News ID: 274551
Published: 0335 GMT September 22, 2020

Five Iranian cineastes honored in Resistance International Film Festival opening ceremony

Five Iranian cineastes honored in Resistance International Film Festival opening ceremony

The commemoration of five Islamic Revolution and Sacred Defense cineastes, Khosro Sinai, Hadi Meshkat, Hossein Fahimi, Homayoun-Reza Atarodi, and Gholamreza Jannatkhah-Doost was held in the opening ceremony of the 16th Resistance International Film Festival (RIFF) held in Tehran.

Several high-ranking officials including Deputy Commander of Iran’s Basij (Volunteer Force) Brigadier General Mohammad-Hossein Sepehr, Brigadier General Shahin Taqikhani, head of the festival Mehdi Azimi-Mirabadi, head of the Public Relations and Information Center of the festival, Ahad Mikaeilzadeh and martyrs’ families and several reporters attended the ceremony.

Addressing the ceremony, Sepehr described the Sacred Defense as one of the most important issues in the past 200 years.

He added the treasure of the Sacred Defense has come to us, hence we and all freedom-seeking nations can utilize this treasure and announce its message to the whole world.

“We must convey the cultural and artistic message of the Islamic Revolution and resistance to the world. We must build the best cultural works in the Islamic Republic and our cinema must be the language of resistance, epic and sacrifice of the martyrs” Commander Sepehr added.

“We have stood in front of the world with empty hands and no incident in the last two hundred years has been more important than the years of Sacred Defense,” he concluded.

In the meantime, Azimi said the event has been highly welcomed by a huge audience.

He also hailed the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for safeguarding the Islamic Revolution.

Azimi also urged officials to do their best in forging unity in the country and safeguarding the Islamic Revolution.

Sinai was a director, screenwriter, and documentary filmmaker, with a degree in directing and screenwriting from the Iranian Academy of the Arts and has a degree in music theory from the Vienna Conservatory.

Between 1941 and 1942, he made the documentary, ‘Lost Lament,’ about the immigration of thousands of Poles to Iran and received the award of the Knight Cross of Poland from the then Polish president.

One of the most important films of Sinai was ‘Bride of Fire,’ which won him the Crystal Simorgh for Best Screenplay from the Fajr Film Festival.

‘Colorful Island,’ ‘Blood Desert,’ ‘Like a Tale,’ ‘Conversation with the Shadow,’ ‘Carpet, Horse, Turkmen,’ ‘Autumn Alley,’ ‘In the Alleys of Love,’ ‘Friend at Home,’ ‘Lost Lament,’ ‘Inner Monster,’ ‘Long Live ...’ and ‘Tehran Today’ were some of Sinai’s works.

Sinai also had a remarkable record in the field of documentaries. ‘History Narrators,’ ‘Witnesses of History,’ ‘Songs of Silence,’ ‘Winning Plan,’ ‘Between Shadow and Light’ were some of his documentaries.

Sinai died in August 2020 due to COVID-19.

Meshkat immigrated from his hometown, Kerman Province, to Tehran at the age of 30. He was a cinematographer for more than 323 films. He also produced the film, ‘Border,’ which was written by Sirus Alvand and directed by Jamshid Heydari. His second film was ‘Vultures Die’.

‘Train’ and ‘Eagles’ Nest’ were among Meshkat’s works with the theme of Sacred Defense. Meshkat died at the age of 90 on November 13, 2015, due to kidney and respiratory problems.

Fahimi, a war-disabled veteran, with 70 percent injury and a member of the faculty of Soore University, had lost one arm and one leg during the Sacred Defense.

He was born in Shiraz in 1964 and held a bachelor's degree in cinema from the University of Tehran, Faculty of Fine Arts, a master’s degree in dramatic literature from Tarbiat Moddares University, and a doctorate in art research from the University of Tehran.

Fahimi’s works were ‘The Environment of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad,’ ‘Ten Documentaries on Mosques and Cultural Activities in Fars Province,’ ‘Short Documentaries on Morning TV,’ ‘Documentary on the Funeral of the Martyrs of Shiraz,’ and a documentary on the founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.

Atarodi began his musical activities in 1987.  He started his professional career in cinema in 1993 and worked as a composer in the movie ‘Ambassador Driver’. He also had worked as a composer in several series including ‘237 Grams’ and ‘Cannibal’.

In 2002, he received the award for the best music video for ‘The Width of Love’ from the 9th RIFF.

He was the composer of several other films including ‘Philadelphia,’ directed by Ismail Rahimzadeh and Mojtaba Assadipour; ‘Girls,’ by Qassem Ja’fari; ‘Behind the Fog,’ by Parviz Sheikh-Tadi; ‘Chori,’ by Javad Ardakani, ‘The Last Battle’ and ‘The Man Came,’ by Hamid Bahmani, ‘Reverse Effort,’ by Ali Asgari; and ‘One Night a Stranger,’ by Hossein Qassemi-Jami.

He died in August 2020 due to the coronavirus disease.

Jannatkhah-Doost began his career in 1968 by directing several television documentaries. He took effective steps by producing and making documentaries about war and became one of the well-known figures in this field.

He was a record-breaking documentary-maker with more than 13,000 minutes of war documentaries. The director has dozens of documentaries on Sacred Defense, including ‘Maeda’.



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