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05/19/10

Shirdel awarded Italian Order of Merit

Source: Press TV


Kamran Shirdel

Renowned Iranian documentary maker Kamran Shirdel has been presented with the prestigious Italian Order of Merit for his contributions to art and culture.

Shirdel received the honor in a ceremony at the Italian embassy in Tehran. The Italian Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI is awarded for contributions in the fields of literature, arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities, Iran's Students News Agency (ISNA) reported on Monday.

Shirdel played an important role in introducing and promoting Italian neo-realism. He has also helped introduce Italian filmmakers of the 1960's and 70's, including Federico Fellini, Francesco Rosi, and Michelangelo Antonioni.

Born in 1939 in Tehran, Shirdel studied architecture and urbanism at the University of Rome and film direction at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome.

He worked as the assistant director of John Huston in The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966) before making his film, Gli Specchi (The Mirrors), in Rome. He started his career in Iran in 1965.

Shirdel is the founder of Kish International Documentary Film Festival (KIDFF) which used to be held annually in Kish Island in the Persian Gulf. He is also the managing director of Filmgrafic Co.
 

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