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Festival of Iranian Cinema in New Delhi

Festival of Iranian Cinema in New DelhiFestival of Iranian Cinema in New Delhi

A festival of Iranian cinema organized by the New Delhi-based Habitat Film Club opened on August 9.

In its mission to expose members to the wealth and variety of cinema from across the globe, the club, which is a credible member of the Federation of Film Societies of India, is having the festival of Iranian cinema, "one of the most nuanced film cultures in contemporary times," according to its website

Six films from Iran are set to be screened at the event organized in collaboration with Iranian Independents, a company founded in 1997 by film producer and distributer Mohammad Atebbai, and involved in marketing and promotion of Iranian independent feature and documentary films.

Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is another partner of the festival. It is a worldwide organization founded in 1990 by Indian film maker, critic and author Aruna Vasudev after a request from UNESCO to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Asian films and filmmakers.


The festival opens with 'The Bright Day' directed by Hossein Shahabi, 48, winner of multiple international awards. The film has a thrilling story that takes place in Tehran's back streets and alleys.

'Risk of Acid Rain' directed by Behtash Sanaeeha, 37, will be screened on August 16. It is a minimalist poetic film about the bitter reality of loneliness. 'Melbourne' directed by Nima Javidi, 36, is set for screening on August 23. It is the story of a married couple who are preparing to move to Melbourne to continue academic studies.

'I'm Not Angry' is to be shown on August 24. Directed by Reza Dormishian, 34, the story is about an expelled university student who, while thinking of how best to provide the basic needs of a normal life once he is married to the girl he loves, tries not to get angry when faced with social immoralities, and does all he can not to lose his love.

'No Entry for Men' directed by Rambod Javan, 44, a romantic comedy and 'The Paternal House' directed by Kianoush Ayari, 64, will also be screened.