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Farabi to produce film on tragedy of Iran Air Flight 655

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Iran's Farabi Cinematic Foundation will be producing a movie on downing of Iran Air Flight 655 by the U.S. battleship Vincennes in the near future.

Iran Air Flight 655 downing anniversary in Persian Gulf

In 1996, the United States and Iran reached "an agreement in full and final settlement of all disputes, differences, claims, counterclaims" relating to the incident at the International Court of Justice. As part of the settlement, the United States agreed to pay US$61.8 million, an average of $213,103.45 per passenger, in compensation to the families of the Iranian victims. However, the United States has never admitted responsibility, nor apologized to Iran.

Entitled "An Elegy for a Friend", the movie is due to be directed by filmmaker Saeid Asadi; and producer Qasem Qolipur is scheduled to take helm of the project, the Persian service of Fars News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes shot down Iran Air Flight 655 over the Persian Gulf on July 3, 1988, killing all 290 passengers and crew members, including 66 children.

The U.S. government refused to apologize for the incident, claiming that the crew had mistaken the Iranian Airbus A300 for an attacking F-14 Tomcat fighter.

Iran Air Flight 655 downing anniversary in Persian Gulf

The final screenplay written by Asadi was handed to Farabi Managing Director Ahmad Mir-Alaii here on Monday, the report added.

The report has provided no more details on the project yet.

Every year, Iranian officials and citizens gather near the site of the incident in the Persian Gulf to remember the victims by throwing flowers into the waters of the sea.

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