TEHRAN — Iranian filmmakers Elaheh Nobakht and Negin Ahmadi are among the juries of the 20th Dhaka International Film Festival, which is currently taking place in the Bangladeshi capital.
Nobakht is on the jury of the Women Filmmakers competition, which also includes Turkish TV channel Oya Dogan, Bulgarian filmmaker Yana Lekarska and Bangladeshi documentary filmmaker Mehzad Ghalib.
Nobakht, who is also CEO of ELI Image, an international film production and distribution company, has served as a jury member at various international film festivals such as the Religion Today Film Festival in Italy, the International Oriental Film Festival de Genève in Switzerland, the Beirut International Women Film Festival in Lebanon and Mena International Film Festival in the Netherlands.
His documentary “Beloved” was screened at numerous international events, including IDFA and Berlinale, and took first place among the top five medium-length films selected by audience votes at the Hot Docs festival in Toronto, Canada 2019.
The Iranian films “Lady of the City” by Maryam Bahrololumi, “Here Yet Absent” by Fariba Chupannejad, “Maryam’s House” by Mahbub Molai and “Atabai” by Niki Karimi are in competition in this section.
Ahmadi is part of the interreligious jury of the spiritual films section. Belarusian filmmaker Igor Sukmanov, Indian screenwriter and director Rajni Basumatary and Bangladeshi actor and filmmaker Nader Chowdhury accompany Ahmadi in the jury.
Ahmadi is the director of the acclaimed documentaries “Connie Bell”, “Shirin Days”, “Zhivai” and “Zahra Goli” on environmental and social issues.
“Dream about Sohrab” by Ali Qavitan, “Holy Bread” by Rahim Zabihi, “The Last Breath” by Faraz Fadaian, “Anahid” by Hamidreza Alipur, “Grandmother” Fardin Ansarinejad and “Nahid” Samad Alizadeh were selected to be projected in this section.
More than 20 films by other Iranian filmmakers are also competing in the other sections of the festival.
In the Asian film competition, five films, including the acclaimed dramas “Walnut Tree” by Mohammad-Hossein Mahdavian and “Botox” by Kaveh Mazaheri, will screen at the festival, which will run until Jan. 23.
“Fathers” by Salem Salavati, “A Bumpy Story” by Kamal Tabrizi and “On the Zero Line”, an Iranian, Singaporean and Japanese co-production directed by Mehrdad Ghaffarzadeh and Yoshimasa Jimbo, will also be screened in this category.
Photo: A combination photo shows Iranian filmmakers Elaheh Nobakht and Negin Ahmadi.