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Iranian cineastes show solidarity with Palestinians at Quds Day demo in Tehran
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Iranian cineastes attend the International Quds Day demonstration in Tehran on July 25, 2014 to show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. (Mehr/Saeid Faramarzi)
Iranian cineastes attend the International Quds Day demonstration in Tehran on July 25, 2014 to show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine. (Mehr/Saeid Faramarzi)
TEHRAN – A large group of Iranian cineastes attended the International Quds Day demonstration in Tehran on Friday to show their solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine.
 
Actors Atila Pesyani, Amin Taroklh, Fariborz Arabnia, Mahumd Pakniyat, and filmmakers Reza Mirkarimi, Maziar Miri and Kamal Tabrizi were seen in the group, which was organized by the Iranian House of Cinema. 
 
International Quds Day is an annual event held on the last Friday of Ramadan that was initiated by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express solidarity with the Palestinian people and to oppose Zionism and Israel’s control of Jerusalem. 
 
Iran Cinema Organization (ICO) Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi had called on Iranian artists and cineastes to turn out in large numbers for the International Quds Day rallies.
 
“The cineastes have always shown that they have not forgotten their roles on special occasions, and today is one of those special days,” Director of the Iranian House of Cinema Mohammad-Mehdi Asgarpur told the participants.
 
He expressed his criticism over the world’s silence on the ongoing Israeli crimes in Gaza.
 
Ziaeddin Dorri, famous for his TV series “The English Bag”, was among the demonstrators. He condemned the savage massacre of the Palestinian children and called International Quds Day a chance for the world to see the crimes.
 
Producer Fereshteh Taerpur said she is attending the rally to show her objection to the mass murder of innocent women and children.
 
“How can an individual see these painful scenes and the crimes happening in Gaza and still keeps silent?” actress Merila Zarei asked.
 
The cineastes have always been with the people, and besides that they can play in films on this issue and show their support in this way, she added.
 
Filmmaker Kamal Tabrizi said that anybody who sees the pictures of the massacre in Gaza and keeps silent is not a human being. “We are here to prove cineastes will not remain silent over the crimes happening in Gaza,” he added.
 
This year’s ceremony coincided with Israel’s military assault on Gaza, which has killed many people, nearly a fifth of whom have been children.
 
Iranian artists gathered at the Art Bureau in Tehran on Wednesday for a meeting entitled “Gaza Is Not Alone” to express their solidarity with the people of Gaza.
 
A large group of Iranian cineastes also gathered last week at Tehran’s Shafaq Cultural Center to protest against Israeli crimes in Gaza.
 
RM/YAW
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