News ID: 324437
Published: 0334 GMT October 03, 2022

Four Iranian films to compete in Sharjah Int’l Film Festival for Children and Youth

Four Iranian films to compete in Sharjah Int’l Film Festival for Children and Youth

Arts & Culture Desk

Four Iranian films will compete in the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth.

Produced by Soureh Film Club, ‘Before Heaven,’ by Ahmad Heidarian and ‘The Needle’ by Yousef Ja’fari will compete at the Competition Section of the festival; ‘Sea Boys,’ by Afshin Hasehmi and Hossein Qassemi-Jami; and ‘Wolf Cubs of Apple Valley’ by Fereydoun Najafi, produced by Farabi Cinema Foundation, are in the lineup for Feature Film Competition Section of the festival.

The festival will take place from October 10 to 15 in the United Arab Emirates, IRNA reported.

The Sharjah festival is dedicated to enhancing the media literacy of children and youth, fostering children’s and youth’s creativity and showcasing the very best in filmmaking for, by and about children and youths.

The six-minute ‘Before Heaven’ is a lament for “all destroyed drawings” of Palestinian kids on their home walls.

In ‘The Needle’, two young, optimistic doctors are taken aback when they visit a village to vaccinate children only to find out that children are not aware of the dangers of disease and are scared of vaccines and needles. Still, their parents do not lift a finger to help their children get vaccinated. Things take an ugly turn when they are unable to even locate these children.

‘Sea Boys’ tells the story of two boys living on two opposite sides of the country with a shared story of losing one of their parents. The one living in the northern part of the country has lost his father and the one living in the southern part of the country has lost his mother. Both of them are in search of a substitute for the love of their lost parent.

‘Wolf Cubs of Apple Valley’ begins with a shot that rings out in the valley, and then Asho’s friend drops to the ground. The rifle’s bullet was meant for Asho; his father is wanted for murder and he, too, is being hunted. To evade those who are looking for him, Asho is forced to dress up as a girl and hide in his aunt’s house. In his hunt for answers, he heads out to Apple Valley with his cousin, Pari, to look for his mother, whom he has always believed to be dead.



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