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Photos: Iranian House of Cinema reopens after forced shutdown

Photos by Hamidreza Dastjerdi, ISNA

Iran's House of Cinema

The Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) in Tehran reopened Thursday September 12, Iran's National Cinema Day, after about a two-year forced shutdown ordered by the Ahmadinejad's Culture Minister. The cheerful ceremony, held at the hall of the IHC in the morning, was attended by groups of jubilant cineastes.

Iran Cinema Organization Managing Director, Hojjatollah Ayyubi, who is also the deputy culture minister for cinematic affairs, announced the reopening in press release on Tuesday.

Ayyubi held a press conference at the event to elaborate on holding an emergency session of IHC's General Assembly and election.

The IHC, which is the guild of Iranian cineastes, was disbanded by the former minister of culture and Islamic guidance, Mohammad Hosseini in early January 2012.

Hosseini had accused the IHC officials of establishing the guild without legal formalities and "other illegal acts".

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