The 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF) was held in Los Angles, California August 3-8, 2012. And the winners are:
Audience Favorire: The Iran I Remember - Director: Morteza Rezvani
Iran is an enigma in the West, where it is talked about but rarely understood. When I went there to attend a family wedding I took my camera ready to explore, learn, and document our journey. THE IRAN I REMEMBER is the echo of this journey to a homeland that I left so many years ago. It is the search for my own past intertwined with the history, culture, and literature of Iran.
Best Feature: Losing Her - Director: Dave Moutray & Shahaub Roudbari
Davis (Dave Moutray) joins a grief therapy group to get over the loss of his fiance, and interacts with a group of strangers sharing loss of a loved one. He gets to know Joe and Amy (Michael Toro and Kristine Geraloga), who lost their daughter, and Kallie (Kathreen Khavari) a young Iranian woman struggling with her loss in destructive ways. He finds comfort in their stories of grief, but his own story holds a devastating secret.
Best Feature Director: Emaeel Mihandoust - Film: A Very Close Encounter
A car accident creates a suspicious for the investigator to find out the cause and the events that led to the accident...while discovering deep emotional and personal relationships among the characters. It is about a friendship that goes sour as the story widens through the detective findings.
Best Documentary: Be Like Others - Director: Tanaz Eshaghian
In the Islamic Republic of Iran, a country with strict social mores and traditional values, sex-change operations are legal. Over twenty years ago, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa (religious edict) making sex change permissible for "diagnosed transsexuals."
Yet homosexuality is still punishable by death. Highly feminine and attracted to members of the same sex, yet forced to live in secret for fear of retribution, a generation of young Iranian men are adopting an identity legally allowed to them - transsexual.
Best Documentary Directory: Beate Petersen - Film: Nasseredin Shah and His 84 Wives
Women with moustaches, a self-indulgent king, an imperialistic England, and not at least, a beautiful calico cat, are the main actors in this documentary depicting the power struggles and intrigues in the Persian harem in the second half of the 19th century.
The documentary is an investigation into how things became as they are in Iran, but from a perspective that is all too often overlooked, namely, the influential role played by women in the political processes.
Best Story Idea: My City Pizza - Directory: Ala Mohseni
While a wide range of delicious and well-known traditional foods are available, yet Pizza is very popular in Tehran. This light-hearted, amusing, fast-paced document about eating habits in modern Tehran offers a kaleidoscopic view of the Iranian society. We see young people, old people, progressive and conservative Iranians who all divulge their identity via their standpoints with respect to the advancing Italian fast food; Pizza, in the capital.
Best Short Film: A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night - Directory: Ana Lily Amirpour
A girl walks home alone at night and a strange man starts to follow her...obviously something bad is going to happen.
Best Short Film Directory: Ana Lily Amirpour - Film: Pashmaloo
Farah and Nilou are opposites; Farah is from the US and Nilou was born and raised in Iran, and when they climb a remote hillside on the outskirts ofTehran to hang out and listen to music, their differences come to a head when Farah tries to explains why girls shouldn't be 'hairy'.
Selected films from Los Angeles will be screened at the following cities:
NFF Mission: The Noor Iranian Film Festival (NFF), a non-religious and non-political organization, is an international event, with the goal of educating and informing the non-Iranian community about the culture and heritage of Iranians around the world through the medium of cinema. The Festival also cultivates and promotes Iranian-American talent in Hollywood.
Noor Film Festival: www.noorfilmfestival.com
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