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Iranian film community stands by House of Cinema chief

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Head of Iran's House of Cinema, Mohammad Mehdi Asgaripour

Iranian film community announced their support for the head of Iran's House of Cinema, Mohammad Mehdi Asgaripour, who has been under fierce attack from Ministry of Culture.

ILNA reports that over 160 members of Iran's film industry issued a letter in support of Asgaripour saying: "To protect Iran's quality-oriented film industry and community, we stand by our elected executive director (head of House of Cinema)."

In the past days, following the 14th film festival of House of Cinema, authorities at the Ministry of Culture have lashed back repeatedly at green symbols worn by participants in the event and statements made during the ceremony by Asghar Farhadi in support of banned filmmakers.

Government restrictions on film community condemned at Iranian festival

The ministry accused the event of promoting the opposition, insulting the leadership and martyrs and of calling for the fall of the regime.

Head of the House of Cinema while questioning the competence of his critics, claimed all these contentions to be "pure lies" and has demanded a fact-finding committee to examine the issue.

Mohammad Mehdi Asgarpour
Born in 1963, Tehran. Graduated from I.R.I.B faculty. He started filmmaking by making a 16mm titled. "The friend's letter" in 1987 and the next yea, he joined Farabi Cinema Founded (FCF) as a member of the cultural section. He was responsible as the director of war section of FCF and then other different positions, such as deputy at Experiment of Cinema of Iranian Ministry of Culture, director of Children and Youth Group of I.R.I.B Channel 2, deputy manager of I.R.I.B Channel 2and managing director of FCF.

Besides, he was a teacher at I.R.I.B faculty and director of 20th and 21st editions of Fajr Intl' Film Festival, 16th and 17th editions of Isfahoan Intl' Festival of Films for Children & Youth and the 9th edition of Iranian Cinema House Awards. His debut feature film was "Flight to Infinity" (1991). His second feature film titled "The scared Footsteps", was acclaimed by the audience and the critics and won various prizes.

He has recently finished his third feature film, "Climates", and is currently working as the head of the Artistic Department of the Cultural Section of Tehran Municipality.

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