TEHRAN – Iranian director Amir-Ali Mirderikvand’s “Sfumato” won the award for best public educational value at the Archeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
This docu-fiction is about a modern rural family in Iran with two teenage boys. Their daughter and eldest child, Fatemeh, help them a lot in their daily lives, but repeatedly face difficulties and obstacles, mainly resulting from the confined gender roles that are imposed on girls in their society.
In the process of documenting these challenges, the film explores Iranian culture, the role of children in Iranian family dynamics, and the role of women in Iranian society.
It shows how a family breaks free from these traditional constraints by encouraging their daughter in her efforts to obtain a license and ride a motorcycle.
âSfumatoâ also won honorable mentions for inspiration and music.
Several other Iranian films also received honorable mentions in various categories of the festival, which ended on June 27.
“Sarevo” directed by Mohammad Abdollahi received honorable mention in the Best Narration category.
The documentary is about Saeid and Abdollah, two rural Iranian teenagers who have decided to revive a camel farm in a remote area near the Iran-Afghanistan border.
The purpose of this documentary is to show the efforts and solidarity of two peoples who strive to improve their lives by removing divergent ideologies.
“Sarevo” also received an honorable mention for music.
Directed by Mohammad Abdollahi, “Dehsalm” won an honorable mention for cinematography.
Located in southeastern Iran, Dehsalm is the closest village to the Lut Desert, about 80 kilometers southwest of the city of Nehbandan. It is one of the hottest places in the world, but it is full of natural beauties, such as the palm trees on which people congregate and eat dates.
Dehsalm’s history, culture and customs are told by the oldest person in the village, 100-year-old Gholam Marvi, who discusses important topics, such as wedding rituals, trade and the aqueducts that are part of the town.
“Riddle of the Bones: Gender Revolution” by German directors Birgit Tanner and Carsten Gutschmidt was named best film.
Photo: âSfumatoâ by Iranian director Amir-Ali Mirderikvand.
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