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02/16/16

Iranian films at Queens World Film Festival in New York

Source: Queens World Film Festival (QWFF)

The 6th Annual Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) returns to the Museum of the Moving Image(MOMI) in Astoria, Queens, NY, and three other venues, the Secret Theatre, PS 69 and All Saints' Episcopal Church from March 15-20, 2016.

144 films from 23 countries will be screened over 6 days including films from Iran, Haiti, Nepal, Germany, England and Finland. Featuring 29 world premieres, 22 US premieres, 38 feature length and 85 short films (Narratives, Documentaries, LGBTQ, Animation and Family friendly) with 29 filmmakers from Queens, 42 female directors and 30 female producers.

Four Iranian films will be screened at this year's festival: A Report About Mina (Documentary), Lima (Animation), My Sister's Photo (Short Narrative) and Oblivion Season (Feature Narrative).

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A Report About Mina

showtime: 8:00 pm | Friday March 18 | All Saints' Episcopal Church

Director: Kaveh Mazaheri
Iran, 2014, 54min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Documentary

Crew:
Producer: Kaveh Mazaheri - Screenplay: Kaveh Mazaheri, Pooyan Sholevar - Cinematography: Kaveh Mazaheri - Editing: Pooyan Sholevar - Music: Keyhan Kalhor - Sound: Hassan Shabankareh, Ahmad Afshar - Producer: Darvash Filmmaking Team

synopsis
Mina lives in the slums and ruins of Tehran and has decorated the ruined walls with items she has collected and she is the godmother of dogs, the homeless, the people of the street. This film is a narration of thirteen days of Mina’s Life, a sad thirteen days.

director
Kaveh Mazaheri was born 1981 in Tehran, Iran. An interest in cinema led Mazaheri to begin writing film criticism for Iranian magazines after graduating from college in 2004. His first short film, "Tweezers" (2007), was censored in Iran. To date, he has made three independent short films and more than twenty short and long documentaries for broadcast on Iranian television. His work has been officially selected by festivals in Iran including the Tehran International Short Film Festival and the “Cinema Verite” Iran International Documentary Film Festival. He is the editor and author of a great many projects aside from his own. Some of the films he has directed include "Soori’s Trip" (Doumentary, 2009), "Labyrinth" (Docudrama Series, 2013, 15 Episodes), and "Cockroach" (Fiction Short, 2015). His last documentary "A report about Mina" won “Sepecial Mention” prize and was nominated " " from "Yamagata Documentary Film Festival" (Japan-2015) , and won “Best film Expressionist Narrative” from "Black International Cinema Berlin" (Germany-2015).
Filmography


A report about Mina (Directed by Kaveh Mazaheri) - Official Trailer

filmmaker's note
When I was nine, my mother died. After I lost my mother, my father abandoned us, leaving my brother and I to fend for ourselves. 8 years later my father too passed away, and two years later, someone told me one day at a family gathering that he had once seen my father begging in the park. For all these years I have had a question in my mind: “why did my father end up in the streets and leave us behind, never coming back?” And Idecided to make a film about a homeless person. "A Report about Mina" is anattempt to root out the mystery of my father's life. When I met Mina, I realized that she must have the one I had sought for all these years. Mina is a woman living full of hope in a park in Tehran. I decided to go to Mina during the New Year’s holiday, when most Iranian people are having fun alongside their families and friends. I had been visitingMina’s place and talking to her and others there since six months earlier, and I had somehow become their friend. I turned on my camera and just tried to record my observations. I planned only to watch, without any interfering,hoping to find an answer about my obsession about my father. My obsession had a small change: I came to understand why Mina lives in such conditions without even trying to get out.

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Lima

showtime: 5:00 pm | Saturday March 19 | Secret Theater

Director: Afshin Roshanbakht & Vahid Jafari

Iran, 2015, 15min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Animation

Crew: Poppets, Sets , Animation : Afshin roshanbakht & Vahid Jafari - Music: Stein Thor

synopsis
Lima tries to remember his lost father by repeating the old memories, until he himself gets old.

director
Afshin Roshanbakht & Vahid Jafari meet up first at the University in 2008, and because of their same interest in stop motion Technic, they began our Joint work in 2009 in our personal workshop. their first experience in stop motion field was a short animated movie call "Lanti" and our second one "Lima" began in 2012 and ended in 2015.


Lima official trailer 2

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My Sister's Photo

showtime: 4:45 pm | Saturday March 19 | Museum of the Moving Image

Director: Narges Kharghan
Iran, 2015, 10min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Short Narrative

synopsis
A woman is forced to defend her sister's perceived character against tyrannical ideals.

director
Narges Kharghani: I'm a movie maker (Director, Producer and Writer). What I mostly make are short movies and the documentary ones. I am a Journalist and film critic too. Also I do painting some times. I love all kinds of art, maybe I will do another ones in future! My movies have been selected for many international film festivals like Italy, USA, Armenia, St Lucia, Germany, Belarus, UK And Canada festivals. I'm a member of Iranian society of film critics & writers in cinema home from 8 years ago. I''m member of Association of Iranian Journalists since 2009.


 My sister's photo-Trailer

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Oblivion Season

showtime: 7:00 pm | Tuesday March 15 | Museum of the Moving Image

Director: Abbas Rafei
Iran, 2015, 93min
Format: Digital
Festival Year: 2016
Category: Feature Narrative

Cast: Sare Bayat, Amin Zendeghani, Jila Alreshad, Human Kiaei
Crew: Cinematography: Alireza Barazande - Editing: Parham Vafaei - Music: Peyman Yazdaniyan - Sound: Abbas Rastegharpour - Production: Abbas Rafei - Set & Design : Rana Amini - Unit Production Manager : Razagh Mousavipour

synopsis
An ex-prostitute in Iran starts a new life by marrying her loved one, but leaving the shadow of her dark past is not as easy as it seems and to earn her freedom she must fight the masculine society.

director
Abbas Rafei was born in 1962 in Shiraz. he is graduated in cinematography from the university of television in dramatic literature . Abbas Rafei also established a film production company in 1995, when he produced his first movie named "Mina's secret". It has developed its activities for making many TV series, fiction and documentary movies. Until now, it has also cooperated with other movie-making companies all over the world. He has received a number of awards from the festivals all around the world.
Website Filmography


Oblivion Season - trailer
 

filmmaker's note
In Iran's today society making a film about prostitutes is a real challenge cause the society and government deny their very existence. Now it's much more difficult that your protagonist be an ex-prostitute. I tried to show a woman behind bars and fences all over today's Tehran, whom is trying to overcome all the intolerance and traditional and religious dogmatism in her society, to live and stay alive. A society which doesn't wish to let her forget the past. When this woman “Fariba” releases herself from her house that is actually her prison , she finds herself in a bigger prison that is the society. This is a true story , the scriptwriter used to have a neighbor like this and he told me when she ran away from her house nobody didn’t know where she went and what is she doing until now and then It was a motivation for me to make this true story a film that shows this kind of women’s issues in society. After this film has been released , the government didn’t give the permission for screening for this film because of the bitter realism that was inside the scenes of this film and showed the bitter truth of the society. In Iran's today society making a film about prostitutes is a real challenge cause the society and government deny their very existence. Now it's much more difficult that your protagonist be an ex-prostitute. I tried to show a woman behind bars and fences all over today's Tehran, whom is trying to overcome all the intolerance and traditional and religious dogmatism in her society, to live and stay alive. A society which doesn't wish to let her forget the past.

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