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Happy Norouz, Happy New Iranian Year 1396

The staff and management of the 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) wish all Iranians and other nations that celebrate Norouz worldwide a very Happy New Year.

Norouz, literally the “New Day”, marks both the beginning of a new year and the beginning of spring for Iranian families and others across the world.

Norouz is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on the day of the spring Equinox, which marks the sun’s crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

It has its origins in ancient Iran and Zoroastrianism, the ancient pre-Islamic religion but Iranians gave it an Islamic color after they converted to Islam.

Norouz is as one of the oldest and most cherished festivities celebrated for at least 3,000 years.

On the first day of the Persian New Year, family members usually gather around the Nowruz (Haft-Seen) table, and await the exact moment of the arrival of the spring.

The Haft-Seen table contains seven items whose names begin with a letter in the Persian alphabet which is equivalent to “S” in English. It usually includes Seeb (apple), Sabze (green grass), Serke (vinegar), Samanoo (a delicacy made from sprouted wheat), Senjed (the dried fruit of the oleaster tree), Sekke (coins), and Seer (garlic).

After the turn of the year, the first few days are spent visiting elders of the family, relatives and friends, with children receiving presents.

Sizdah-bedar is the last day of the New Year holidays. On the following day, routine life resumes; schools and offices open after almost a fortnight and life heads back to normalcy. The occasion has no religious significance and is celebrated by all.

In addition to Iran, Sizdah Bedar is also among the festivals celebrated in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, India, and many other parts of the world.

Games using horse are often chosen since this animal also represents rain. Adults and older people may play the traditional game of backgammon.

During the picnic day of Sizdah Bedar, some people also follow the oldest prank-tradition in the world and play jokes on each other. This has possibly led many men and women to consider that the origin of the April Fools’ Day goes back to the Iranian tradition of Sizdah-bedar.

Ebtekar describes IIGFF6 as vital

Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar said the 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) plays a pivotal role in undertaking reforms in lifestyle and behavioral pattern of people in the society.

Ebtekar made the remarks while touring the IIGFF6 pavilion in the 16th Iran International Environment Exhibition in Tehran.

She also expressed hope that the festival, which would be held in Tehran and some other Iranian cities from July 22 to 28, 2017, will bring about good outcomes.

Ebtekar underlined that the prestigious cinematic  event would undoubtedly be warmly welcomed by the domestic and international artists.

The 16th Iran International Environment Exhibition (24-27 February) kicked off in Tehran on Friday with the attendance of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

A total of 300 domestic and 20 foreign companies from Germany, South Korea, UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, China, Sweden, Finland, New Zealand, France, Japan, Russia, Norway and Austria have attended the four-day event.

Tohidi calls for protecting environment

The secretary of 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6), Farhad Tohidi called for protecting the environment in a gathering in Tehran on Thursday (March 9).

Tohidi made the remarks in a ceremony held in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran on the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week.

“We have stood firmly to prevent the impact of industry on the environment. We are trying to protect the environment with the language of art that does not need a translation,” he added.

The secretary IIGFF6 underlined that the prestigious Iran’s sole environmental gathering on motion pictures has put its attention on movies fostering green economy and is slated to be held in Tehran and some other Iranian cities from July 22 to 28, 2017.

Tohidi underlined that the IIGFF6 will have green economy as its main theme, focusing on sustainable cities, sustainable tourism and clean energy in selecting movies for the festival.

The Natural Recyclabe Resources Week started in Iran on March 5 with the National Tree-planting Day

Ebtekar hails IIGFF6 role in promoting green economy

Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar said that the 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) should put the promotion of green economy in the framework of the global economy in its spotlight.

Ebtekar made the remarks in a gathering attended by several Iranian journalists and cinema people in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran on the occasion of the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week which started on March 5.

Touching upon the July 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), she said the move has paved the ground for presence of Iran in the global markets.

Describing the festival as a successful move, she added the environmental effects are felt not in a specific region or a country, but across the globe.

Meanwhile, Managing director of Iran’s House of Cinema Manuchehr Shahsavari planted a cherry sapling at the garden in Tehran in the memory of late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami aimed at reminding fans of his renowned 1997 minimalist film titled ‘Taste of Cherry.

Cherry sapling planted in memory of Kiarostami’s ‘Taste of Cherry’

Managing director of Iran’s House of Cinema Manuchehr Shahsavari planted a cherry sapling at the garden in Tehran in the memory of late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami on Thursday (March 9).

Planted on the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week which started on March 5, the cherry sapling is going to remind Kiarostami’s fans of his renowned 1997 minimalist film titled ‘Taste of Cherry’.

Addressing a gathering attended by several Iranian journalists and cinema people in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran,  Shahsavari underlined that natural resources are very important, adding that:”On behalf of cinema people, I would like to challenge those organizations and managers who are destroying the environment for their own interests.”

Taste of Cherry is a film about a man who drives through a city suburb looking for someone who can carry out the task of burying him after he commits suicide.

The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.

The veteran Iranian film-maker was also remembered at this year’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.

Kiarostami is widely felt to be one of the most important directors of the past 20 years.

He died on July 4, 2016 in France where he had been receiving treatment for cancer. The 76-year-old award-winning filmmaker suffered a stroke in Paris a few days after leaving Tehran.

Meanwhile, Head of IIGFF6 Public Relations Mortez Ranjbaran planted three young trees in the memory of late Iranian journalists including Reza Rostami, Ali Vazini and Mohsen Seif who were active in the fields of environment.

The three Iranian journalists passed away in 2016.

Managing director of Iran’s House of Cinema Manuchehr Shahsavari planted a cherry sapling at the garden in Tehran in the memory of late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami on Thursday (March 9).
Planted on the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week which started on March 5, the cherry sapling is going to remind Kiarostami’s fans of his renowned 1997 minimalist film titled ‘Taste of Cherry’.
Addressing a gathering attended by several Iranian journalists and cinema people in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran, Shahsavari underlined that natural resources are very important, adding that:”On behalf of cinema people, I would like to challenge those organizations and managers who are destroying the environment for their own interests.”
Taste of Cherry is a film about a man who drives through a city suburb looking for someone who can carry out the task of burying him after he commits suicide.
The film was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
The veteran Iranian film-maker was also remembered at this year’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles.
Kiarostami is widely felt to be one of the most important directors of the past 20 years.
He died on July 4, 2016 in France where he had been receiving treatment for cancer. The 76-year-old award-winning filmmaker suffered a stroke in Paris a few days after leaving Tehran.
Meanwhile, Head of IIGFF6 Public Relations Mortez Ranjbaran planted three young trees in the memory of late Iranian journalists including Reza Rostami, Ali Vazini and Mohsen Seif who were active in the fields of environment.
The three Iranian journalists passed away in 2016.
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 Ebtekar hails IIGFF6 role in promoting green economy
Vice-President and Head of the Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar said that the 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6) should put the promotion of green economy in the framework of the global economy in its spotlight.
Ebtekar made the remarks in a gathering attended by several Iranian journalists and cinema people in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran on the occasion of the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week which started on March 5.
Touching upon the July 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), she said the move has paved the ground for presence of Iran in the global markets.
Describing the festival as a successful move, she added the environmental effects are felt not in a specific region or a country, but across the globe.
Meanwhile, Managing director of Iran’s House of Cinema Manuchehr Shahsavari planted a cherry sapling at the garden in Tehran in the memory of late Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami aimed at reminding fans of his renowned 1997 minimalist film titled ‘Taste of Cherry.
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 Tohidi calls for protecting environment
The secretary of 6th International Green Film Festival (IIGFF6), Farhad Tohidi called for protecting the environment in a gathering in Tehran on Thursday (March 9).
Tohidi made the remarks in a ceremony held in Pardisan Park in the northwest of Tehran on the occasion of the Natural Recyclable Resources Week.
“We have stood firmly to prevent the impact of industry on the environment. We are trying to protect the environment with the language of art that does not need a translation,” he added.
The secretary IIGFF6 underlined that the prestigious Iran’s sole environmental gathering on motion pictures has put its attention on movies fostering green economy and is slated to be held in Tehran and some other Iranian cities from July 22 to 28, 2017.
Tohidi underlined that the IIGFF6 will have green economy as its main theme, focusing on sustainable cities, sustainable tourism and clean energy in selecting movies for the festival.
The Natural Recyclabe Resources Week started in Iran on March 5 with the National Tree-planting Day.


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