News ID: 127748
Published: 0730 GMT September 27, 2015

Iranian documentary wins at Russian event

Iranian documentary wins at Russian event

A documentary by Iranian filmmaker Mehdi Ganji, 'I Want to Be a King', was awarded at the 15th International Documentary Film Festival called 'Flahertiana' in Russian.

Screened in the international contest section, the Iranian work was awarded the Special Jury Mention at the Russian film festival in Perm, Russia, from September 18-24, 2015.

The documentary recounts the story of Abbas, an Iranian man who dreams of creating a tourism empire at a village in southern Iran. However, his family disregards his dream, Mehr News Agency wrote.

The work earlier received Crystal Simorgh awards at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival.

The movie also won awards at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Millennium International Documentary Film Festival (Belgium) in addition to other international events. It is currently being featured in the 11th Zurich Film Festival which will run until October 4, 2015 in Switzerland.

The international jury of the Russian film festival was headed by Leonard Retel Helmrich (Dutch director), Dwayne Johnson-Cochran (American director, writer, producer), Barbara Wurm (Russian curator, film critic), Aleksey Fedorchenko (Russian director, producer) and Nataliya Shostina (president of the International Festival of the Modern Ethno Cultures KAMWA).

In the previous edition, the festival's competition section hosted two Iranian works 'Iranian Ninja' directed by Marjan Riahi and 'Mashti Esmaeil' by Mehdi Zamanpour.

   
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