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News number: 8801220566

14:18 | 2009-04-11

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Majidi's Films Aim to Change Iran's Distorted Image

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian renowned movie director Majid Majidi said his films are aimed at changing Iran's image distorted by Western Media hype.



"The damaged portrait about Iran in the western news media is the wrong image," Majidi told reporters on Friday, press tv reported.

The 49-year-old director said Western media portrayals of his country ignored the Iranian rich history, adding his films try to give Western audiences a different view of his homeland.

"Trying to just look at everything from the political aspect and ignoring a nation with such a long history, such a rich culture, hurts Iran's image in the world," he said.

"Iranian cinema is trying to correct that image, to give the real image of Iran and the people of Iran," he explained.

The Iranian director's latest film "Song of Sparrows" is currently being screened in a number of US movie theaters.

It has won critical plaudits for its portrayal of rural life in Iran and striking cinematography depicting the country's natural beauty.

'Song of Sparrows' recounts the story of an ostrich breeder in the countryside, who is dismissed from his job and forced to leave his hometown.

The 96-minute production was nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film but did not make it to the final round.

The screening program of Majidi's latest production in the US is as follows:

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, New York, April 3
Los Angeles, California, April 10
Beverly Hills, California, April 10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 15
San Diego, California, May 22
Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 29

Majidi's Children of Heaven was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1998.

Majidi started his cinematic activities with acting and appeared in numerous films, including Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1985 Boycott.

His first feature-length production was the 1992 Baduk, which was presented during the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and received several awards in Iran.