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Ammar film festival opens in Iran, honors ‘Gando’

The Ammar Popular Film Festival opens its 10th edition in Tehran.

The Ammar Popular Film Festival opens its 10th edition in the Iranian capital of Tehran, honoring the series ‘Gando’.

The families of martyrs honored the cast and crew of the series ‘Gando’ during the opening ceremony on Wednesday evening.

The action/crime series, directed by Javad Afshar, is based on historical events.

The name of the series ‘Gando’ refers to a type of crocodile that is unique to the region of Southeast Asia.

The series is starring a number of popular ifilm stars such as Daryoush Farhang, Leila Otadi, Sara Khoueeniha, Aliram Nouraee, Pendar Akbari, Kambiz Dirbaz, Mohammad-Reza Sharifinia, Kamand Amir-Soleymani, Farhad Qaemian as well as some foreign actors. 

During the opening ceremony, several awards were also granted to a number of films in different categories.

The Ammar Popular Film Festival goes against the promotion of “individualism and extreme enjoyment without caring about the society's troubles and other humans’ suppression,” the event’s official website reads.

The festival aims “to raise real awareness and responsibility among the general public,” the website adds, noting that the event’s mission is to create an atmosphere in which independent filmmakers and thinkers can gather together.

The 10th edition of the festival will come to an end on January 9, 2020.