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Fajr Visual Art Festival Opens With Four Documentaries

Fajr Visual Art Festival Opens With Four DocumentariesFajr Visual Art Festival Opens With Four Documentaries

The documentary section of the 8th Fajr International Visual Art Festival opened at the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Arts on February 15.

Four documentary films will be screened over the five-day event. The films cover various themes including on veteran painter from the Qashqai tribe of southwest Iran, Bijan Bahador Kashkouli, art researcher and critic Habibollah Derakhshani and the red color soil in Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf, Honaronline reported.

‘Painter of Wind’, produced and directed by Ezzatollah Parvazeh, unravels the life story of Bijan Kashkouli. Born in 1928, as a child he carved pictures of human beings and animals with spalls on boulders. Common tribal pursuits including baking, hunting, migration, dairying and nature, were the major theme of his artworks. Lately, Kashkouli has been suffering from Alzheimer’s.

A narrative of the skills of veteran painter Derakhshani, in creating a portrait of well-known Iranian filmmaker and screenwriter, Dariush Mehrjui, is the subject of ‘In a Particular Angle’, the second documentary directed by Zahra Morabbian.

‘The Wall’, directed by Qasem Shishegari, casts a formal look at design and construction of walls. ‘The Secret of Soil’ by Reza Tofiqjou, investigates the colored soil in Hormuz Island in Hormozgan Province in the Persian Gulf.

“The island seems like a silent celebration of colors, in which neither guests nor the host say a word. The ground looks like a colorful carpet,” says the introduction to the film.

The 8th Fajr International Festival of Visual Arts, organized by the Visual Art Office of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, started on January 29 and will run through March 7. Over 4,900 artists, including 105 artists from other countries are participating.