Abbas Kiarostami, famous Iranian film maker, screened a documentary movie entitled "A Look to Tazieh" in Freiburg Festival.
Tehran, 24 June 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- On the sideline of 24th International Theater Festival in Freiburg, Germany, Abbas Kiarostami, famous Iranian movie director who is well-known for his documentary movies and has won several prizes in international film festivals so far, screened his latest documentary entitled "A Look to Tazieh".
Freiburg 24th International Theatre Festival, which is held from 15-25 June 2006 in Freiburg, Germany, will present productions addressing faith and religion, a theme which is gaining new significance as reflected in current discussions in today's society. This year, the festival had a special emphasis on acquainting the audiences with Islamic-influenced theatre tradition and the current Iranian theatre scene.
Tazieh or passion play is a traditional play in which Shiite Muslim mourn for the innocent martyrdom of Imam Hossein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and his followers in the battle of Karbala every year during the Arabic month of Moharam by depicting the scenes of the battle through the play.
Beside Kiarostami's movie, three other plays entitled "Only God has the right to wake me up" directed jointly by Mohammad Aghebati and Jalileh Heibatan, "A two in two meters war", directed by Nima Dehghan, and "The fact is that the sun rotates around the moon", directed by Siamak Ehsayi have also been performed during this festival.
Some other cultural programs such as lectures, poem citing, philosophical dialogues, international artist conferences, exhibitions, world graphic design congress, visiting the observatory of Freiburg, and introducing children's religious plays were also held during this festival.
In addition, German stage director Dieter Kummel directed a play based on one of the stories of Shahnameh, a book written by Ferdowsi, famous Persian poet of the 10th century AD, in which a number of Iranian performers took part.
In his opening address of the 24th International Theatre Festival in Freiburg, Gernot Erler, German Deputy Foreign Minister, hailed "the century-long cultural ties between Germany and Iran".
City of Freiburg in south of Germany, is a historical city which was introduced as the sister city of Isfahan last year considering their common characteristics.
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