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‘Glory of Persepolis’ at Belgrade Film Festival

‘Glory of Persepolis’ at Belgrade Film Festival‘Glory of Persepolis’ at Belgrade Film Festival

The 16th edition of the International Festival of Archaeological Film featured 22 films from 10 countries at the Gallery of Frescoes in Belgrade from March 19-25, with Iran, as this year’s guest of honor.

The festival saw the screening of films from Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia.

Iran presented its rich archaeological heritage with a film, ‘Glory of Persepolis’. The film was screened in the inauguration ceremony of the festival, IRNA reported.

The event presented Iran’s heritage with a documentary about the splendor of Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC). The vestiges of Persepolis were declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Director of Italian Embassy’s Cultural Center in Belgrade, Gianfranco Renda, said Iran enjoys the richest civilization in the world and culture.

He made the remark in a meeting with Iran’s cultural attaché in Belgrade, Mahmoud Shalui.

Renda welcomed Iran’s presence in the event as a special guest and lauded the Iranian people for their warm hospitality.

“I visited Iran three years ago and toured several historical cities, including Shiraz, Isfahan and Yazd. Now I say for sure that Iran’s splendor and the kindness of its people are always in the bottom of my heart.”

Shalui expressed gratitude for selecting the Iranian documentary film and said the Islamic Republic is a historical country with a brilliant culture and ancient civilization that showcases the “ups and downs of the history of mankind.”

Apart from Iran, visitors were able to learn about the history of Peru, the Italian port of Lipari, powers of water and air in Germany and also about who first discovered Knossos in Greece.

There were no competition selections at the festival, which was organized by the Belgrade National Museum in cooperation with the Iran Cultural Center in Serbia, Goethe Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Cervantes Institute, the Hellenic Foundation for Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Polish Embassy in Belgrade.