The 2021 edition of the Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) has announced the names of three titles made by Iranian directors to participate in the Docs in Focus section.
According to the Secretariat of the annual event, the Iranian documentaries are ‘Isatis’, ‘Bolour’s Time’, and ‘Lost Whispers in the Distance’.
The 75-minute ‘Isatis’, directed by Alireza Dehqan, tells the story of a city in the middle of a desert. It talks about the importance of water and religious tolerance between people that dates back centuries agos.
Dehqan is a cinema graduate. He began making short and documentary films in 2002. Some of his films, such as ‘Owsia’, ‘Calm in Stone’, and ‘Day 27’ have won national and international awards.
The 90-minute ‘Bolour’s Time’ (The Life of Bolour), directed by Amir Farzollahi, is a biography film about Mohammad Bolouri, a renowned Iranian journalist.
Farzollahi is a journalist and film critic. He has written, produced and made several documentaries, including ‘This Is My Life’ and ‘City of Chaos’.
The 60-minute ‘Lost Whispers in the Distance’, directed by Mansour Forouzesh, is a documentary following a group of Iranian and Afghan refugees in Serbia.
Forouzesh is a cinema graduate. He has made nine short and long documentaries. He is a film festival jury and writes reviews for movie magazines.
This year, the FIFF will open in Tehran on May 26 and run until June 2.
Iranian filmmaker and writer Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpour, the secretary of the FIFF, said that most sections of the upcoming edition of the festival will take place online.
He added that Fajr screenings will take place at a number of outdoor movie theaters this year in an unprecedented move.
The 2020 edition of the FIFF was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since its establishment in 1982, the Fajr Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of Iranian Cinema.
The 2021 national version of the festival was held on January 31-February 10.