Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:32AM
35th Fajr Film Festival
35th Fajr Film Festival
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It is the film industry’s awards season. In Iran, there’s an extra special occasion for which we choose this time of year to hail the art of cinema along with many other joyous events. It’s our Ten-Day-Dawn celebrations or Dahehyeh Fajr as we say in Persian. You might want to remember the word Fajr that means dawn; because you will be hearing it a lot throughout the program.

The first ten days of February have had momentous significance for Iranians over the past 38 years; since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Februray 1979. After years and years of popular uprisings against the former regime, the Pahlavis surrendered and left Iran for good on January 16, 1979. Then some two weeks later, the capital was jam-packed with people who had taken to the streets to welcome the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini. He finally came back home after more than 14 years of exile. His plane landed in Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport on February first, at 9:33 a.m. Tehran time.

And that is exactly when we begin festivities to commemorate the historic 10 days before the victory of the Islamic Revolution. One of the very auspicious ceremonies held during the Ten-Day-Dawn is the Fajr Film Festival. It is the most prestigious theatrical event in Iran. Let me put it to you this way: for us, it’s the Persian Oscars.

Filmmakers, movie stars and anyone slightly attached to the film industry have their heart set on the Fajr Film Festival; including movie lovers! Do you know anybody who doesn’t like movies? That is how big of an event it is. And to present the grandeur of the 35th Fajr Film Festival, Gisoo Misha Ahmadi brings you this.