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Two American directors to judge at Iranian film festival
Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:17PM
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Two American directors are slated to serve on the jury of the first edition of Iran’s International New Horizon Independent Film Festival.


Darnell Stephen Summers and Scott Frank will join one Tunisian and one British judge as well as Ebrahim Hatamikia, Nader Talebzadeh, Gholamreza Montazemi, Jamal Shourjeh, Reza Mirkarimi and Mehdi Homayounfar from Iran.

Screen writer and director Scott Frank has made more than 10 films such as Plain Clothes, Fallen Angels and The Lookout.

Darnell Stephen Summers is a Vietnam War veteran and anti-war activist who has also written and directed the documentaries Sir! No Sir and Freedom to Speak.

The board will judge nearly a thousand films from more than 70 countries.

The US, the UK and Spain have submitted the highest number of films to the festival which will be held from September 2 to 5, 2012 in the Iranian capital of Tehran.

Organized by Iran's Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) and Iran Cinema Organization, the festival will screen social and political documentaries on the theme of ‘Towards Justice.’

Iranian and international participants will present their works on different subjects, including the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Islamic Awakening movement, Europe and US financial crisis, role of Zionist lobbies in Europe and US crises, introducing international anti-Zionist and anti-imperialist figures, Islamic resistance against the Zionist regime, war threats against Iran and anti-war movements, the Islamic Revolution of Iran, Iranophobia and Islamophobia, world without Zionism, and world without terrorism and atomic weapons.

Iran’s Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) is the main center for production, distribution and promotion of fiction, documentary, animation and experimental films in the Middle East.

The center produces about 25 feature-length and 300 short films every year.

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