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News number: 8802200665

13:14 | 2009-05-10

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Iranian Angels Captivates San Francisco

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian filmmaker Babak Amini was acclaimed director of the best Short Narrative at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival.



Amini's Angels Die in the Soil has been named the best short narrative film in the Golden Gates Award section of the competition by an international jury.

The legacy of Iraq's chemical warfare is revealed in this 30-minute story of a young girl who earns a living for herself and her sick father by selling the bones of Iranian soldiers martyred during the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88.

One day, she sees an attack on an American on her way home and attempts to save him, press tv reported.

Her innocent struggles to survive and help a total stranger captivated the jury. The 2008 production received a $5,000 cash prize and 1,000 feet of Kodak film stock.

Amini spent six months in Paris attending the Cinefondation Cinema Workshop, which is sponsored by the Cannes Film Festival. He is scheduled to produce his first full-length feature film in Italy.

The 52nd San Francisco Film Festival was held from April 23 to May 7.