Anyone stepping into the Art Gallery or the National Film Corporation (NFC) Cinema this week will be treated to rich cultural feast of film shows, art and handicrafts from Iran.
The 32nd Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran falls on February 11, and to mark this day, the Cultural Section of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran has organized a cultural week from February 7 to 11 daily from 10 a.m to 5.30 p.m. at the National Art Gallery, Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 7. It will centre around- an exhibition of miniature paintings and handicrafts and the Iranian Film Week held in collaboration with the National Film Corporation at the N.F.C Cinema Hall, Bauddhaloka Mawatha, Colombo 7.
Three eminent artists from Iran will be attending the cultural week.“We hope to bring more artists in the future and nurture the relationships between Sri Lanka and Iran,” says Cultural Counsellor of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mehdi Rokni.
‘Iranian Film Week Pouran Derakhshandeh- In Retrospect’ will feature famous Iranian Director Pouran Derakhshandeh. A filmmaker, producer, researcher, screenwriter and lecturer, she is the first woman to start directing films following the Islamic Revolution in the late 1970s and is known for her focus on contemporary themes. She will also conduct a workshop for film enthusiasts at the National Film Corporation.
Five of her films will be screened during the week. The schedule is as follows:
February 7 - Love Without Frontier-
(Invitees only) - 6.p.m.
February 8 - Children of Eternity - 5.30 p.m.
February 9 - Twenty - 5.30 p.m.
February 10- Wet Dreams - 5.30 p.m.
February 11 - Lost Time - 5.30 p.m.
Among the artists is miniaturist Mrs. Jafari. Miniatures are tiny but detailed paintings depicting religious or mythological themes, with popular subjects being courting couples in traditional dress, polo matches and hunting scenes. This work of art can only be accomplished with a very fine hand and an extremely small brush.
Also visiting Sri Lanka is an expert on Khatam works. Khatam (Inlaid work) is where a wooden surface is decorated with delicate pieces of metal, bone and wood cut in geometrical figures and shapes. Today, Iran is the most important centre of such inlaid work in the world.
This event has been organized in order to showcase Iran’s rich culture. Entrance will be free of charge unless stated otherwise.