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A different Iran in Hot Spots Festival

TEHRAN, Jan.27 (ISNA)-Two Iranian artists, Reza Abedini and Mohsen Namjoo were invited to take part in the 36th edition of the international Hot Spots festival, Rotterdam.

Concentrating on the discovery of talented film makers and gifted visual artists, Hot Spots scans the world in search for places where remarkable creative energy can be found.

The festival concentrates on Bucharest, Romania (Jan.26-29) and Tehran, Iran (Jan.30-Feb.2) as hot spots for this year.

Aiming at representing Iran, with an impression different from that given in the media, the festival has declared that Iran's youth culture though undeniably modern, is non-Western.

The Iranian graphic designer and Prince Claus award winner, Reza Abedini is to deliver a speech in the event, introducing his experiences by displaying 10 film posters.

Also the innovative artist, Mohsen Namjoo who has composed music inspired by traditional Iranian influences and rap music combined with the ultra modern "Blues", will be present in the event.

Another part of the festival is dedicated to the representation of special Iranian films like: "It's Winter" by Rafi Pitz, "Pilgrimage and Internet" by Reza Haeri, "Mr. Artist" by Kaveh Bahrami Moghaddam and "Tehran Has No Pomegranates" by Masoud Bakhshi.

The hosts of the festival believe Tehran to be the capital of one of the youngest countries in the world, with more than 70 percent of the population scoring under 30 years of age. Iran has an enormous energy and urge to express identity.

... Payvand News - 1/28/07 ... --

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