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A screenshot from ‘Owsia’
A screenshot from ‘Owsia’

‘Owsia’ Wins in Australia

‘Owsia’ Wins in Australia

The Iranian documentary ‘Owsia’ (Darkened Water) directed by Alireza Dehghan has won the best film award at the 14th International Science Film Festival (SCinema) in Australia.

‘Owsia’ is about ancient aqueducts in the central Iranian city of Yazd. In the documentary, the director shows an aqueduct which has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, but now is rotting due to bureaucratic hurdles and corruption, IRNA reported.

“A fascinating and well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights,” the jury said of the movie.

Dehghan’s film has won 12 national and international awards in the past year. It recently grabbed the best short documentary award at the Trenton Film Festival in the US as well.

Established in 2000, SCinema is the largest science film festival in the southern hemisphere; celebrating the power of moving image to tell stories about the world and how it works.

The 14th edition showcased science features, shorts, documentaries, animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world.

 

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