Documentary on Iran-Iraq war wins top prize at ASA festival

TEHRAN, May 3 (MNA) -- A documentary on 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq won the Special Prize at the ASA International Humanitarian Film Festival during a ceremony on Saturday.

Directed by Mahmud Rahmani, “Zero-Degree Turn” is about the calamities occurring in an Iranian family who live near Iraq’s frontier between during Iran-Iraq war.

 

Several renowned Iranian cineastes attended the ceremony, including Mohammad-Ali Talebi, Kianush Ayyari, as well as the director of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Iran, Ali Mojtahed Shabestari.

 

“Although humanitarian values are stressed in Iranian culture and also in Islam, unfortunately, none of the officials are participating in the event,” Iranian cineaste Abolfazl Jalili lamented during the ceremony.

 

The following is the list of winners:

 

Best Documentary: “Little Jockey” (directed by Yuli Andari and Anton Susilo) from Indonesia

 

Best Animation: “In our Home” (Maryam Kashkulinia)

 

Best Editor: Farideh Daghalagheh for “Zero-Degree Turn” and “Cinema Azadi”

 

Best Cameraman: Turaj Aslani for “How Green was Our Valley” (Fereshteh Jaghtaii)

 

Best Screenwriter: Nader Saeivar for “Yalqiz”

 

Best Research for Documentary Film: Pejman Mazaheripur for “The Lake Which Was”

 

Best Actor: Mehdi Toroqi for “Cinema Azadi”

 

Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, Khosro Sinaii, Abolfazl Jalili, Asghar Farhadi, Reza Kianian, Hamid Jebeli, Mehrdad Oskuii, Mohammad-Ali Talebi and Nasser Saffarian have been appointed as the ambassadors of the festival.

 

The ambassadors promote these concepts and are also involved in various humanitarian activities.

 

The festival was held in Tehran from April 27 to May 1.

 

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