Opening ceremony of Isfahan filmfest focuses on children of war
The 28th Isfahan International Film Festival for Children and Young Adults kicked off in the central Iranian city on Friday with the screening of “Wall Craft”, a short film focusing on children as the main victims of international wars and conflicts.
Directed by Iranian filmmaker Ahmad Teimuri, the film contains four episodes, first of which spotlights the Nazi concentration camps that were set up for Polish children who were difficult to Germanize. The camps were originally designed to exploit the labor of prisoners rather than to exterminate them.
The stories in other episodes are set at the foot of the Berlin Wall in the former East Germany in 1972, the Omarska Camp in Bosnia in 1992, and at the foot of the apartheid wall in Palestine in 2014.
Over 50 cineastes from countries across the world are attending the festival, which runs October 6.
The organizers of the festival reviewed the children’s cinema of the Czech Republic in a section by screening ten short films produced by Czech directors over the past decade.
“Don’t Be Curly” directed by Veronika Jelinkova, “Inspector Whiskers” by Josef Lamka, and “Jirka and the White Mice” are among the films.
The festival also plans to hold a review of the cinema of Islamic countries. Seven short films, including “Agri and the Mountain” by Hasan Serin from Turkey and “Baghdad Messi” by Sahim Omar Kalifa from Iraq, will be shown in this section.
Palestinian director Rani Massalha’s acclaimed drama “Giraffada” is the only feature-length movie that will go on screen in this section.