The 1979 Islamic Revolution that took place in Iran was a cultural one, said Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili, the Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance, in the closing ceremony of the 42nd Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) in Tehran.
Congratulating everyone over the 45th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Esmaili said, “One of the cultural markers of this revolution is that the peak of our cultural and artistic events is named Fajr,” which translates to “dawn” in Persian.
Expressing gratitude for the holding of the FIFF, he said that more than 27 million people have watched movies in cinema and that 13 new cinemas were made.
He further said that the FIFF this year was closer to the great ideals of the Iranian people compared to previous festivals.
The enthusiastic participation of veterans, first-time filmmakers, and others left an indelible mark on the days and nights of celebration for the Iranian society.
He added that the Fajr Film Festival was held in all provinces, and prominent Iranian figures were appreciated for their works.
The Fajr Film Festival spanned across all provinces, showcasing films that explored various themes, including Nationalization of the oil industry, Significant events of the 15th of Khordad, The remarkable journey of the Karbala captives, Images of medical personnel during the Sacred Defense, and Image of influential cultural figures.
Esmaili also announced that the largest cultural and artistic complex dedicated to the Fajr festivals is to be made in Tehran and expressed hope that the facility would be unveiled by the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.