Mehrdad Rakhshandeh, cultural counsellor of the Iranian Embassy, speaks during the opening of the film screening at the National Library theater in Jakarta on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Iran Cultural Center)

Indonesians Get a Taste of Iranian Cinema During Jakarta Screening


OCTOBER 02, 2019

Jakarta. The Iran Cultural Center in Indonesia screened movies from the Islamic republic at the National Library in Central Jakarta on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Four award-winning movies were shown during the two-day event, aimed at introducing Iranian films to Indonesians.

Tuesday saw the screening of "Bodyguard" and "Where Are My Shoes," while "Under the Smoky Roof" and "Crazy Castle" were shown on Wednesday. The latter was directed by Abolhassan Davoodi, who won an award at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.

Mehrdad Rakhshandeh, cultural counsellor at the Iranian Embassy, said the two countries had strengthened their ties with the film screening, because the movie showed cultural similarities, especially in terms of religion and culture.

The screenings were well attended, especially by students visiting the library.

Siti, an audience member, said she grew to like Iran movies after watching it for the first time.

"I really enjoyed it, this is the first time I watch an Iranian movie, the story is unique," she said on Wednesday, after watching "Crazy Castle."

Rakhshandeh said the embassy was also looking at screenings in Bandung, West Java, and Yogyakarta. He added that screenings were planned for Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University and Bina Nusantara University this month.

The Iran Cultural Center held a large festival and exhibition at a shopping mall in Jakarta last year.