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Majidi calls Iranian cinema best cultural ambassador

TEHRAN, Nov. 22 (Mehr News Agency) -- Oscar-nominated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi believes that Iranian cinema has been a good cultural ambassador for Iran since the victory of the Islamic Revolution.

"Iranian cinema was able to attain a high status in the world," Majidi said during a meeting at the Iranian Embassy in Beijing on Tuesday.

Majidi has been in Beijing since early November shooting a short film for China's "Vision Beijing" project, which is to promote Beijing before it hosts the 2008 Olympic Games.

"I have often heard people say that they understood the true image of Iran after they were familiarized with Iranian cinema," he said referring to the fact that Iran is frequently depicted in a negative manner in many parts of the world.

"Cinema and culture are the mirrors of each country, and despite some limitations, Iranian cinema was able to introduce the noble Iranian culture to the world," he added.

It is an honor for Iran that its cinema has received more than 1200 prizes in international events over the past two decades, Majidi noted.

The Iranian filmmaker was invited to work on "Vision Beijing" by the Beijing Association for Cultural Exchanges with Foreign Countries, which is sponsoring the project.

Describing the short film he is making for the project, he said, "The message of the film is peace, security, and tranquility for the entire world."

Five world famous film directors, including Oliver Stone from the United States and Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore, have been selected for "Vision Beijing".

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