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Iranian cinematographers express their views on recent developments

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (Mehr News Agency) -- Seven Iranian cinematographers expressed their views on recent developments in their field to the Persian service of ISNA on Monday.

Asghar Rafiei-Jam believes that the field of cinematography has experienced a decline in Iran over the past few years and that the situation is getting worse and worse.

Mohammadreza Sokut stated, "I am one of those cinematographers who is not interested in being pessimistic because then I would not enjoy my job.

"I would like to develop in my career and make progress in this field. It would be good if we had better facilities in order to present better works."

He also believes that there are many problems in the field, pointing out, "There are not many cameras, the negatives are not good, and if they are, there are not many, so cinematographers must adapt themselves to the current situation."

Rasul Ahadi also mentioned the shortage of equipment, saying, "There is not much equipment available to us. There are only three cranes, which belong to the Farabi Cinema Foundation and the Art Bureau."

Ali Loqmani has the same view, explaining that if the obstacles are not removed, the problems will become worse.

"Everybody wants high-quality work, but as long as there is no equipment, it will not come true," he observed.

But Ali Allahyari praised the recent actions of Iranian cinema foundations, saying that the art of cinematography has developed in Iran and that good equipment has been purchased, which has been a great help.

"The government must support filmmakers, by allocating more loans to films so that high-quality works can be produced," he stated.

Nader Masumi expressed the view that equipment and ideas are the two interconnected factors in cinema, since good equipment is required to properly realize good ideas.

"If any cinematic work makes use of proper equipment, it would surely be able to more successfully present the work and attract a larger audience," he said.

However, Bahram Badakhshani thinks that it is too soon to comment on the status of cinematography in Iran.

"Since we are now discussing the cinema of the previous decade, we must wait some years to evaluate the cinema of this decade. Of course, if cinemas are not closed by then.

"We made progress over the past decade and have produced good works, and I hope this process will continue," Badakhshani said.

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