Turkish critic: Iran, Turkey have cultural similarities

Tehran, April 24, IRNA - Turkish film critic and author Gonul Donmez-Colin who specializes in the cinemas of the Middle East and Central Asia said Iran and turkey share similar cultures and their influence on their cinema is massive.

She made the remarks on the sidelines of the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival (FIFF) currently underway in Tehran.

Donmez-Colin said the FIFF has the potential to expand regionally and internationally.

She is the author of many books, including 'The Cinema of North Africa and the Middle East', 'Turkish Cinema: Identity, Distance and Belonging' and 'Women, Islam and Cinema'.

Commenting on her book about female filmmakers of the Middle East which covers several interviews with Iranian women directors, she said the book has been finished and is slated to be published later this year.

Presided over by writer-director Reza Mirkarimi, the 36th edition of Fajr International Film Festival will continue until April 27.

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