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Documentaries by seven blind Iranian women ready for screening

TEHRAN, Sept. 24 (Mehr News Agency) -- Seven blind Iranian women finished making documentaries on their lifestyles, the Experimental and Documentary Film Center (EDFC) announced in a press conference in Tehran on Saturday.

Mohammad Shirvani, the project manager, Pejman Lashkari, the center's deputy for art and culture affairs, Shahnam Safaju, the center's public relations officer, and the seven women attended the conference.

Shirvani thanked the center for sponsoring the project, saying the job, due to its high cost, would not be accomplished without the center's support.

"The documentaries will be shown at the International Fajr Film Festival (in Feb. 2007)," he vowed.

According to him, the women were selected out of 50 volunteers from Tehran's White Cane Charity Foundation.

"I trained them directing and story writing during crash courses as they had no filmmaking background," said Shirvani, however adding all of them are very active in different fields of art and sports.

Sara Parto, Banafsheh Ahmadi, Narges Haqiqat, Shima Kaheh, Mahdis Elahi, Shokufeh Davarnejad, and Naghmeh Afiat made short documentaries on their personal lives by the sound-based recording.

The works reflect the filmmakers' recognition of their surroundings and they were not allowed to ask for help and to make use of the regular lighting, said the project manager.

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