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Big Sky Documentary Film Festival to host 3 Iranian films

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival to host 3 Iranian films

Tehran (ISNA) – Three Iranian documentary films will be screened at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

The 17th edition of the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival takes place February 14-23, 2020 in downtown Missoula, Montana and three Iranian documentary films including “Sunless Shadows” directed by Mehrdad Oskouei, “Asho” by Jafar Najafi, and “Asak” by Mahdi Zamanpour Kiasari will be screened at the event.

“Sunless Shadows” is about an Iranian juvenile detention center in which adolescent girls serve sentences for the crime of murdering fathers, husbands or male family members. The all-female prison is also a shelter from an aggressively male-dominated society. Through frank conversations and playful interactions, the girls open up about the consequences of, and sometimes the reasons for, their action.

“Asho” tells a story of a child shepherd who is busy with his herd but at the same time with his passion for acting and the Hollywood movies his cousin brings home. Meanwhile, he and a girl try their best to ignore each other despite, or perhaps because of, a village tradition calling for them to marry.

“Asak” tells a story of an 80 year old blind man from Iran who has a talented gift for making traditional pots, which he gives to neighbors in his small village. Guided by touch and by taste, he chooses rocks from the heart of the mountains, crafting the vessels with a hand saw and other simple tools.

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is the premier venue for non-fiction film in the American West. Big Sky offers an ideal setting for filmmakers to premiere new work and develop lasting relationships with fellow filmmakers and industry. The festival draws an audience of 20,000 and film entries from every corner of the globe to a uniquely intimate mountain town setting with a local Montana flavor.

The festival hosts over 200 visiting artists, presents an average of 150 non-fiction films, and offers a variety of exciting events at the historic theater The Wilma and neighboring downtown Missoula venues.  

The 2020 festival will include 56 features and close to 100 short documentaries; including 24 world premieres and 13 international premieres. 

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