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Derakhshandeh criticizes female filmfest

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Mehr News Agency) - Iranian filmmaker Puran Derakhshandeh has harshly criticized the organizers of Iran's First Female Filmmakers Festival, ISNA reported on Wednesday.

She asked why no film by Tahmineh Milani was screened during a festival that was supposed to be dedicated to female filmmakers.

Iran's First Female Filmmakers Festival was organized by the House of Iranian Women Artists and was held in Kish from January 14 to 18.

Derakhshandeh said that none of her films were screened either, adding that she has objections to the festival itself.

"It is not clear on what criteria the feature-length movies were selected," said the filmmaker, who was also a member of selection board for the short film section.

"Leila", "Sara", and "Banu" by Dariush Mehrjuii, "Bashu, the Little Stranger" by Bahram Beizaii, "Gilaneh", "The Blue Scarf", and "Narges" by Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, "The Mare" by Ali Jakan, "Hemlock" by Behruz Afkhami, and "Ten" by Abbas Kiarostami were also selected by a panel of critics as the top ten Iranian films with themes based on women's issues produced since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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