Iran to mark Islamic Revolution Art Day on Avini’s martyrdom anniversary

Iran Daily – Several organizations nationwide will hold cultural programs on the martyrdom anniversary of documentary filmmaker Morteza Avini (April 9) which is known as the Day of Islamic Revolution Art.

In addition, ‘Week of Islamic Revolution Arts’ begins today and is scheduled to run until April 15 at Iran’s Art Bureau to commemorate artists whose works focused on the Islamic Revolution.

In the event, veteran writer Hedayatollah Behboodi will be honored as a prominent Islamic Revolution writer while top works in the field of Islamic Revolution will also be unveiled.

The event is held annually to coincide with Avini’s martyrdom anniversary. He was martyred on April 9, 1993 and this day is observed as the Day of Islamic Revolution Art in his honor.

In 2016, a book about his life and works titled ‘Avini’s Biography’ by Mehdi Mozafari-Savoji was compiled in 16 chapters.

Avini’s films, mostly covering the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, and his books in the fields of philosophy, poetry, cinema, graphics, painting and theoretical and religious issues, are introduced in the subsequent three chapters.

A selection of authors, cineastes and critics’ speeches, opinions and memoirs of Avini and his works as well as letters to him and poems in his honor are presented in nine chapters.

Avini (1947-1993) was born in Rey, south of Tehran. He received a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Tehran. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, he began making documentary films.

His most known work was the series ‘Revayat-e-Fath’ (The Chronicles of Victory) broadcast on national TV from 1986-1988. Depicting the true face of the Iran-Iraq war on the front lines, the series was widely welcomed. Avini himself wrote the script and narrated the scenes.

His other achievements were the launching of the monthly ‘Adabiat-e Dastani’ (fiction literature) and the establishment of the center for ‘Religious Studies of Art’.