In a letter to President Rouhani, the Iranian Cinematographers’ Guild Association explained the problems and damages to their occupations in the face of the coronavirus and the closure of cinemas for several months, IRNA reported.
So far, more than 40 percent of the country’s annual cinema industry revenue has been lost. More than 5,000 employees in the country’s cinemas are in limbo, and there is no clear future for them in the coming days, the letter reads.
In today’s world, the value and status of cinema and cinematography in the cultural affairs, lifestyle and social vitality of citizens is not hidden from anyone, the letter continues.
According to Mohammad Mehdi Tabatabaei-Nejad, the deputy head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance’s Organization of Cinema and Audiovisual Affairs said on Tuesday that the country’s current conditions will not make the reopening possible.
Iranian cinemas will not reopen unless the National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting the Coronavirus approves it, the official said.