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Iran's war films to be screened in New York and London

TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Mehr News Agency) -- Five Iranian films in the Sacred Defense genre are scheduled to be screened during a program entitled "War in Iranian Cinema" in New York and London in February.

Iranians call the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war the Sacred Defense.

Iranian scholar and artist Asal Shakeri and film producer Fereshtah Ta'erpour have arranged the program, in which "Bashu, the Little Stranger" (directed by Bahram Beizaii, 1989), "The Legend of Love" (Farhad Mehranfar, 2000), "The Adult Game" (Kambozia Partovi, 1992), "Kimia" (Ahmadreza Darvish, 1995), "Gilaneh" (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Mohsen Abdolvahhab, 2005) will first go on screen from January 31 to February 14 at New York's ArteEast, a non-profit organization established in 2003 to present contemporary Middle Eastern artists to a wide audience in order to foster more complex understanding of the region's arts and cultures and promote artistic excellence.

"The aim of the organizers of the program is to show valuable assets such as childhood, love, ambition, friendship, and security, which were endangered by wars, leaving many innocent victims such as in Iran's eight-year defense against the imposed war," Ta'erpur told the Persian service of ISNA on Friday.

"The depiction of these stories through Iran's national cinema in a collection of timeless works has been highly regarded by the world's intellectual audience and it is expected that the trend will be developed by such programs," she added.

Due to the current international sensitivity to Iran, Ta'erpur believes that it is better if such cultural events are arranged independently.

This program is also slated to be held at London's Barbican Center from February 22 to 27. Rakhshan Bani-Etemad plans to attend the opening ceremony of the program.

Four episodes of the documentary "The Narration of Triumph" TV series, "Enamored of Love", "Recognition", "Living in the Clouds", and "Captive Waiting...", are also scheduled to be screened in the event.

In addition, the Barbican Center plans to a hold a symposium to review the documentary TV series.

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