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Isfahan Intl. Children’s film festival 2013 names winners

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati and the head of Irans Cinema Organization Hojatollah Ayoubi along with a number of cineastes attended the closing gala held on Friday, October 11, 2013.

Amir Shahab Razavian’s 2012 screen creation titled Time Travel took this year’s UNICEF Special Award.

A large group of Iranian and international cineastes and children flocked to the year’s festival in Isfahan.

Some 75 films from 40 countries were screened in two main sections of the international cinema and international animation.

Iran’s Farabi Cinematic Foundation International Department Director Amir Esfandiari, the Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) Director Shafi Aqamohammadian, Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Forouzesh, the actress Vishka Asayesh and the animation artist Bahram Azimi were among the members of the jury panel.

The main slogan of the 27th International festival of films for children and young adults in Isfahan was "defending the rights of children involved in war".

Japan honored the festival with its peace symbol known as ‘Paper Cranes (Origami Cranes)’ in the memory of Japanese victim of war Sadako Sasaki.

Sadako Sasaki was one of the Japanese child victims of war, diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 11 due to result of the radiation from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima when she was two.

According to the traditional Japanese belief, the paper crane is a symbol of luck; based on the belief, Sadako spent her time in a nursing home creating origami cranes in hope of making a thousand of them to be granted a wish.

While Sadako made only 644 cranes in seeking her wish of living, she met her death in October, 1955. After Sadako’s tragedy, the paper crane was popularized as a peace symbol.

"We have brought one of the papers cranes Sadako made with her own hands. This is the fourth paper crane we present to a foreign country. We would like to tell the world that Sadako’s greatest wish was peace." says Sadako Sasaki’s nephew, Yuji Sasaki in Isfahan festival.

With hundreds of thousands of innocent children involved in wars and military conflicts in countries such as Palestine, Syria, and many African countries, the children’s film festival supported the rights of children.

Together with Japan, Iran was also the victim of war and hundreds of children were brutally killed or injured in the border city of Sardasht during Iraq-Iran war in 1980s.

This year’s Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults took place from October 6 through October 11, 2013.


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