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Three Iranian Films at Singapore Int’l Fest

Three Iranian Films  at Singapore Int’l FestThree Iranian Films  at Singapore Int’l Fest

Iran will be present at the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) with three films.

‘Track 143’ by Narges Abyar, ‘Snow’ by Mehdi Rahmani, and ‘Mashti Esmaeil’ by Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari are the three films taking part in the 25th edition of the festival this year, ISNA reported.

‘Track 143’ is a highly emotive story about the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war that focuses on the torment of a woman, whose son volunteers to fight Iraqi forces during the invasion. The film simply seeks to tell the story about a mother’s hope for the safe return of her missing son. Powerful acting by the talented Merila Zareie, as the weathered yet determined mother, has won praise on the festival circuit. Her strong performance depicts fortitude amidst the pain of war, grief and loss.

Screening in the Asian Vision section of the festival, the movie along with its leading actress has taken part in several local and international festivals and won numerous awards.

Also accepted in the Asian Vision section, ‘Snow’ shows a hectic day of a family absorbed with a marriage proposal for the daughter. A soldier-in-training, reunites with his family while on leave from service. The happy reunion is short-lived as he discovers that his once-affluent and reputed family is crumbling under the pressure of financial problems, while the matriarch tries to hold the family together.

Till now, ‘Snow’ has attended the Montreal World Film Festival as well as Shanghai and Moscow fetes.


‘Mashti Esmaeil’ is a documentary which tells the story of an old blind farmer named Mashti Esmaeil, living in the countryside, who toils through the seasons of sowing and harvest. Reflections on his life are paired with sweeping shots of the beautiful landscapes of Iran, in an ode to the timelessness of rural life.

‘Mashti Esmaeil’ was named Best Film at the 8th Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival.

SGIFF is the largest and longest-running film event in Singapore. Founded in 1987, the festival focuses on showcasing international films and providing a global platform for the best of cinema. Over the decades, it has grown to become an iconic date in the Singapore arts calendar.

With its focus on groundbreaking Asian cinema, this prestigious event is known for its dynamic programming and commitment to the development of a vibrant local film culture. Always at the forefront of independent filmmaking, SGIFF continues to be a platform for both established and aspiring filmmakers to showcase their films to local and international film buffs.

The festival will be held December 4-14 in Singapore.