Art and Experience: Mohammad Khazaei, the director of the 15th International Resistance Film Festival (IRFF), has said that the festival is seeking to transform the overseas filmmakers participating in the event into art ambassadors for resistance movements.

“As a result of the Islamic Revolution, a national resistance movement was formed and developed in Iran before any other,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday.

“This can be considered as a role model for export to other countries,” he added.

He also said that the festival seeks to turn into a favorite haunt of those independent filmmakers whose films have been ignored by other international events due to censorship.

London-based Venezuelan TV producer and documentary director Luis Castro and several other foreign cineastes have been invited to attend the festival, which will be held in Tehran from November 26 to 30.

Syrian actress Salma Almasri, the star of Iranian director Seifollah Daad’s drama “The Survivor”, is also among the invitees.

A large number of feature and documentary films have been selected to screen at the festival.

“Take Off” by Mahesh Narayan and “Tiger Is Alive” by Ali Abbas Zafar that depict the true story of the rescue of 40 Indian nurses held captive by ISIS in 2014, will be competing in the event.

In addition, “I Am Rohingya: A Genocide in Four Acts” by Yusuf Zine from Canada, “The Occupation of the American Mind” by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp from America, “The Coming War on China” by John Pilger from Australia, “On a Knife Edge” by Jeremy Williams from America will also be screened in the documentary competition.

Source: Tehran Times