Pakistan and Iran should start making joint films -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pakistan and Iran should start making joint films

Pakistan and Iran should start making joint films depicting common values, said caretaker provincial Minister for Culture Ms Amber Raza Nancy on Saturday while inaugurating Iranian Film Festival at Arts Council, organized by Iran Cultural Centre in connection with the 29th anniversary of Iran revolution.

The minister said that Iranian films truly reflect the country’s cultural values, adding: “We should highlight positive aspects of our culture and religion, which are peace, harmony and tolerance”.

Speaking on the occasion, Iranian Consul General Masood Mohammed Zamani said that the Muslim society has fallen victim to the cultural onslaught of western countries. “Film and arts can play an important role in promoting family stability and human rights,” he said.

He said Iranian films have undergone tremendous changes after the revolution and added that during Shah’s era films (with few exceptions) lacked art and were shown only to mint money. “Women have sublime values and have great value in family, which must be protected,” Zamani said, adding that Iranian films have achieved popularity and won awards at international level.

Director General Iran Cultural Centre, Prof. Dr. Mohammed Mehdi also spoke on the occasion.

The film “M like Mother” was shown on the first day of the five-day festival.

It revolves around a couple and their disabled son who developed a critical condition owing to the effects of poisonous gas during Iran-Iraq war, which had infected over 12,000 people in Iran.

Zubaida, the main character of the movie as musician, was shocked when doctors informed her that she is going to give birth to a special child.

Her husband Sohail wanted to terminate pregnancy as for him “a special child is useless”.

She, however, resisted and gave birth to the child, Saeed, who could neither walk nor breathe properly. The father insisted for lodging the child at a shelter house but she again resisted and ultimately both were separated for 10 years. She used to look after her son while enduring the ordeal of being a lonely woman. The attitude of the child was changed when he came to know that his father was alive. When Zubaida was willing to marry another man, Sohail suddenly returned to “compensate for his mistake” but his attitude towards his son remained the main hindrance in their reconciliation.
Source: The News
Date:2/2/2008