrow Heidari were among the attendees.

‘Unruled Paper’ was screened at the end of the function. Actors Masoud Rayegan, Roya Teimourian, Fariba Kowsari, Leila Bolukat, and Kamran Tafti and directors Hassan Fathi and Abolhassan Davudi were present. It is Taghvai’s last film produced 14 years ago, starring the late Khosrow Shakibai and Hedieh Tehrani.