Pakistani minister terms Iranian films vibrant, close to Islamic values

Islamabad, Dec 12, IRNA - Pakistan Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb says Iranian films are vibrant and show the Islamic values of the society.

She was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the five-day Iranian film festival in Islamabad jointly organized by the Pakistan Council of the Arts (PCA) and the Cultural Wing of the Iranian Embassy.

“Iranian film makers do not follow international trends and try different things. They have gained international recognition and produce Oscar winning films. Their films are a true reflection of their religion and society,” the minister said.

The Iranian films are depicting glimpses of the culture of the country and its family values, she added. “One feels very younger while looking at Iranian films but at the same time they are very mature and uphold the value of Iranian society,” she noted.

The minister added that value system of Iranian society is intact in the films and the message is communicated about cultural heritage and language.

Marriyum Aurangzeb thanked the Iranian embassy for holding the film festival and also Director General of PCA to dedicate at least two days for the students of the colleges and universities whenever such cultural activities or film festivals of the friendly countries were held at the PCA so that the youth who constituted 65% of the population could also know about their culture.

She said that during the last 35 years the scourge of terrorism had damaged Pakistani Culture, Heritage and Film Industry like a termite.

“Pakistan has defeated terrorists and now we need to focus on the revival of our cultural heritage and such festivals will be beneficial in this regard,” she said.

The misniter said that the armed forces of Pakistan and the people had rendered unparalleled sacrifices to quell terrorism and the journey was still on and the people now had to achieve success in the war of perception.

She said that the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting was making strenuous efforts to revive the film industry and the package that the former prime minister announced for the revival of the film industry included many concessions on the production of films. The minister proposed that a similar festival of Pakistani movies should also be held in Iran.

She said Pakistan is planning on inviting Iranian film makers and experts in the field to collaborate with the Pakistani film industry and help revive it.

The minister observed that during the sixties and seventies, Pakistan had a thriving film industry but the scourge of terrorism had almost destroyed the culture, heritage and film industry of the country.

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