IAF to pay tribute to filmmaker Morteza Avini with special program 

April 7, 2019

TEHRAN – The Iranian Artists Forum in Tehran plans to pay tribute to Morteza Avini by organizing a special program, which will review three documentaries by the filmmaker from April 9 to 11. 

“And This Is the Best Triumph”, “Story of the Bridge” and “The Ashura Night” will go on screen during a program titled “Three Days with Morteza Avini” to commemorate the filmmaker’s 26th martyrdom anniversary.

Screenings will be followed by review sessions by a number of cinema experts, including documentarians Piruz Kalantari and Hamed Shakibania, film critics Robert Safarian and Saeid Qotbizadeh, directors Fereidun Jeirani and Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian and scholar Shahab Esfandiari. 

Moreover, French scholar Agnès Devictor, who is a lecturer at the University of Paris and teaches Iranian cinema at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), will give a speech about Avini and his films on the first day of the program. 

Avini was martyred by a landmine in 1993 during his last trip to the former Iran-Iraq war zone in southwestern Iran while making a documentary about soldiers who were still listed as missing in action.

He became famous for “The Narration of Triumph” and was called “the master of martyred writers” by his colleagues and war veterans due to the fervent narrations he wrote for his documentaries.

Photo: A poster for the program “Three Days with Morteza Avini”.

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