News ID: 219743
Published: 0139 GMT August 12, 2018

Film cooperation, hidden aspect of Iran-Pakistan ties

Film cooperation, hidden aspect of Iran-Pakistan ties

Iran and Pakistan enjoy close, cordial and fraternal relations in several areas, however, cooperation in film industry, which can play a very important role in bringing the peoples of the two countries closer to each other, is almost negligible.

Iranian cinema has been one of the main enthralling and appealing cinema industry in the world and has gained special status in the international cinema industry with its unique and innovative film directing techniques. Pakistan being a friendly neighbor of Iran can easily take benefit from the booming Iranian film industry, IRNA wrote.

Iran and Pakistan should also focus on cooperation in filmmaking which is a hidden aspect of the strong ties between the two states.

People of Pakistan are very fond of Iranian movies and Iranian movies are regularly screened in cities across the country. However there is a need to do much more to promote Iranian films in Pakistan.

Iranian films, being very close to Pakistan's culture of Pakistan, are warmly received by the Pakistani public.

Director General, External Publicity Wing in Pakistan's Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Zahoor Ahmad Barlas said his country is keen to enhance cultural cooperation with Iran, especially in the fields of arts and film making.

He hoped that Pakistan Television network, the state news channel of Pakistan, will take effective steps to enhance cooperation with Iran in filmmaking and cinema industry.

"I have seen the Iranian documentaries and I am fully aware of the high quality work of Iranian filmmakers," he said. He contended that Pakistani filmmakers should cooperate with Iranian film industry to produce quality work.

Post-revolutionary Iranian cinema has been celebrated in many international forums and festivals for its distinct style, themes, authors, idea of nationhood, and cultural references.

The continuous presence of Iranian films in prestigious international festivals such as the Cannes Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival attracted world attention to Iranian masterpieces.

Earlier talking to IRNA, Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Film Club Coordinator Aijaz Gul said that Iranian cinema is one of the main cinema industries in the world.

He said that Iranian films are regularly shown in Pakistani cities in which people show keen interest.

He said that in 2017 there is not a single international film festival where Iranian films are not shown. "These films are not only shown but they win top awards, films like 'Separation' and 'Salesman' are real examples of this," he said.

"Iranian cinema is superb, it has everything, beautiful photography, good scripts, good direction," Gul said. He said that as a film student he wants to learn as much he can about the Iranian cinema.

Some years back Iran and Pakistan agreed to make a film on the life of great philosopher and national poet of Pakistan, Allama Muhammad Iqbal but this could not be materialized.

In April 2011 the then ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mashallah Shakeri and Pakistan's information minister Firdous Ashiq Awan agreed on making the film but no step has been taken in this regards so far.

Pakistan Council of Arts Director General Jamal Shah said that filmmakers from Iran have taken filmmaking at a stage where it has become a reality.

"Cinema in Iran today is world's best cinema. This has been proven by Iranian film makers' wining international prizes. I salute filmmakers from Iran for giving us true cinema," he said.

He said, "Iran and Pakistan are very close to each other, they share the same culture, history, religion and also the same language. So we must complement each other in all sectors including film making."

Rashida Sial from Abb Tak TV channel told IRNA that people in Pakistan are not familiar with the Iranian films and they don't know anything about rich culture of Iran. She said that people to people contact should be promoted between the two countries.

She said that Iranian film screening in Pakistan can bring people of Pakistan closer to the people of Iran and the Iranians society.

Iran and Pakistan are taking steps to enhance ties in all areas and one would hope that both countries would also cooperate in filmmaking which is so far not given due importance in the bilateral ties.


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