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Giants of Iranian cinema to promote national carpet industry

TEHRAN, Apr. 9 (Mehr News Agency) -- The art advisor of the director of Iran's National Carpet Center has announced that fifteen prominent Iranian filmmakers are to make short films to introduce and help market Iranian carpets, IRNA reported on Sunday.

Manuchehr Mohammadi said that each filmmaker is to describe Iranian carpets in less than twenty words in a five-minute short film.

Ebrahim Hatamikia, Abbas Kiarostami, Dariush Mehrjuii, Majid Majidi, Bahram Beizaii, Kamal Tabrizi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Khosro Sinaii, Mojtaba Raei, and Behruz Afkhami are among the filmmakers who will be participating in the project.

Several meetings with the directors have been held, and they have agreed to participate, Mohammadi explained.

All expenses will be paid by the carpet center, he added.

The national consensus on the need to support the hand-woven carpet industry is the main motivating factor for the filmmakers in this major project, he said.

Project administrator Reza Mirkarimi said that the project is tentatively scheduled to begin next month and continue for four months.

Sinaii has completed shooting his film and is now editing it, he added.

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