“Sfumato” wins prize at the Archeology Channel film festival


TEHERAN – “Sfumato” by Iranian director Amir-Ali Mirderikvand won the award for the best public educational value at the Archeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene, Oregon.

This docudrama is about a modern rural family in Iran with two teenage children. Their daughter and older child Fatemeh are very helpful to them in their daily lives, but repeatedly encounter difficulties and obstacles, mainly resulting from the restrictive gender roles imposed on daughters in their society.

In documenting these challenges, the film examines Iranian culture, the role of children in Iranian family dynamics, and the role of women in Iranian society.

It shows how a family frees themselves from these traditional constraints by encouraging their daughter in her quest for a driver’s license and to ride a motorcycle.

“Sfumato” also received honorable mentions for inspiration and music.

Several other Iranian films also received honorable mentions in various categories of the festival, which ended June 27th.

“Sarevo”, directed by Mohammad Abdollahi, received the Honorable Mention in the Best Narration category.

The documentary is about Saeid and Abdollah, two rural Iranian teenagers who decided to revive a camel farm in a remote area near the Iranian-Afghan border.

The purpose of this documentary is to show the efforts and solidarity of two peoples who strive to improve their lives by eliminating different ideologies.

“Sarevo” also received an Honorable Mention for Music.

Directed by Mohammad Abdollahi, “Dehsalm” received an Honorable Mention for the Camera.

Dehsalm is located in southeastern Iran and is the closest village to the Lut Desert, about 80 kilometers southwest of Nehbandan City. It’s one of the hottest places on earth, but it’s lush with natural beauty, like the palm trees that people pick and eat dates from.

The history, culture and customs of Dehsalm are told by the oldest person in the village, 100-year-old Gholam Marvi, who addresses important issues such as wedding rituals, trade and the aqueducts associated with the village.

“Riddle of the Bones: Gender Revolution” by the German directors Birgit Tanner and Carsten Gutschmidt was awarded as the best film.

Photo: “Sfumato” by the Iranian director Amir-Ali Mirderikvand.



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