Art and Experience:Jury members of Interfaith Section of 34th Fajr International film festival were introduced by the secretariat of the festival including one Iranian and two international jury members. They are Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad, Magali Van Reeth, and Stephan Foerner.
Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad
Seyed Mostafa Mohaghegh Damad was born in 1946 in Qom in one of the noblest and most religious Shiite families. He entered to primary education of Qom Seminary (Hoze Elmiye Qom) until 1969 he could get “Mojtahed” (Priest). He passed most of his education under supervision of Master Morteza Ahmadi and passed Jurisprudence and analytic principles under supervision of grand Ayatollahs Amoli Larijani, and Morteza Haeri Yazdi and started teaching in Qom Seminary.
After B.A and M.A graduation from Tehran University in Islamic Philosophy and Law, he entered to International Law Section of French University of Levon of Belgium and in 1995 he got his PhD. In 1981, he was pointed as the head of Iran GIO and in 1986 he became member of professional board of Law School. In 1991, he became permanent member of Science Academy. Now he is professor of law faculty and head of Islamic studies of Science Academy and head of chiefs and scientific communities of several universities and scientific centers. He has written 16 books and tens of papers on law and philosophy of religion in English, Arabic and Persian.
He is permanent member of Academy and professor of Law in Shahid Beheshti University and he is , fluent in speaking Arabic, English, and Persian. He became best researcher in 1998, 2006, winner of first place of Jurisprudence , principles , Hadith and Quranic sciences international festival in 2009 for writing four volumes of grammar of Jurisprudence, one of the ten best researchers of Iran in 2009.
Some of his scientific records including member of scientific council of Grand Islamic Encyclopedia (since 1984), Professor and head of law department of Shahid Beheshti University (1986), Head of Islamic science and knowledge of Iran Science Academy (1991), member of jury board of experts without license and editor-in-chief of Science Academy Quarterly
Magali Van Reeth
Born in 1956 in France, Magali Van Reeth is the General Secretary of SIGNIS France and President of SIGNIS Europe. She is also journalist and film reviewer for the Signis website www.signis.net and for a network of French Catholic parishes and French Catholic Medias (radio, TV and magazines). Reeth is a board member of the Fipresci through the French Union of Journalistes de Cinema and member of different SIGNIS, Ecumenical and Fipresci juries since 2000.
She is also been member of SIGNIS juries in Amiens, Alba, Toulouse, Paris, Venice, Festroia, Mar del Plata and Ecumenical Juries in Karlovy Vary (2005), Locarno (2006), Berlin (2008), Erevan (2010), Kiev (2012), Cannes (2012). Signis representative at the inter-religious film festival Religion Today (Roma, 2007 and 2008). Member of the Fipresci Jury in Cairo 2008, Ankara 2013 and member of the Inter-Faith Jury at the Farj Film Festival in Tehran (2010 and 2014).
Film reviewer for Art, Culture and Faith website of the Diocese of Lyon, 2008-2013
Film reviewer for the Communication service of the Diocese of Lyon, 2003-2008
Press attaché for the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival 2002-2007
Film reviewer for the French Christian network of radios (FFRC) 1990-2002
Born in 1965 in Bamberg, Germany, Stephan Foerner studied catholic theology in Bamberg and Paris. He began his professional career in 1991 as a radio-journalist for the Archdiocese of Bamberg. In 1996, he was transferred to Archdiocese of Berlin as a radio-journalist. He later on became responsible for film in 1997 and press office in 2003 at Archdiocese of Berlin. Since 1997, Foerner has been a member of the catholic film commission for KATHOLISCHE FILMKOMMISSION FÜR DEUTSCHLAND.
He has served as a member of ecumenical jury in international film festivals such as Cannes, Cottbus, Berlinale, etc…
The 34th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will be held from April 20th to April 25th, 2016 in Charsou Cineplex, under the supervision of the well-known Iranian filmmaker, Mr. Reza Mirkarimi, who is also the Managing Director of Khaneh Cinema.