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Cinema Verite Festival kicks off in Tehran

TEHRAN , Oct. 13 (Mehr News Agency) -- The second edition of Cinema Verite Festival, Iran's prestigious event for documentary films, will open here on Tuesday and continue until October 19. Documentary films submitted by 86 countries will go on display in the Competition and the Non-competition Sections of the gala.

International Documentary Film Festival

Over 100 world-renowned documentary filmmakers from different countries will attend the festival.

The films are categorized into sections according to subjects: National Competition, Thirty Years Islamic Revolution, Rudaki: Father of Persian Poetry, International Competition, Our Galaxy, America: After America, Documentary-Experimental, and Crisis Documentary.

The festival will also hold sections featuring a look in retrospect at the prominent British cinematographer and documentary filmmaker Richard Leacock, the eminent Danish filmmaker Jørgen Leth and the independent Canadian documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick.

The second international film marketing session will be held at the Saba Art Cultural Center from October 15 to 17.

Some 20 countries and 18 Iranian film institutes will take part in the marketing session.

Peter Wintonick and Iranian filmmaker Nasser Golmohammadi will hold a workshop entitled "Media and Political-Social Documentaries" on the sidelines of the festival.

"Tribe-Concerned Documentary Cinema" workshop will be held by German academic Frank Heidemann and Iranian scholar Iraj Esmaeilpur Quchani during the festival.

The Finnish Documentaries Perspective will also be held during the festival.

The documentaries include "The Skiers" (John Webster), "Home Away From Home" (Marika Väisänen), "Magic Night" (Jouni Hiltunen), "Rapid Eye Music" (Tommi Seitajoki), and "The Pests" (Katja Lautamatti & Mina Laamo).

In addition, a delegation of eleven Finnish documentary filmmakers Inka Achté, editor Hanna Asunta, directors Mia Halme, Georg Grotenfelt, Jouni Hiltunen, and Marika Väisänen, as well as producer Sanna Kultanen.

Some Palestinian-themed films will also be screened on the occasion of sixty years of Palestine's occupation. The films are "Arthur Balfour and Me" by Charlotte Cornic, "Welcome to Hebron" by Terje Carlsson, "Drying Up Palestine" by Rima Essa and Peter Snowden and "Hope in a Sling Shot."

The festival will be held in Tehran's Felestine and Qiam cinema and also the Farabi Hall of Tehran University College of Art.

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