Art and Experience: Tehran’s Kurosh Cineplex arranged a special screening on Thursday evening of “Standing in the Dust”, a biopic on Iranian IRGC commander Ahmad Motevasselian who was kidnapped by the Zionist regime in 1982 in Lebanon.

A large number of cineastes, Motevasselian’s family and comrades as well as some families of the martyrs of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war attended the screening program, Persian media reported on Friday.

In her brief speech before the screening, Narges Abyar, director of Track “143”, a film about the great maternal sacrifice in the war, pointed to the effect of the war on the lives of people.

“War has always been an event to raise great men. It provides the conditions to become acquainted with the deep spiritual concepts and the meanings of death and martyrdom. Motavasselian and (martyr Mohammad Ebrahim) Hemmat are among those great men, and this film helps remove the dust off their faces to see their real images,” she said.

Actor Babak Hamidian called the film an abstract of his dreams and expressed his willingness to play in Mahdavian’s next projects.

In his remarks, Haj Abbas Barqi, one of the comrades of Motavasselian, also said that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has watched the movie and liked it.

Actor Hamid Farrokhnejad thanked actor Hadi Hejazifar for beautifully portraying Motavasselian in the film.

For his part, Hejazifar also hoped the audience would like the film and said, “I made my best efforts to portray Motavasselian and expect the audience to support us if they have liked the film.”

“Standing in the Dust” produced by Habib Vaalinejad won the Crystal Simorgh for best film at the 34th Fajr Film Festival, Iran’s most prestigious event in the motion picture industry, in February 2016.