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5/19/07

Samira Makhmalbaf at Cannes: I won't stop shooting!

TEHRAN, May.19 (ISNA)-Iranian woman director, Samira Makhmalbaf stated that she would go on shooting her latest film "The Two Legged Horse" despite the March 27 bombing that brought her film to a halt.


The Two Legged Horse (photos, Hana Makhmalbaf)

Written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf and directed by his daughter, Samira Makhmalbaf, the movie is a joint production by Makhmalbaf Film House and Wild Bunch Company.

A bomb exploded March 27 on the set of the film in the Baluch Khaneh district of Sarpol City in Afghanistan which resulted in severe injuries of six cast members and others.

Speaking at a press conference at the 60th edition of the Cannes international film festival, she discharged the possibility of not returning to Afghanistan to continue shooting her film.

She said there was a possibility that she may carry out the rest of the job in a neighboring country like Tajikistan.

During the conference, about 7 minutes of the incomplete film was represented to the audience, including the bombing scene that ended in wounding 6 actors and other related cast members as well as the horse.

"If the poor horse had not become the main target of the explosion then we would definitely have more human casualties," said Makhmalbaf.

Samira further added that she did not who was truly responsible for the incident.

"Who are the ones who do not want us to make this film? Who were the ones who stopped my father's film from representation in Rome film festival? Who are we challenging? We are what we think and cinema can't change what we think. I will not stop making this film," she asserted.

"I don't know when and where, but you can be sure that I will finish shooting this film. What has happened doesn't mean that I won't return to Afghanistan, even if a greater danger awaits me," she concluded.

"I hope they go to Tajikistan because I think Afghanistan is very risky. But I know that Samira and Mohsen are not afraid of taking risks. This isn't something we're discussing. It's something she will decide," said Vincent Maraval of Gallic film company Wild Bunch, which is co-producing with the Makhmalbaf Film House.

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