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The case of contaminated blood entering Iran

The case of contaminated blood entering Iran

The documentary 'Qavidel,' produced by the Center for the Development of Documentary, Experimental, and Animation Cinema, focuses on introducing and recognizing one of the most unique, honorable, and hardworking contemporary figures in Iranian society.

According to the public relations of this center, Ali Farahani's documentary 'Qavidel' recently won the title of the best film at this year's documentary festival. The film is subject to various social, political, artistic, and even economic debates, and alongside its numerous shortcomings, it raises important criticisms.

One positive aspect of 'Qavidel' and documentaries in general is the filmmaker's approach to documentary cinema, which extends beyond entertainment and informative purposes to advocacy and change. Ali Farahani uses the potential of documentaries not only for entertainment and awareness but also as a tool for advocacy and change, which is particularly relevant in the current social and economic challenges facing the country. It reflects a strategic approach to documentary cinema.

Furthermore, 'Qavidel' introduces and recognizes one of the most unique, honorable, and hardworking contemporary figures in Iranian society. The film effectively portrays the efforts and concerns of Ahmad Qavidel, a hemophilia official in Iran. The documentary narrates the challenging yet determined and hopeful journey of Qavidel in pursuing justice for contaminated blood entering Iran.

Another theme of the film relates to contaminated blood. The case of French contaminated blood entering Iran is one of the most significant legal cases in contemporary Iranian history.

The film attempts to narrate this crucial case from Ahmad Qavidel's perspective, intertwining it with his personal story.

At times, the narrative of Ahmad Qavidel and the contaminated blood become entwined, creating a connection for the audience to sympathize with the documentary from two perspectives: first, the efforts of the hemophilia center director for the rights of patients, and second, the issue of contaminated French drugs, which is introduced and explained throughout the documentary.

One potential criticism that could be identified in Ali Farahani's documentary is the lack of coherence and balance in portraying the personal and family life of Ahmad Qavidel.

The film, at times, delves too deeply into Ahmad's personal life, while at other points, it completely focuses on the social aspects of drug-related cases. It is worth noting that the imbalance in storytelling is a common issue in Iranian documentaries that either tend to become too portrait-focused, overly personal, and emotional, or get immersed in complex political and social issues, forgetting the main character altogether."