Industries & Festivals — April 24, 2012 at 6:45 am

Tunisia hosts the days of Iranian film

On Monday, an Iranian film week kicked-off at the Ibn Rachik Cultural Center in downtown Tunis.

Screenings for the showcased films will continue until Sunday April 29, and were organized by the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Preservation in collaboration with the cultural bureau of the Iranian Embassy.

A collection of sixteen movies is going to be screened during the event – including a number of award winning films.

In previous years, the Iranian film industry has been well-received internationally.

One example is the film A Separation, directed by Asghar Farhadi, which received critical acclaim – winning an Academy Award in February 2012.

The week would be devoted to maintaining and bridging cultural relations between Tunisia and Iran. The film week is intended to serve as an opportunity for cultural exchange, and to transcend linguistic barriers and cultural misconceptions.

Speaking at the event, the Tunisian foreign minister Rafik Abdessalem called Iran’s Cinema as a progressive one, adding that brilliant Iranian films are the outcome of Iran’s great civilization.

Iran’s foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi who’s on the visit in Tunisia spoke at the opening ceremony.

“Since the western films propagate corrupt immoral ideals, Iranian films are preferred by Muslims around the world; Tunisia’s revolution is another achievement for such a great civilization; Tunisia revolution is the mother of other ongoing regional revolutions and Tehran welcomes and supports the current democratic government, there,” he said.

“The Islamic culture has connected regional Muslim countries, including Tunisia and Iran; superiority of Iranian nation’s technology as well as its art are proven for the entire nations around the world; Tunisia welcomes the development of relations between the two countries in all fields,” Salehi added.

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