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US fest screening Iranian short doc ‘Gando’

Iranian short doc ‘Gando’ is on screen at the 2021 Providence Children’s filmfest in the US.

Iranian short documentary ‘Gando’ has gone on screen at the 12th edition of the Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) in the US.

The eight-minute doc, directed by Teimour Qaderi, tells 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 the 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 participated in a number of global events and won some awards, including Best Documentary Short award at the Chicago Southland International Film Festival in the US, best documentary award at the Muslim Film Festival in Australia, best film award at the Humboldt International Film Festival in the US, honorary diploma at the VGIK International Student Festival in Russia, Honorary Mention at the International Maritime Film Festival in the US, and the special jury award at the 5th Crossing The Screen Film Festival in the UK.

Presenting the best independent works of children’s cinema, the PCFF connects children and families from various communities.

Due to the situation caused by coronavirus, the 2021 edition of the PCFF has been slated online for February 12-21.

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