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First film premiere held at Qom Seminary

Source: Mehr News Agency; photos by Masoud Najafi, ISNA

Clerics and students of the Qom Seminary sat down to watch Homayun As'adian's film "Gold and Copper" for its first screening session.

"Copper and Gold" features the story of Seyyed Reza who travels to Tehran with his family where he finds out about his wife Zahra's disease. The movie received a new award named "Path of the Prophets" at the 28th Fajr International Film Festival last years.

A question and answer panel followed the screening where producer Manuchehr Mohammadi and actor Behruz Shoeibi discussed the movie with the audience.

Mohammadi expressed his happiness in being among the clerics and said, "We are living in the world where Muslims are introduced as a violent community. It is necessary to show that there is love, affection, and sacrifice among Muslims through our movies."

Actor Shoeibi regarded a cleric's role as a difficult task and said, "I played part of a cleric with whose life I was not very familiar. My first step was to get to know them well. To that end, I made several trips to Qom to become more acquainted with the role."

To the question asked about the title of the movie, Mohammadi replied, "Humankind has long tried to change copper into gold through the science of alchemy. The moral change of the main character in the movie is analogous to the transmutation of copper into gold."

Increased efforts must be made to present a better image of Shia clerics to the world and films like this one help to correct negative stereotypes.

A seminary critic also present the session continued, "The movie was one of the few that I have watched twice and enjoyed both times. The story is narrated smoothly and there is respect in it for the audience. Watching movies like this that treat religious themes appropriately are worthwhile.

The session was brought to an end with the presentation of several plaques of honor to the crew.


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