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Published: 0323 GMT December 02, 2020

Secretary: 14th Cinema Vérité postponed for eight days due to COVID-19 spread

Secretary: 14th Cinema Vérité postponed for eight days due to COVID-19 spread
Secretary of the 14th Iran International Documentary Film Festival (Cinema Vérité) Mohammad Hamidi-Moqaddam (R) and the director of the event’s public relations, Shahnam Safajoo, address reporters in an online press conference held in Tehran, Iran, on December 2, 2020.

Arts & Culture Desk

The 14th Iran International Documentary Film Festival, known as Cinema Vérité, which was earlier supposed to be held during December 8-15, has been postponed for eight days due to the COVID-19 spread, said the event’s secretary.

In an address to an online press conference also attended by the director of the event’s public relations, Shahnam Safajoo, on Wednesday, Mohammad Hamidi-Moqaddam added the festival will be held during December 15-22, IRNA reported.

Due to a spike in coronavirus infections in the Iranian capital, Tehran has been described as a red zone in terms of the number of the cases. As per a decision by the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, enforcement of stricter measures have begun in Tehran and other badly-hit parts of the country to curb the spread of the virus since two weeks ago, which have had positive outcomes.  

Hamidi-Moqaddam noted that in the aftermath of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, a large number of film festivals across the world were canceled, adding this comes as, a few months later, organizers of major international festivals decided to hold their events as cinema is still alive and life must go on.


Czech documentary


A documentary titled ‘Two Roads’ by Czech filmmaker Radovan Sibrt will be screened at Cinema Vérité.

The documentary explores the spirit of survival and wild lust for life against all odds, ISNA reported.

The film poses the question: What would you do if you knew that you had a limited time ahead of you, much shorter than an average lifetime?

The members of The Tap Tap, a music band made up of physically disabled students of Jedlicka Institute in Prague, answer the question with pretty clear ideas: They want to live and enjoy every single minute of this limited time.

The Tap Tap shows how to confront difficulties and obstacles and, above all, have fun in your life. The members of the band are strong personalities with a direct attitude toward life.

‘Two Roads’ has been selected to be screened in World’s Best section of the Iranian festival that will feature a selection of documentaries admired at international events in 2020.

The documentary received the audience award at the 23rd edition of the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (October 27-November 1) in the Czech Republic.

It also won the grand prix of the 11th Belgrade International Film Festival for and by People with Disabilities (BOSIFEST) in late October.

Earlier on Sunday, the organizers of Cinéma Vérité announced that the acclaimed documentary ‘Acasa, My Home’ by Romanian filmmaker Radu Ciorniciuc will be reviewed in the fest’s World’s Best section.

The film tells the story of the Enache family, comprising nine children and their parents, who had been living for two decades in a shack in the wilderness of the Bucharest Natural Delta, an abandoned water reservoir and one of the largest urban natural preserves in the world home to lakes and hundreds of species of animals and rare plants.

When the authorities decide to reclaim this rare urban ecosystem, the Enache family is evicted and told to resettle in the city — a reality they know nothing about.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Cinéma Vérité will be held online.

Over 20 films on COVID-19 by Iranian filmmakers will compete in a special section added to the upcoming edition of the festival as the organizers intend to attract attention to this disastrous disease.


Resource: IRNA
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