TEHRAN, July 23 (Mehr News Agency) -- UNICEF paid tribute to the production crew of "Mana" in a ceremony held at Tehran's Honar Cultural Center on Monday. Directed by Alireza Razzazifar, "Mana" features a story of a schoolgirl who has AIDS and the many problems she encounters at school.
Alexander Nitzsche, UNICEF Iran's Chief of Communication, Experimental Documentary Film Center (EDFC) managing director Mohammad Afarideh, the Iranian UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mahtab Karamati, and head of the AIDS department of Iran's Ministry of Health Abbas Sedaqat attended the ceremony.
Sedaqat was the first to address the attendees and said, "What influences the issue of AIDS in our country are the erroneous beliefs that the society holds about this disease. It takes time to change these incorrect beliefs and the medium of cinema and television can be of tremendous help."
"A major note on AIDS in the world is the issue of discrimination which was portrayed in 'Mana' very well. I hereby express my congratulations to all the production crew of the movie and strongly encourage the filmmakers who would like to produce more films on this subject," he continued.
Alexander Nitzsche was the next who spoke, saying, "The movie 'Mana' is of great value for UNICEF. It demonstrates how one can combine education with art and gain access to entertainment. Over the past few years, educational entertainment has been the means to improve negative behaviors and has had good results. 'Mana' is an excellent example of this kind of entertainment."
Nitzsche further expressed his thanks to the EDFC and the Visual Media Institute who produced the film, and added, "The movie is a concrete example of teaching social behavior so that people can watch others' behaviors and learn how to make changes within themselves. Cinema has the power to create such an example through characters and convey the correct message to the viewers."
The ceremony ended with handing plaques of honor to the director, the crew and the cast.
Armita Moradi, Maryam Kaviani, Negar Abbasi, and Mohammad-Ali Sareban were among the cast attending the ceremony. Also among the participants were the cinematographer Masud Salami, sound recorder Mehran Malakuti, stage and costume designer Foruzan Jalilifar, and make-up artist Maryam Dusti.
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