The Iranian Artists Forum (IAF) hosted the opening ceremony of the 6th edition of the Parvin Etesami Film Festival on Sunday after a one year hiatus. The festival, named in memory of the Iranian poetess Parvin Etesami, is in its 6th national edition this year. It was elevated to an international event last year.
Iranian actress Hengameh Qaziani cuts a cake during the opening ceremony of the Parvin Etesami Film Festival at the Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran on January 1, 2012. Filmmaker Mohammadreza Aslani (L), actress Elizabeth Amini (R) and an unknown cameraman are also seen in the photo.
The ceremony began with a message delivered by Deputy Culture Minister for Cinematic Affairs Javad Shamaqdari, in which he had regarded Parvin as the symbol of an Iranian woman.
He also called the festival a beautiful window opening toward Iranian cinema.
Jury chairman Mohammadreza Aslani next stressed that the Iranian cinema of today needs to promote dialogue in the society.
He said that the great number of Iranian female filmmakers is significant in the world, and, "This proves that our society is moving toward building itself and that the Parvin festival adds to the respect of Iran's cinema."
The documentary "A Season of Being" featuring a portrait of the poetess directed by Puran Saremi and produced by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) was screened next.
The ceremony was concluded with cutting a cake bearing an image of the festival's poster.
A collection of movies are expected to go on screen during the five-day festival including "Behind the Wall of Dream" by Saeid Nejati, "Crime in Silence" by Behruz Nurani, and "Eleven" by Shirin Barqnavard.
Parvin Etesami (1907-1940) was born in Tabriz and composed her first poem in the classical style when she was only eight years old. She received her high school diploma from the American Girls' School of Tehran and also taught at the school for two years.
Her poems focus on themes of social awareness and the human aspect of life with simple yet insightful allegorical elements. There are no signs of romanticism or feminism in her works, although she lived in the period when Iran was beginning to modernize.
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