Iranian short animation ‘Bystander’ directed by Mohsen Bagheri Dastgerdi will be featured at the 3rd edition of the Las Hurdes Film Festival in Spain.
‘Bystander’ is a short animation about people who are against diversity and seek its destruction. In what the director refers to as a form of human totalitarianism, the animation represents the authoritarian desires of humanity where humans are forcefully assimilated through a brutal crackdown on objection.
Dastgerdi’s animation has been featured at film festivals around the world with his most recent appearances in Norway, Germany, the US, the UK, and India.
The film received the Diploma Bravery award at the 9th TOFUZI Festival in Georgia, as well as the Grand Prix award at the 2nd Open Air Short Film Festival in Belarus.
The Las Hurdes Film Festival is an event that features films from Spain and other parts of the world with themes relating to social issues in all cultures and territories as well as environmental issues including preservation, defense of ecosystems, and problems of life in isolated regions.
The festival is currently under way, featuring all participating films on its website allowing users to vote for their film of choice. The event will be coming to a close on February 28, 2019.