TEHRAN, June 19 (MNA) -- One of the earliest Iranian silent movies, “Haj Aqa, the Film Actor” directed by the late filmmaker Avaness Oganians, will be screened July 7 at the Film Museum of Iran. A musical ensemble conducted by the renowned Iranian Armenian musician Loris Tjeknavorian will play the background music.

The screening is being held as part of the seasonal exhibition of the museum entitled “Christians in Iranian Cinema” and an Armenian pianist will also perform during the program.


Produced in 1933, “Haj Aqa, the Film Actor” was the second film by Oganians, who was an Armenian-Russian immigrant who later converted to Islam. “Aabi & Rabi” starring Mohammad Zarrabi and Gholamali Sohrabi was his first movie.


“Haj Aqa, the Film Actor” is the only film that has survived from the early period of Iranian cinema. It was copied in 1977 by the director of the Film Museum of Iran Jamal Omid. A screenplay of the film was published on the centenary anniversary of Iranian cinema in 2000.






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