Another Afghan tragedy going on silver screen

TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) -- Films on Afghan issues are often associated with the Makhmalbaf family in Iran.

But don’t make a mistake! This time, the Makhmalbaf family isn’t involved. 


After a four-year hiatus, “The Last Queen of the Earth”, the debut film of Iranian director Mohammdreza Arab, has finally premiered in Tehran’s movie theaters.


Arab believes that his film differs from other flicks previously produced on Afghan issues.


“‘The Last Queen of the Earth’ is not similar to any previous Iranian film or even to foreign films such as ‘The Kite Runner’ and ‘Earth and Ashes’,” he told MNA in his interview last week.


“Due to its low budget, the film stands a bit taller than both of those films,” he added.


“In my opinion, the novel of ‘The Kite Runner’ has been spoiled in the film, because the director was not well-informed about the Middle East and Afghanistan,” he explained.


“About ‘Earth and Ashes’, which is also based on Atiq Rahimi’s story of same name, is not comparable to my film in practice and screenplay,” he noted.


“The Last Queen of the Earth” tells the story of an Afghan refugee named Alibakhsh who is working in Iran. He has no way to find out about the situation of his wife and family back home. The U.S. threats to attack Afghanistan after 9/11 only serve to increase his distress and finally he decides to repatriate.


“Since the film centers on immigration and occupation, two global issues, it can be considered as a world premiere,” Arab said.


The film takes place in the Iranian cities of Yzad, Mashhad, Neyshabur, and Afghanistan’s holy city of Mazar-i-Sharif.


Afghan immigrants who have seen the film believe that no prior film has featured Afghanistan as accurately as “The Last Queen”, Arab said.


The film has previously been screened at many international events including Brooklyn, Montreal, Ashland, Boston, Cairo and Singapore.


Hossein Taheri, Ghorban Najafi, Asghar Hemmat, Ali Azadnia, Ali Mohseni, Ali-Akbar Peyghambari and Goli Akbari star in the film.


Arab has previously spent his career in making documentaries “Like a Mountain,” “Standing in the Wind,” “Kandovan, the Land of the Sun,” “Burnt Land,” “Along the Sava” and several other short films.


Afghan issues were brought into the cinema spotlight mostly through films made by the family of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf.


“The Cyclist” (1989) was his first Afghan-themed film, which was then followed by “Kandahar”.


Afterwards, his wife Marziyeh Meskini, daughters Samira and Hana, and son Meysam followed his lead.


Many of the over ten films made by the family on Afghanistan have been screened and won prizes in numerous international festivals.





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