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Iranian film director Kia-Rostami stages Karbala passion play in Rome

A passion play based on Karbala incidents and the campaigns launched by Muslim warriors at the early years of Islam, which was directed by the renowned film director Abbas Kia-Rostami, was staged in the Italian capital city of Rome on Wednesday evening, IRNA reported.

The play which was organized by Rome Theater is performed in Rome Oriental Theater and will be staged for 24 more days.

Kia-Rostami's passion play is four hour long and its cast includes 15 Iranian actors, two children and several horses.

Given Kia-Rostami's fame in Rome, a variety of cultural, artistic and university figures attended the inauguration of the performance.

Kia-rostami told IRNA that his incentive in staging the play is his great enchantment to theater since childhood and expressed his wish to introduce the traditional Iranian arts and observe the reaction of Italians to such historical events.

He stressed that such traditional plays with a minimum background of 1,000 years are a part of Iran's history.

Concerning his approach towards cinema and theater, he said that the two fields are quite different. He noted, "One might say that theater is similar to a fresh fish, while cinema can be assimilated to canned sea-food.

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