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January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The government of Iran has come to the rescue of a film festival devoted to the work of women filmmakers. Now in its seventh year, the Parvin Etesami Film Festival had faced disbandment due to lack of funds, according to the Persian service of the Arab newswire MNA. Festival secretary Maziar Rezakhani was quoted as saying that he had received assurances from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance that the government will provide the necessary funds to hold the event since it regards the festival as the most important event dedicated to Iranian women’s films. Rezakhani said that over 800 female directors are making films in Iran and that they are “more acquainted with daily concerns and problems of the society.” The festival appears to be steering clear of controversial political and social issues pertaining to Iranian women. The English-language Tehran Times said that this year’s edition, scheduled to be held in Tehran Feb. 19-22, “will focus on the role of woman in the economy of the family.”