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Persian language a connecting factor between Iran and Tajikistan cinemas

 Persian language a connecting factor between Iran and Tajikistan cinemas

The. Mohammad Hamidi Moghaddam, the CEO of the Documentary, Experimental, and Animation Film Center (DEFC), emphasized the importance of strengthening relations and focusing on language and culture as common elements between the two nations during a meeting with Tajik filmmakers.

According to the Public Relations of the Center , Tajik filmmakers who had traveled to Iran to participate in the 42nd Fajr Film Festival met with Mohammad Hamidi Moghaddam.

The meeting included Mohammad Saeed Shahyan, the director of Tajik Film; Osman, a Tajik film producer; Zavol Dakteh, a veteran Tajik cinematographer (cinematographer of the films "Rustam and Sohrab"); Ekmal Abdullahzadeh, the secretary of the documentary film festival; and Mahi Aldin Mozaffar, a cinema director.

At the beginning of the meeting, Hamidi Moghaddam explained the position of documentary cinema in Iran, stating that the Center for Development is a serious contributor to documentary and animation production in Iran, with many Iranian filmmakers creating films at this center. Iranian documentary cinema is rich, with prominent filmmakers producing enduring works that remain in the history of cinema.

He continued, "The Persian language is our common heritage and identity, and it is wonderful that we can collaborate in creating works based on this heritage and common love. The experience of the Center for Development, as the organizer of the 'Cinema Verite' festival for seventeen editions, can be beneficial for you, providing opportunities for pitching sessions, workshops, and more. Discovering talent, supporting young filmmakers in the region, and collaborative production are our serious goals and priorities. I hope in the 'Cinema Verite' festival, we can host Tajikistani cinema students and youth interested in documentary filmmaking in talent discovery sessions, workshops, and proposal presentations."

The festival secretary, in another part of the session, expressed hope that the Taj Saman Film Festival and the 'Cinema Verite' festival could have collaborations to promote the Persian language and culture.

Moghaddam added, "In the next two months, we will launch an online documentary filmmaking training course with the presence of prominent documentary filmmakers. This initiative can contribute to the establishment of a joint film school between the two countries, facilitating the transfer of experiences between Iranian and Tajik documentary filmmakers."

Mohammad Saeed Shahyan, the director of "Tajik Film," the largest cinematic institution in Tajikistan, present at the meeting, said, "The experience of participating in the Fajr Film Festival was fascinating for me. In Tajikistan, we have filmmaking facilities and opportunities that, alongside you, considering our common cultural roots, can add value and contribute to the expansion of documentary and narrative film production."

He continued, "The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, as one of the links connecting us, invites everyone to self-discovery and a return to identity. We need to highlight this inclusive and sublime theme in cinematic, documentary, and animated works. In Tajikistan, we have worked on the Shahnameh, and we hope to expand and implement these ideas alongside you."

Ekmal Abdullahzadeh, the director of the documentary festival, expressed hope that Iranian documentary films would be present in this year's festival, dedicating a section to Iranian cinema to pave the way for mutual collaborations.

Mehdi Aldin Mozaffar, the director, stated, "We have many students who are passionate about Saadi, Hafez, and great Iranian poets, but we lack documentaries about their tombs or lives, where a professor can present them when talking about these great figures. Documentary cinema can provide a platform for introducing these shining figures to the entire world and, of course, to Persian speakers in Tajikistan and other countries."

He continued, "You have the resources and conditions for producing such works, and we, as a generation of documentary filmmakers, are prepared and equipped. I hope the outcomes of these sessions and meetings contribute to the production of works that glorify Persian culture, literature, and language, as well as the great figures like Iqbal Lahori, Ferdowsi, and all the literary giants."

Habib Ilbeigi, the Deputy of Supervision and Evaluation of the Cinematic Organization, who was present at the meeting, stated, "Due to my interest in the Persian language, I sometimes watch Tajikistan's state television, but our people do not have a clear image of Tajikistan. We and you are part of the same entity, and the sweet Persian language is our link. We have top-notch documentary filmmakers, and collaborating with them and creating films about Tajikistan, its history, and culture enriches both your visual resources and the mental image of Iranians and people worldwide regarding your country."

In a part of this meeting, Mohammad Saeed Shahyan, the director of "Tajik Film," presented the "Taj Saman" insignia to Mohammad Hamidi Moghaddam, the CEO of the Center.

Abdulhossein Badrloo, the Deputy and Assistant of Documentary at the Center for Development, and Shirin Nadari, the International Manager of the Center for Development, also attended this meeting.