Art and Experience A number of Iranian Muslims residing in the US organized a screening session of Iranian films that had participated in the third Ammar Popular Film Festival (APFF).

During the screening session of APFF films in California, feature film ‘Hengame’ was displayed shortly following the screening of the Regulator (Alamak).

APFF claims to have made possible access to films made by independent, truth-seeking producers and directors to those social classes that would not otherwise be given access to the films not only in Iran but also all around the globe.

This is not the first time that an APFF film has been screened outside of Iran. Previously, Italy, Bahrain, the Netherlands, Pakistan and Palestine hosted screening sessions of the film.

The screening was arranged at a family camp at Al Fatemeh Mosque in western California by a collection of 70 Shia Muslims.

‘Hengameh’ is the first fiction feature about the defenders of Harams – Iranian comrades who head to Syrian and Iraqi territories to defend the shrines of Shia imams.

Ammar Popular Film Festival is annually held on August 19, the anniversary of the 1953 coup in Iran against Dr. Mohammad Mosadegh, the then Prime Minister. The 2016 edition of the 3rd International Ammar Popular Film Festival garnered over 5,000 works by directors from 129 countries of the world, and will kick off on the 19th of August and run until August 25, 2016.