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VGIK Int’l Student Festival honors ‘Gando’

Iranian doc ‘Gando’ is honored at the 2020 VGIK Int'l Student Festival in Russia.

Iranian short documentary film ‘Gando’ has been honored at the 2020 VGIK International Student Festival in Russia.

Teimour Qaderi’s doc succeeded to receive the honorary diploma of the 40th edition of the Russian event, which was held on November 16-20.

Qaderi’s acclaimed documentary is about a girl named Hawa. Hawa has lost her right hand while fetching water from ponds where Gandos (a type of crocodile local to the south of Iran) reside.

Qaderi’s 8-minute flick is the recipient of the best documentary short award at the 2020 Chicago Southland International Film Festival (CSIFF) in the US, the best documentary award the 2nd Muslim Film Festival (MFF) in Australia as well as an honorary mention at the 5th International Maritime Film Festival (IMFF) in the US. 

The young filmmaker is the winner of the best film award at the 53rd edition of the Humboldt International Film Festival in the US.

The VGIK festival presents the latest student productions by Russian and international film and TV schools. It also provides contacts and exchanges between film schools of the world.