Cinema Verite to commemorate late Iranian doc. maker
Art and Experience:
The ceremony commemorating late Iranian documentarian Akbar Alemi will be held on the fifth day of the 14th Iranian International Documentary Film Festival known as “Cinema Verite”.
Veteran Iranian film scholar Alemi died of COVID-19 in October 2020 at age of 75.
“Father left,” his son, Ardeshir, wrote in a post on his Instagram account. “He was not only my father but he was the father of several Iranian generations. His influence will remain for many years.”
Alemi was the dean of the Animation Department at Tehran’s Tarbiat Modares University.
He helped the development of academic cinema during the years it was about to fade away in the country with his TV programs “Other Side of the Coin”, “Seventh Art” and “Beyond Cinema” during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Alemi was born in 1945 in Ahvaz and was a graduate of cinema from the Dramatic Art College. He continued his studies in England and got his Ph.D. in cinema.
He has written and translated many books and he worked as a jury member of several Iranian and international film and animation festivals.
He was also a member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature.
Alemi was one of the pioneers of documentary making in the country and presented modern methods in the documentary genre.
He had also written several books on photography.
The 14th Iran International Documentary Film Festival opened in Tehran on Dec 15.
This week-long cinematic event is underway totally online and will be wrapped up on December 22.
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The festival has several sections including the National, International, and Martyr Avini Prize, Entrepreneurship Documentary Competition, Coronavirus Special Section, Side Sections, and commemorations.
In the meantime, several expert workshops, master talks as well as masterclasses are being held on the sideline of this international cinematic event.