Iranian documentary wins best award in Russia

TEHRAN, Sep. 13 (MNA) – Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Ganji's documentary 'I Want to Be a King' has garnered top award at the 11th Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema.

Ganji received the Best Documentary Award as well as the festival's Trophy during awards ceremony held on September 5-11

Mehdi Ganji’s 70-hour long documentary is about a man called Abbas who has turned his own home to a guest house in a nomadic area of Iran. With the support of his wife and three children, he runs a successful Eco-tourism business. He has an ambitious dream, creating a new tribe by his own and becoming the sovereign.

I Want to Be a King has so far received many awards in different international film festivals including the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, Millennium International Documentary Film Festival (Belgium) and Zurich Film Festival.

Established in 2005, Kazan International Film Festival is held in the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan.

The festival, also known as the Golden Minbar International Film Festival, is held as a place for regular meetings and an exchange of experience between filmmakers from Russia and Islamic countries.

The purpose of the event is creation of an objective representation of Islam and Muslims in Russia and international community. The motto of the festival is “Dialogue of cultures through the culture of dialogue.”


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