Wed Aug 26, 2015 02:00PM
Iranian producer Amir-Hossein Sharifi receive the award for “Songs of my Land” on behalf of the film’s director, Abbas Rafiei, August 25, 2015.
Iranian producer Amir-Hossein Sharifi receive the award for “Songs of my Land” on behalf of the film’s director, Abbas Rafiei, August 25, 2015.

“Songs of My Land,” by Iranian filmmaker Abbas Rafiei, has been awarded at the 2015 edition of the Crimea International Film Festival in Russia.

The film received the special prize of the event for ‘depicting the strength and honesty of world religions in dealing with the most important global issues.’

Producer of the film, Amir-Hossein Sharifi, received the award on behalf of Rafiei on Tuesday. The prize was presented to him by acclaimed Azerbaijani screenwriter Rustam Mammad Ibrahim oglu Ibrahimbeyov.

Songs of My Land recounts the romantic story of a Muslim man and a Christian woman in Syria, who fall in love following an attack by the ISIL terrorist group on their village.

The film has been shot in Arabic and with the participation of prominent Lebanese, Syrian and Egyptian actors. It is set to be dubbed into Persian and screened inside Iran as well.

Songs of My Land was also screened at the Russian Filmmakers’ Union in April and warmly welcomed by the audience.

The 16th Crimea International Film Festival was held from August 22 to 25, 2015 on Yalta Island.