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Jiroft Ancient Sites Go on Air with Arte Channel

Jiroft, 2 Feb. (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) -- A 90-minute documentary is being produced by Arte channel about the ancient areas in Jiroft.

A team of French documentarists put up their camp on Saturday, January 29 in this ancient city, 200 km south-east of Kerman, and are to stay there until February 26, during which time archeologists' researches are continued around "Konar Sandal" A and B hills.

This documentary which will be on air in the bilingual (French and German) TV channel ARTE is about the archeological researches and its outcomes in recent years in Jiroft which astonished the archeologists worldwide. The film includes the biography and researches of Dr. Yusef Majidzadeh, head of Jiroft Board of Archeologists; As well as generally introducing Iran to Europeans and Americans.

The French director of this documentary, Olivier Julien, who traveled to Iran recently to estimate the existing facilities and conditions hopes his travel to the area for the second time will turn out to be fruitful. He said he didn't have any prejudgment about what he would face in his travel to Iran.

"In 2001, around two years before the news about illegal excavations in Jiroft was broken, I started the research and study about the area and met Professor Majidzadeh in Nice, France, and discussed the subject with him," Julien told CHN.

Answering the question about why he has chosen this subject, he said, "Important issues were considered in this choice, but the most important one was the outcome of excavations in Jiroft regarding architecture and the discovery of relics that are unprecedented in the history of archeology."

Julien predicts that his film would be ready by next summer, most probably by July, 2005. Considering the length of the film, he said, "A one- hour film was supposed to be produced, but the present screenplay demands more time. This is regarding the fact that this screenplay was prepared according to the last year's findings and, considering the new discoveries, some parts of it should be rewritten, therefore the length of this documentary would be about one to one and a half hour."

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