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"How Green" becomes best documentary at Iran Cinema Celebration


Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran

"How Green Was Our Valley" scooped awards at the independent celebration of documentary cinema as part of the annual Iran Cinema Celebration.

The winners in the ten sections of the celebration were announced during a ceremony at Tehran's Eyvan-e Shams Theater on Tuesday.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the secretary of the celebration Farhad Towhidi made a short speech on the event and documentary cinema.

"With the current situation in Iran in which social cinema finds itself (in my belief) deliberately omitted, documentary cinema should step up and shoulder the responsibility," he said.

Documentarian Mehrdad Oskuii and documentary producer Javad Zahiri were honored at the ceremony.

Oskuii went on stage to receive his award. He said that he appreciated the veteran masters from whom he has learned including Rakhshan Bani-Etemad and Morteza Pursamadi. He said, "This is the most important moment of my life".

Oskuii presented his award to his wife Mandana Karami for her companionship and her patience.

Javad Zahiri mentioned that he already said what he wanted in a clip that had been screened at the event.

The awards were handed to the winners as per the following list:

How Green Was Our Valley

Iran, 2009, MiniDV - Color - 32'

Directed by: Fereshteh Joghataei
Screenplay: Fereshteh Joghataei
Photography: Touraj Aslani
Editing: Amir Adib Parvar, Fereshteh Joghataei
Sound: Amir Adib Parvar, Mahmood Khorsand
Producer: Touraj Aslani
Production: Hassan Aslani

Story description:
The water is rising and 63 villages on the way of a green Valley will be flooded and their residents must leave. There is a holy shrine in one of the villages and people are waiting for a miracle from the holy shrine.

Director Biographical note:
Fereshteh Joghataei born in Tehran in 1977. Graduated in Puppetry at Tehran Sooreh University, works as performer and designer of special effects, make-up artist, set and costume designer of different films. 

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