East Los Angeles College Festival to Host Iranian Animation Day

TEHRAN — East Los Angeles College plans to hold Iranian Animation Day during its 7th annual Animation Film Festival on March 26.

The event will open with remarks from Linda Kallan, Chair of the Art Department at ELAC and Bijan Tehrani, Editor-in-Chief of the Cinema Without Borders Foundation, who is also the Festival Director.

Nine animated shorts, including “The Sixth String” directed by Bahram Azimi, will be screened during the event, which will be organized with the contribution of the Cinema and Without Borders Foundation and Aduren Studio.

A video message showing Azimi talking about “The Sixth String” and a short film about the production of the animation will also be screened.

The film is about a musician who wants to compose his new music inspired by his new car.

The film’s story is based on the life of Darvish Khan, a Persian classical musician and tar player, who died 90 years ago in a car accident. He is considered the first victim of a car accident in Iran.

“Am I a wolf?”, winner of the Golden Dove for best animated film at the 62nd DOK Leipzig in Germany, will also be reviewed.

Directed by Amir-Hushang Moin, the film tells the story of a group of children who act out the familiar story of the wolf and the yearlings at school in the form of a puppet show. The nanny goat crying for her one-year-old cubs and the angry wolf in his loneliness face each other.

“The White Whale” by Iranian director Amir-Hossein Mehran is another highlight of the lineup. It won the Best Animated Short Award at the 12th Warsaw Film Festival.

The animation tells the story of a man who lost his close friends in an airstrike during the war long ago. After 30 years, he searches for their remains in a large river when a white whale is the only sign he has.

The event also includes “Hajar’S Wedding” by Mahin Javaherian, “The Tree |” by Sareh Shafipur, “When I was a Child” by Maryam Kashkolinia, “The Switchman” by Mehdi Khorramian, “The Fox” by Sadeq Javadi, “Malakout” Farnush Abedi and “Gone” by Samaneh Asadi.

Film experts Sarah Baisley, Tom Sito and Mike Libonati will also participate in a panel discussion.

The program will end with a tribute to legendary Iranian animation artist Ali-Akbar Sadeqi, director of the acclaimed animated shorts “Seven Cities” and “Flower Storm”.

Photo: “Flowerstorm” by Ali-Akbar Sadeqi.

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