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Maritime Filmfest awards Iran’s ‘Gando’

The Int’l Maritime Filmfest in US honors Iran short ‘Gando’.

The International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) in the US has granted honors to acclaimed Iranian short documentary movie ‘Gando’.

Directed by Teimour Qaderi, the short film has been picked as the recipient of the Honorary Mention at the 5th edition of the American film event.

‘Gando’ narrates the story of a little girl named Hawa who lives in a village in the Iranian province of Sistan and Balouchestan. She has been attacked by a crocodile and lost her arm.

The little girl shown in the flick is one of many kids in that province who have to travel long paths to fetch water from ponds where Gandos (type of crocodile local to south of Iran) reside.

The little kids are attacked by the wild reptiles and as a result they are either eaten alive or mutilated.

The 8-minute flick has already been screened at a number of global events, including Picknic Film Festival in Spain and the EBS Int’l Doc Festival in South Korea.

The upcoming events that will host the short include the Eugene Environmental Film Festival in the US, the Seize the Film uhvati filmfest in Serbia and the Zlin Film Festival in the Czech Republic.

According to the official website of the event, the IMFF “ is a juried contest of films celebrating the heritage, spirit of adventure, and ingenuity of boats and waterborne pursuits”.

Although this year’s edition of the fest has announced its winners list, the awards gala will be held during a three day event on September 25-27.