30 documentaries to vie for Avini Awards at Cinéma Vérité
Art and Experience: A lineup of 30 documentaries will be competing for the Avini Awards at the 14th edition of the Cinéma Vérité festival, Iran’s major international festival for documentary films.
The award has been established by the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC), which is the main organizer of the festival, to commemorate the martyr Morteza Avini, the writer and documentarian who chronicled the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war known as the Sacred Defense in Iran.
Documentaries on the Islamic Revolution, the Sacred Defense and resistance in the region will be competing for the award.
1-“We Came You Were Not” by Mohammad Hossein Khosh Bayan
2- “Bistodo Bistodo” by Foroud Avaz-Pur
3-“More than My Mother” by Alireza Baghsheni, 4-“Virtual Flags” by Hassan Jafari,
5-” Blood Merchants” by Vahid Hadavand
6-“Birth of a Tragedy” by Hojjatollah Edalatpanah
7-“Fish Island” by Reza Azamian
8-“Javad’s World” by Seyyed Sadeq Qaforian
9-“Immigrant Swallows” by Hassan Jafari
10-“Chamar of Solde” by Qodrat Baqeri
11-“Hossein Malat” by Hossein Homayoufar
12-“Forsaken Homes” by Mohammad-Reza Abbasian
13- “Dez Is Still Passing Through My City” by Amin Qadami
14- “Red Handkerchief” by Hossein Assadzadeh
15-“Delandarva” by Amir Pazirofteh
16-“Raziyeh and Mansour” by Sajjad Qanbari
17- “General” by Mohammad Talebi
18-“Gamble” by Seyyed Mohhad Mahdi Zezfouli
19-“Aziz Qoli” by Seyyed Javad Hadi Asl
20- “Cross” by Ahmad Rahmanian
21-“Squadron of One” by Dariush Yari
22- “The Report of Riot” by Mohammad-Reza Givehchian
23-“Ramadi Report” by Ali Mohammad Zolfaghari
24-“Ma Chand Nafar” by Seyyed Nematollah Esmaeili
25-“Japanese Mohsen” by Vahid Faraji
26-“Maki, a Man from Arbaein” by Habib Ahmadzadeh, Hossein Ali Roshankar, Mehrdad Afrasiabi
27-“Suddenly” by Ali Nikhbakht
28- “Nafas Khar” by Mohammad Mohammadi Seresht, Ali Salmani
29-“Eighteen Thousand Feet” by Mahdi Shah Mohammadi
30-“One Friday” by Mahdi Hojjat-Panah
Morteza Avini, the acclaimed documentarian who was martyred by a landmine in 1993 when he was making a documentary about soldiers who were still listed as missing in action in the former Iran-Iraq war zone in southwestern Iran.
Avini rose to fame for “The Narration of Triumph”. He was considered a “master of martyred writers” by his colleagues and war veterans due to the fervent narrations he wrote for his documentaries.
Cinéma Vérité also plans to review a selection of documentaries acclaimed at 2020 international events across the world in a special section named “World’s Best”.
A number of top Iranian and international documentarians and critics will be holding online workshops and panel discussions during the festival.
The international figures include Betsy A. McLane, Bill Nichols and James Bertrand Longley in addition to famous Iranian documentarians Mehrdad Oskui and Farhad Varahram.