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5/14/07

Niki Karimi writes open letter on "One Night" screening

TEHRAN, May.14 (ISNA)-Multi award winning Iranian actress and newly director, Niki Karimi has written an open letter to the cinematic deputy of Iran's ministry of culture and Islamic guidance. Karimi has written the letter about the undefined situation of screening her first feature film "One Night" (2004) in Iran.

The movie was represented in more than 8 international film festivals, including the international Fajr film festival here, the 2005 Cannes film festival, Munich and Toronto film festival and the Osian's Connoisseur film festival.

The letter goes as follows:

"To the respected cinematic deputy of ministry of culture and Islamic guidance,

Calling for public justice and opinion in order to resolve a professional question is the last option for an artist. This is the option I choose in hope to resolve the question concerning my film that has not yet been screened even after three years of its production date.

According to all the existing documents and evidence "One Night" has been through all the legal procedures and has no ambiguous points. The film has also been represented at the Fajr film festival and other prestigious international festivals. Under such clear circumstances, the supervision and evaluation general office still refuses to ensure a screening license for the film. This movie is not to unbalance the sales record of other movies nor is it in contrast with the cinematic standards of today. The film was made three years ago based upon an idea that was formed then, but if the social standards and criterions have changed today, it would not be too hard to clearly announce the impossibility of screening the movie.

It is not too great an honor for me to make banned films, and I don't gather that announcing a permanent disqualification on the film would mean the defeat and incapability of your managers. Though I know "One Night" is neither the first nor the last film of this bulky profile.

"One Night" will finally be screened one day and I am pretty sure about that. What accumulates in between is the ambiguity in the artist-people relationship. Clearing up these dark points is what seems to be your first responsibility.

This letter was written solely for people's judgment and historical remembrance, nothing less or more.

Niki Karimi
May 2007"

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