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Guangzhou fest to screen Iranian doc ‘Coexist’

Iranian doc ‘Coexist’ is to vie at the 2020 Guangzhou filmfest in China.

Iranian short doc ‘Coexist’ has been selected to compete at the 17th edition of the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival (GZDOC) in China.

Directed by Komeil Soheili, the 12-minute doc is about a blind captain living on Hormuz Island in Southern Iran.

As the tensions increase, he starts making some traditional bread using three unexpected elements from the island.

Since he is unsighted, he catches fish by his one-of-a-kind ability to hear the sound of fish in the ocean.

Respecting the ancient local culture of the island, he collects the island’s natural salt and its edible red soil to make the bread.

‘Coexist’ has gone on screen at a number of global events, including the Terres Travel Festival-Films and Creativity in Spain, the Seize the Film in Serbia, where it grabbed the best short film award, and the International Disability Film Festival Breaking Down Barriers in Russia, where it won the award for best short documentary.

Soheili is a young prolific Iranian filmmaker and documentarian who has so far gained a great deal of international recognition for his works such as ‘Baraka, the Cow’, ‘The Little Plant’, ‘So Far, So Close’ and ‘Branches and Brushes’.

The GZDOC aims to bring the best of international documentaries to the local audience.

It also includes interviews and conferences and creates a space for attendees to exchange knowledge.

The 2020 edition of the event is slated for December 14-17.

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