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FILM: "Last Queen" spotlights Afghan refugees' tribulations

TEHRAN, Feb. 6 (Mehr News Agency) -- "The Last Queen of the Earth", an Iranian film about the tribulations of Afghan refugees, was screened on Monday at the 25th Fajr International Film Festival, which is currently underway in Tehran.

Directed by Mohammadreza Arab, the film tells the story of an Afghan named Alibakhsh who is working in Iran. He has no way to find out about the situation of his wife and family back home. The U.S. threats to attack Afghanistan after 9/11 increase his distress and finally he decides to repatriate.

"The film was warmly welcomed by a group of Afghan people, who had seen it before," Arab said during the review session of the film held after its screening.

They called it one of the best films about Afghan refugees of the past 20 years, he added.

"The Last Queen of the Earth" is Arab's debut feature film. However, he had previously made several documentary series and films for IRIB.

The Alibakhsh role is played by Qorban Najafi, who previously appeared in the role of an Afghan refugee in Ahmad Talebinejad's "I'm Not Bin Laden".

"If I am to be typecast due to two Afghan characters, acting will never have value for me... (But) I'm not afraid of being typecast," Najafi said when asked about being given another role as an Afghan.

Ali Azadnia, Abdolvakil Nikbin, Asghar Hemmat, Vahid Negah, and Goli Akbari also star in the film, which was screened at the Brooklyn International Film Festival in June 2006.

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