Austrian composer Eric Spitzer-Marlyn has donated his old Nagra III tape recorder to the Film Museum of Iran.
He donated the device to the museum in Tehran during a special ceremony on Wednesday.
Spitzer-Marlyn is in Tehran to hold workshops during Iran’s major international documentary film festival, the 13th Cinéma Vérité, currently underway in Tehran.
The Austrian composer said “This device is still working and I used it on several film projects,” adding “I still prefer to use such an old device instead of a new digital one”.
“I wanted to do something when I saw the enthusiasm of the young Iranian documentarians and film-lovers during my previous workshops at the previous edition of the festival, so I decided to donate this device to the museum,” he added.
Iranian documentarian Ahmed Zabeti-Jahromi, who was in attendance at the ceremony, said that the museum will preserve the device as a memento of Spitzer-Marlyn’s stay in Tehran, and it will remain in the memory of the museum forever.
Spitzer-Marlyn is known for his collaboration as a sound engineer with the famous German screenwriter and documentarian, Werner Herzog.
Organized by the Documentary and Experimental Film Center, the first edition of the Cinéma Vérité was held in 2007.
Over the past decade it has emerged as one of the important events on Iran's documentary film calendar.
The 13th edition of the Cinéma Vérité has been slated for December 9-16, 2019.