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"Nima Yushij" enters Fajr filmfest

TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- The feature-length film "Nima Yushij", a production of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) on the father of Iranian blank verse, Ali Esfandiari, is an entry to the First Time Director Section of the 25th Fajr International Film Festival, which is currently underway in Tehran.

"Nima Yushij", which was Esfandiari's pen name, was directed by Nader Kachuii.

"It has been produced based on his poems and a number of documents available on his life," producer Ali Maham told IRIB news on Thursday.

"The film depicts some important excerpts of Nima's life, which was full of dramatic events -- from the time he was employed in Tehran's Tax Office to the period he left Tehran for Babol and Astara and worked as a teacher in the chaotic political situation of the Constitutional Movement and the breakup of the Iranian parliament," he explained.

"The big-budget project would never have been completed if IRIB hadn't financed it," he noted.

The TV series "Nima Yushij", starring Esmaeil Mehrabi, Atash Taqipur, Fatemeh Gudarzi, Mohammad Kasebi, Hamed Komeili, and Ali Osivand, is scheduled to be screened on IRIB Channel 2 after the festival.

Nima Yushij (1896-1960), also known as Nima, was a contemporary Persian and Tabarian (a dialect of northern Iran) poet who is considered the father of Iran's blank verse.

He died of pneumonia in north Tehran's Shemiran district and is buried in his native village of Yush, near the city of Nur in Mazandaran Province.

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