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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Majidi’s film casts new light on homeland

By Agence France-Presse, Los Angeles

April 12, 2009

Iranian director Majid Majidi wants his films to show Western audiences a different image of his homeland, saying Western media portrayals of Iran ignored the country’s rich history.

Majidi, best known for his Oscar-nominated film ‘Children of Heaven,’ is back in US cinemas this month with his latest movie ‘Song of Sparrows,’ the touching story of an ostrich farmer who falls on hard times.The film, released in US theatres on Friday, has earned critical plaudits for its portrayal of rural life in Iran and striking cinematography depicting the natural beauty.

Majidi told reporters here he wanted the film to give audiences a different view of Iran to its common portrayal in US media as an ideological foe hell-bent on acquiring a nuclear arsenal.


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