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Middle East sensibilities showcased in IFFI


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Cinema from the Middle East will be of special interest at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here with works from countries like Syria, Iran and Israel depicting diverse social milieus and value systems.

Four films from Iran make it to the 'cinema of the world' category in the 35th IFFI that got under way Tuesday at its new permanent venue here.

The films are "20 Fingers" by Mania Akbari, "Butterfly In The Wind" by Abbas Rafei, "Dreams of Dust" by Sepideh Farsi and "Maiden" by Mohammad Dourmanesh.

While "20 Fingers" explores gender issues within the confines of tradition and family life in Iran through the story of a couple, "Butterfly In The Wind" is about a woman just released from prison hoping to find her daughter on the Iran-Pakistan border.

"Dreams of Dust" is Paris-educated Sepideh Farsi's first full-length feature and is a road movie. "Maiden" is about a moralistic girl and a lawbreaker brought together by fate.

Coming from Syria is Waha Al Raheb's "Dreamy Visons". The actress-director depicts a woman's persistent struggle to gain her rights in the film.

Included in the 15 films making it to the Asian Competition section are Iran's "Beautiful City" by Asghar Farhadi.

In all 200 films, including 60 from 40 countries, will be screened over 10 days.

Seven main sections are planned in the categories Asian competition, cinema of the world, Indian and foreign retrospectives, tributes, Indian panorama and mainstream Indian cinema.


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