• Mon / 16 September 2019 / 15:50
  • Category: Culture and Art
  • News Code: 98062512045
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Trump, the murderer of Iranian Independent Cinema

Trump, the murderer of Iranian Independent Cinema

By Alireza Bahrami

Tehran (ISNA) - The president of the United States says that one of the reasons for imposing new sanctions on Iran is to help the Iranian people to be free. Those who do not agree with imposing economic sanctions on a country may temporarily approve it and even participate in it, when they face a situation where sanctions can help the freedom and liberty of people of a country.

But is it really true? The fact is US sanctions against Iran have made it harder for the media, publishers, and independent artists, rather than government to continue their activities. Anyway, sanctions make it difficult for all the people, including the media, publishers and art companies dependent to state budget to continue their work, but it is even harder for media, publishers and independent artists.

Recently, the Variety magazine published a report saying economic sanctions have tightened the situation for production and international presence of Iranian films. The fact is Iranian independent filmmakers have suffered more. Spending has tripled in Iran, which has dramatically increased the costs of film production. International relations are also affected by the situation.

In addition to the fact that film production, especially by independent filmmakers, has declined, festival organizers have become reluctant to select Iranian films because, beside the need for an international distribution and advertising system, the problem is now, any banking transactions between Iran and other countries are almost impossible. Meanwhile, fears of American punitive policies have made Europeans very cautious.

The rise of political tensions between the United States and Iran, in addition to other causes, has led EU countries and the Schengen area to significantly reduce issuing visa for Iranians. This problem has been felt when Iranians attended foreign festivals and exhibitions such as the Frankfurt Book Fair. Even some movie festivals, after many years, refused to issue a visa to cinematic reporters.

The result is that a film about Iranian cinema was not accepted at Berlinale, Cannes and Karlovy Vary this year. This situation has caused some hardliners in Iran insist that it is the time to boycott Western film festivals, which not only disrupted the relationship of the cultural diplomacy of the land of Persia with the West, but also a cavity for the cinematic community of the world.

Do not forget that Abbas Kiarostami, when he won the golden palm of the Cannes Film Festival, opened a new window between the world's glances, and Asghar Farhadi also won the Oscars twice in the past few years, although the second time due to immigration policies by Trump, he could not travel to the United States to receive his prize. He presented the Academy with a female astronaut and a senior NASA director who was born in Iran and lives in the United States.

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