Iranian filmmaker Vahid Hajiloui’s adapted short production is scheduled to compete at the 2012 National Geographic All Roads Film festival in the United States. Hajiloui’s Road Is Blocked has been selected to vie at the International Competition section of the festival held in Washington D.C.
The screen short production is a blend of Iranian literature and cinema while it has been adapted from a story of a collection titled The Withering Walls of Our City's Cemetery written by Javad Atefeh.Hajiloui has screened the story during a free cinematic adaptation though the fidelity to the original text has been retained. Road Is Blocked will be the only Iranian cinematic representative at the festival. The 22-minute movie has been screened in many international events in some countries such as Italy, Switzerland, South Korea, Lithuania and Japan. Female Iranian director Negar Azarbaijani’s debut feature Facing Mirrors won great acclaim at the 2011 edition of National Geographic All Roads Film Project. The National Geographic All Roads Film Festival aims to provide an international platform for indigenous and under-represented minority-culture artists to share cultures, stories and perspectives through the power of film and photography. The 8th edition of the festival is programmed to kick off on September 27 and will run until September 30, 2012. FGP/SS