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Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Criticizes West's Sanctions On Iran At Venice Film Festival

Source: Tehran Times

Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad criticized the U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran during a press conference for her latest film "Tales" at the 71st International Venice Film Festival on Thursday. She said that the embargos "actually penalized the people in the country," AP reported.

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad

Children with cancer and those who are suffering from very severe diseases like multiple sclerosis are the main target of the sanctions, she added and asked the West to lift the embargos.

The main members of the cast for "Tales", Habib Rezaii and Peyman Moadi also accompanied Bani-Etemad in her trip to Venice.

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“The condition of women in Iran is that, despite their social and political position, they are resisting. Iranian women are winning,” Bani-Etemad told reporters. She also said that despite being potentially controversial, she was confident that “Tales” would get distribution in Iran.

The film features mostly female characters from Banietemad's previous works, people who represent different layers of Iranian society.

It is competing with nine other films for the Venice Golden Lion in the International competition section.

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