DEFC’s HE in Visions du Reel Int’l Short Film Competition

The documentary HE, a production of Documentary and Experimental Film Centre (DEFC) and directed by Sam Kalantari will be screened at the Compétition Internationale Courts Métrages (int’l short film competition) of Nyon International Film Festival, aka Visions du Reel.
Originally titled Ghalehassankhan’s Mannequins, the film will compete with fellow Iranian documentary The Rock for the prestigious award of the festival.
Visions du Réel (Visions of Reality) is an internationally renowned documentary film festival held in April each year in Nyon, Switzerland. Established in 1969 as the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, the event adopted its current name in 1995 and is the largest Swiss documentary festival.
At its inception, the festival promoted Swiss films and films that were otherwise inaccessible — that is, those created in the Eastern Bloc countries behind the Iron Curtain. Now open to worldwide entries, the week-long festival has been directed by film critic Jean Perret since 1995.
The festival was founded by Moritz de Hadeln (who later headed the Locarno International Film Festival, the Berlin International Film Festival, and the Venice International Film Festival) and his wife Erika von dem Hagen.
De Hadeln once said: “Our motivations at that time were strictly political. We believed in documentary, we all had the same idea that documentary could change the society which we live in. It was not the time television was controlling everything...\"
Moritz de Hadeln directed the festival until 1979, and he assisted Erika when she took over as head of the festival from 1980 to 1993.

During the early years of the Nyon International Documentary Film Festival, Erika de Hadeln negotiated with the film authorities in East Europe and Russia — and worked with documentary filmmakers including Joris Ivens, Roman Karmen, Georges Rouquier, Basil Wright, and Henri Storck.