Art and Experience: Yasser Khayyer’s ‘Slowness’ and Hesam Eslami’s ‘20th Circuit Suspects’ have won Crystal Simorghs at the documentary strand of Fajr Film Festival in Iran.

Hesam Eslami grabbed Crystal Simorgh for Best Documentary for his film ‘20th Circuit Suspects’ and Yasser Khayyer  gained Crystal Simorgh for Best Documentary Director at the latest edition of Fajr Film Festival for ‘Slowness’.

Meanwhile, ‘Fight Feast’ by Seyyed Vahid Hosseini won Crystal Simorgh for Best Technical or Artistic Achievement.

The closing ceremony of 35th Fajr Film Festival was held on Thursday with Crystal Simorgh awards given to best nominees in each competitive category of the event.

Fajr Festivals are held annually in Iran during the Fajr Decade (literally meaning ten days of dawn), which marks the anniversary of the ten days from the return of Imam Khomeini, founder of the Islamic Republic, to Iran (February 1) until the victory day of the Islamic Revolution (February 11) in 1979.

Established in 1982, the Fajr International Film Festival celebrates cultural exchange, displays creative achievements of highly acclaimed cineastes and pays tribute to local and international films.

Since its establishment, the Fajr Film Festival has played a vital role in the development of Iranian Cinema.