Iran children film festival to be honored with Japan peace symbol

Japan is scheduled to honor the 27th Iranian Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults with its peace symbol known as ‘Paper Cranes (Origami Cranes)’.

Japanese peace representative Masahiro Sasaki will come to Iran to dedicate the symbol to the festival that is set to be held in the Iranian historical city of Isfahan.

Masahiro is the older brother of the Sadako Sasaki who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 11 due to result of the radiation from the atomic bomb in Hiroshima when she was two.

According to the traditional Japanese belief, the paper crane is a symbol of luck; based on the belief, Sadako spent her time in a nursing home creating origami cranes in hope of making a thousand of them to be granted a wish.

While Sadako made only 644 cranes in seeking her wish of living, she met her death in October, 1955. After Sadako’s tragedy, the paper crane was popularized as a peace symbol.

Meanwhile, Iranian children’s director Sirous Hassanpour is planning to produce his new project based on Sadako’s story occurred in Hiroshima and the chemical attack on the Iranian town of Sardasht, during Iran-Iraq war in 1987.

This year’s Isfahan children’s film festival is programmed to screen 75 films from 40 countries in two main sections of the international cinema and international animation.

The participated films are to represent the countries such as Poland, Canada, Argentine, Australia, Italy, India, Taiwan, Turkey, France, and Russia.

Founded in 1985, the event was part of Fajr International Film Festival in its first three years.

A large group of Iranian and international cineastes and children are planning to flock to the year’s festival that will take place from October 7 to 11, 2013.

By Press TV

 

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