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San Franciscans to See Iranian Movies

San Franciscans to See Iranian MoviesSan Franciscans to See Iranian Movies

A total of 33 Iranian films will be screened at the 8th Iranian Film Festival (IFF) in San Francisco, slated for September 26-27.

Launched in 2008, IFF is the first independent Iranian film festival outside Iran. An annual event, it showcases films made by or about Iranians from across the globe.

Feature, short, animated and documentary films are included in this year’s program, among which a few have already won awards at international festivals, Mehr News Agency reported.

The prominent works to be shown in the American event are as follows:

‘Six Centuries, Six Years’, a documentary by Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, portrays the six-year-long endeavors of a group of Iranian master musicians who are trying to locate, restore and record a repertoire of compositions attributed to Abd al-Qadir Maraghi, a prominent composer who lived six centuries ago and greatly influenced Middle Eastern classical music.

In the documentary ‘I Want to Be a King’, director Mehdi Ganji has filmed the life of a simple farmer Abbas Barzegar, who lives in a village near Shiraz, Iran, with his family. His ambition is to start an archaic nomadic tribe, so is looking for a woman who can serve as a spouse to him, the tribal chieftain.

A feature drama/ thriller, ‘Crazy Castle’, by Abolhassan Davoodi, narrates the story of six young people who get involved in a complicated situation which reveals new aspects of each character.

‘Taboo’, directed by Khosro Masumi, is another feature drama about a 67-year-old married landowner in northern Iran who wants to marry a 24- year-old girl despite her protests.

‘Today’ chronicles a day in the life of an ageing taxi driver who takes a young woman to the hospital not knowing what awaits him there. In this simple story, renowned filmmaker Reza Mir-Karimi offers a narration about people who help others but remain anonymous.

Short film ‘Speck’, directed by Khashayar Tayyar, about Zoorkhaneh sports is based on Islamic Iranian mystic thoughts and the moral teachings of heroism culture.

Zoorkhaneh rituals are traditional Iranian athletics, originally used to train warriors. They combine martial arts, calisthenics, strength training and music.

In the previous edition of the festival, Iranian filmmaker Pouran Derakhshandeh’s social drama ‘Hush! Girls Don’t Scream’ swept several awards.