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Iranian Director Mehrjuii Honors Honest "Orange Dressed"

Source: Tehran Times

"The Orange Dressed" director Dariush Mehrjuii honored an honest sanitation worker with a cash prize during a ceremony at Tehran's Azadi Cinema Complex on Tuesday.

Dariush Mehrjuii (R) gives a cash prize to the honest sanitation worker Ahmad Rabbani

Ahmad Rabbani, a sanitation worker in the city of Bojnurd, returned a bag containing jewelry, credit cards, and documents worth about 10 billion rials (about $600,000) to its owner after he found it in a dumpster several weeks ago.

"I present a paltry 10 million rials (about $600) on behalf of the cast and crew of 'The Orange Dressed' to him and I hope all his colleagues and all people learn from him," Mehrjuii said during the ceremony.

Mehrjuii stated that he was surprised when he heard that the owner of the bag only offered Rabbani a reward of 200,000 rials (about $120).

"His response showed his nobility and I hope all thieves and cheating people learn from him. In view of his low income and financial difficulties, his response was really admirable," Mehrjuii added.

After the ceremony, the cast and crew of "The Orange Dressed" took photos with Ahmad Rabbani.

"The Orange Dressed" is about Hamed Aban, a photojournalist who decides to become a sanitation worker after reading a book on environmentalism.

Leila Hatami, Hamed Behdad, Mitra Hajjar, Homayun Ershadi, Omid Rohani, Ardeshir Rostami, and Kianush Gerami are the main members of the cast.

Employees of Tehran theaters screening "The Orange Dressed" wore the orange uniform of Iranian sanitation workers during the premiere of the film in early April.

"The Orange Dressed" brought Mehrjuii the special jury award at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival in February in Tehran.

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