Iran’s 38th Fajr Film Festival closes with award-giving ceremony
Iran’s 38th Fajr Film Festival, an annual motion picture awards event held to coincide with the anniversary of the victory of the country’s Islamic Revolution, has come to an end in Tehran.
The epilogue to this year’s festival unfolded on Tuesday, hours after millions of Iranians took to the streets to mark the 41st anniversary of the historic 1979 national victory that deposed the repressive US-backed Pahlavi regime.
A video clip featuring the turning points of the Islamic Revolution and the popular participation in it was displayed at the beginning of the ceremony.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi, Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi, Head of the country’s House of Cinema Hossein Entezami, and veteran cinematographer and cinema expert Fereydoun Jeyrani were among the guests of honor to attend the event at Tehran’s iconic Milad Tower’s convention center.
The high point of this year’s closure featured awarding of a special accolade in honor and memory of senior Iranian anti-terror commander Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the US in Baghdad in early January. The award went to “Abadan 1160,” which depicted Iranians’ struggle during Iraq’s war of 1980-88 on Iran.