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RIFF names nominees for Health Defenders section

The 16th RIFF unveils nominees for Health Defenders section.

The 16th Resistance International Film Festival (RIFF) has unveiled the nominees for its Health Defenders strand.

Six short films are competing in the Health Defenders section; namely,  ‘Don’t Worry’ by Mana Pakseresht, ‘Last Meeting’ by Mohammad-Mehdi Fekrian and ‘Line-Breaker’ by Amir-Masoud Eslah, all from Iran.

‘Mask’ by Dr. Sweta Kumar Dash, ‘My Mom’ by Rakesh Moirangthem - both from India - and ‘Gratitude’ by Jorge Salgado Ponce from Mexico are other nominees. 

Short documentaries in this section are ‘In the Silence of Night’ by Javad Yaqmouri and Mehdi Amini, ‘Block 65’ by Vahid Hosseini-Nami and ‘Volunteer’ by Nasrin Goudarzi, all from Iran.

The list goes on to include ‘From the Window’ by Angelica Gerigoria, as well as ‘Italy Lockdown: How the Coronavirus Has Forever Changed Our Lives’ by Carla Falzone and Sacha Biazzo.

Here are the full lists of nominees in other categories of this section:

Animation Nominees:

‘White Stones’ by Fatemeh Hosseini

‘The Savior’ by Arjun Mukherjee from India

‘Don't Panic Man’ by R. Saheel from India


Motion Graphic Nominees:

‘Coronavirus’ by Shahram Beigi

‘Coronavirus’ by Hamed Barei and Pouya Raeesi

‘2020 Pandemic’ by Leila Rostami-Shokouh


Video Clips Nominees:

‘Done Day Again’ by Mehran Alavi

‘Laylat al-Qadr or the Night of Destiny’ by Farshid Faraji

‘Fragile’ by Emiliano Leon


Films focusing on the endeavors health workers have made during the coronavirus pandemic are competing at Health Defenders section.

The 16th RIFF is taking place on two different dates.

Some of its sections are currently underway in Tehran and will continue until September 27, coinciding with the “Sacred Defense” week – an annual event to commemorate the anniversary of the start of Iraq's imposed war on Iran in the 1980s.

The other sections will be held on November 21-27, coinciding with “Basij” week.

The RIFF, one of the most prestigious international film festivals in Iran, is dedicated to productions on wars and the repercussions of armed conflicts in the world.

It also puts a spotlight on the resistance of the Palestinian people against the Zionist regime, Daesh and its terrorist attacks in the region, as well as the world’s tyrants and their backing of Daesh.