The 16th edition of the event, which is scheduled to go online due to the pandemic, will review pro-Zionist cinema in a special section named “Sameri Cinema”.
According to the director of the Sameri Section, Shafi Aqa-Mohammadian, one of the main goals of the Resistance festival is to study the enemies as well as to raise society’s awareness of the international films produced under the influence of the Zionists.
“There is a difference between a Zionist filmmaker and a Samiri filmmaker,” he noted in his speech adding that, “It may be that a filmmaker does not belong to a Zionist community, but nevertheless acts based on their goals and ideology, therefore, he/she is a Samiri filmmaker. This kind of cinema may promote concepts such as modern idolatry, womanizing, racism and even terrorism.”
Samiri or the Samiri is a phrase used by the Quran to refer to a rebellious follower of Prophet Moses (AS), who created the golden calf and attempted to lead the Hebrews into idolatry.
The annual Resistance festival is an attempt to commemorate the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the “Sacred Defense” in Iran.
The festival will run in two different stages. The first one will take place during the Sacred Defense Week from September 21 to 28 while the second stage will be held on November 21 to 27 to celebrate the anniversary of Basij Day, which falls on November 25.