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Cineastes warn against marginalization of Iran's independent cinema

TEHRAN, Oct. 30 (Mehr News Agency) - A significant number of cineastes have warned against the marginalization of Iran's independent cinema. A group of 46 cinematic figures has announced their concern in a third statement recently released by the Filmmaking Society of Iranian cinema.

The following is the copy of the statement submitted to the Persian Service of ISNA.

"Dear fans of Iranian cinema. Theaters do not screen some of our films and most of the films now being screened within imposed limits. There is no special law supporting us. An attitude (not from among you or among us) is trying to keep you and us at a distance. This attitude seeks to dominate money and capital, and any filmmaker who does not make a movie under the auspices of this dominion, will be punished in their own special way.

"In the current situation, a reputable filmmaker and a decent movie alone are not sufficient reasons to allow a movie to go on screen. They want to eradicate independent cinema or at a minimum, they want to keep the movies in the film warehouse!

"Dear fans, we make these movies for you and for your enjoyment. Meeting with people of their choosing is the right of every filmmaker and likewise, it is the right of people to watch movies of their choosing, but the monopoly has blocked the way.

"If the process of producing, distributing, and screening movies does not improve in our film industry, and if economic and cultural justice is not enforced, we undoubtedly will see the elimination of Iran's independent cinema," the statement concludes.

Sirus Alvand, Bahram Beizaii, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Kambuzia Partovi, Nasser Taqvaii, Amir-Shahab Razavian, Kianush Ayyari, Abbas Kiarostami, Mehdi Fakhmizadeh, Asghar Farhadi, Manijeh Hekmat, and Abdorreza Kahani are among the filmmakers whose names are observed on the list.

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