News ID: 190412
Published: 0702 GMT April 07, 2017

Iranian doc. 'Passengers' gets kudos in Belgium

Iranian doc. 'Passengers' gets kudos in Belgium

Iranian director Mahmoud Rahmani's 'Passengers' was warmly welcomed at the Young Vision Competition of the Millennium International Documentary Film Festival, which was held in Brussels from March 24 to April 2.

According to ISNA, the Iranian documentary received special mention of independent filmmakers.

The flick competed with 12 documentaries from the US, France, Austria, Congo, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.

In this documentary, Rahmani drives a taxi in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz to present an image of society and compile stories through conversations in the taxi.

Born in 1980, Rahmani made his first short film 'Gagola' in 2003. He holds an honorary degree from Workshop of DEFC and teaches filmmaking in schools.

In 2005, he directed his first documentary, which took part in a number of film festivals such as IDFA and Cinema du Reel. His documentaries 'Zero Degree Orbit' and 'Oak' have received more than 15 prizes at both national and international events.

Launched in 2009, the Millennium Festival is organized by Diogène ASBL, which has 23 years of experience in the production of documentary films both in Belgium and abroad.

It has produced numerous films in collaboration with international institutions and NGOs and organized many cultural and social events in Europe, whilst supervising and following the work of filmmakers around the world.

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