Sunday, February 24, 2013

Iran holds 3rd Hollywoodism International Conference in Tehran

The Islamic Republic of Iran has held the third Hollywoodism International Conference in Tehran.

The conference was held on the sidelines of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in the Iranian capital on Sunday.

Many filmmakers, directors, actors, and movie critics as well as politicians and economists took part at the conference.

    “Hollywood is the epicenter of entertainment, but it has a dark side [from which] we have been getting the aggression of Hollywood,” Nader Talebzade, the secretary of the conference noted.

Mike Gravel, a former US Senator who attended the conference, condemned Hollywood’s role in imposing imperialistic views on people of the world.

    “Hollywood is just a tool of the American government, and European governments to prosecute their imperialistic views whether it is in economy…culture…or religion,” Gravel stated.

The first Hollywoodism and Cinema conference was held in Iran in 2011.

The 2012 edition of the conference reviewed last year’s protests in US and European cities and their impressive messages for film adaptation as well as other related subjects.

About 48 foreign scholars from France, the US, Canada, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Tunisia, Italy, Egypt, Russia, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Palestine, and the UK took part in last year’s conference.

This year's edition of Fajr International Film Festival kicked off in Tehran on January 31 and will continue up to February 10.

Iran holds the international Fajr film, theater, music, visual arts, and poetry festivals every year to mark the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.