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30 docs to vie for Avini Awards at Cinéma Vérité

A lineup of 30 Iranian documentaries is scheduled to vie for the Avini Award at the 14th Cinéma Vérité in Iran.

A lineup of 30 Iranian documentaries is scheduled to vie for the Avini Award at the 14th Cinéma Vérité in Iran.

The docs by various filmmakers will compete for the prestigious award at the 2020 edition of the Cinéma Vérité, Iran’s major international festival for documentary films.

Themed on the Islamic Revolution, the Sacred Defence and resistance, the docs include:

  1.  'We Came You Were Not There' by Mohammad Hossein Khosh-Bayan
  2.  'Twenty-Two Twenty-Two' by Foroud Avaz-Pur
  3.  'More than My Mother' by Alireza Baghsheni
  4.  'Virtual Flags' by Hassan Jafari
  5.  'Blood Merchants' by Vahid Hadavand
  6.  'Birth of a Tragedy' by Hojjatollah Edalatpanah
  7.  'Fish Island' by Reza Azamian
  8.  'Javad's World' by Seyyed Sadeq Qaforian
  9.  'Immigrant Swallows' by Hassan Jafari
  10.  'Chamar of Solde' by Qodrat Baqeri
  11.  'Hossein Malat' by Hossein Homayoufar
  12.  'Forsaken Homes' by Mohammad-Reza Abbasian
  13.  'Dez Is Still Passing Through My City' by Amin Qadami
  14.  'Red Handkerchief' by Hossein Assadzadeh
  15.  'Delandarva' by Amir Pazirofteh
  16.  'Raziyeh and Mansour' by Sajjad Qanbari
  17.  'General' by Mohammad Talebi
  18.  'Gamble' by Seyyed Mohhad Mahdi Dezfouli
  19.  'Aziz Qoli' by Seyyed Javad Hadi-Asl
  20.  'Cross' by Ahmad Rahmanian
  21. 'Squadron of One' by Dariush Yari
  22. 'The Report of Riot' by Mohammad-Reza Givehchian
  23. 'Ramadi Report' by Ali Mohammad Zolfaghari
  24. 'We Few' by Seyyed Nematollah Esmaeili
  25.  'Japanese Mohsen' by Vahid Faraji
  26.  'Maki, a Man from Arbaein' by Habib Ahmadzadeh, Hossein Ali Roshankar, Mehrdad Afrasiabi
  27. 'Suddenly' by Ali Nikhbakht
  28.  'Breathless' by Mohammad Mohammadi Seresht, Ali Salmani
  29.  'Eighteen Thousand Feet' by Mahdi Shah-Mohammadi
  30.  'One Friday' by Mahdi Hojjat-Panah

Morteza Avini was a skillful author, the narrator of the TV program Ravayat-e Fath or ‘Chronicles of Victory’, the chief editor of Sura Magazine (an artistic and literary magazine) and the head of TV department of the artistic center. Having traveled to one of the war zones of Iran for making a new series, with a group of cameramen, he was martyred in a mine blast, which was left there from the war era. 

Organized by the Documentary and Experimental Film Centre (DEFC), the Cinema Verite is one of the most notable festivals in Iran that has both international and national sections.

The festival showcases the best documentaries in an attempt to bridge the gap between reality and truth.

Some of the festival’s sections are National Competition, International Section (non-competitive), Martyr Avini Award, Entrepreneurship Documentaries Award, COVID-19 Section, and professional Workshops.

Over the past decade, it has emerged as one of the important events on Iran's documentary calendar.

The 14th Cinema Verite will be held online over coronavirus pandemic in December 2020.