|Actress/director Niki Karimi on Abu Dhabi festival jury||
Indian actress Shabana Azmi will preside over the jury, which also includes French producer Cédomir Kolar, Egyptian critic Samir Farid and Moroccan director Ismael Farroukhi.
“A Respectable Family”, an Iranian drama directed by Masud Bakhshi, will be screened at the festival, which runs until October 20.
Karimi rose to fame by acting in Behruz Afkhami’s hit “Bride” in 1990. She appeared in films by Dariush Mehrjuii, Masud Kimiaii and several other prominent Iranian filmmakers.
“To Have or Not to Have”, a documentary on a number of Iranian infertile couples trying to have children, was her directorial debut in 2001.
She then made features “One Night” and “A Few Days Later”, both of which were female-centered dramas.
Karimi’s latest film “Final Whistle” was welcomed at its Iranian premiere in August.
She was also one of the jury members for the Izmir International Short Film Festival in 2006 and elected for the jury of the 48th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in Turkey 2011.
She was president of the jury for the 3rd Reykjavik International Film Festival in Iceland in 2006.
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