A special ceremony was held in the Iranian capital city of Tehran to honor renowned Chilean film director and screenwriter, Miguel Ernesto Littin Cucumides.
According to a report carried by the Secretariat of the International Section of Ammar International Popular Film Festival (APFF) on Wednesday, the Chilean figure was honored during a cultural event at Ebne Sina (Avicenna) Hall of Tehran University’s Faculty of Medicine on Tuesday afternoon.
Secretary of the APFF Nader Talebzadeh, who was an Islamic Revolution campaigner during the Pahlavi regime, addressed the meeting, saying, "Globalization of the Islamic Revolution began right from the day of its victory and I can clearly remember what was going on in the world before and after the revolution."
He further thanked Littin for attending APFF as the first international cinematic figure, saying more prominent figures will be invited to particiapte in the next edition of the festival.
Figures such as Abolqassem Talebi, Masood Shojaie Tabatabaie, Mohammad-Hossein Niroumand, Ezatollah Motahari (Shahi), Seyed Salim Ghafouri, Ensieh Shah-Hosseini and Sina Vahed, Iran's former cultural counselor in Argentina and a number of other Islamic Revolution artists and figures were present at the ceremony.
Littin participated in the first section of the third edition of the APFF, held in Tehran on August 24-26, 2016. He will leave Iran for Chile later this week.
He is known internationally as one of the foremost Latin American filmmakers. He has made 17 feature films and feature-length documentaries. Five of Littin’s films have been featured at the Cannes film festival. His most recent film was Allende in His Labyrinth 2014 (Allende en su Laberinto) about the last 7 hours of former President of Chile Salvador Allende during the brutal military coup d’etat on Sept. 11, 1973.
More than 5,000 films from 129 countries were submitted to the secretariat of the APFF, which was a record-breaking number.
The mission of Ammar festival is to help the world become familiarized with the Iranian culture and promote the true image of Iran and the Iranian people.
This edition of the festival highlighted the role of global arrogant powers in orchestrating coups in other countries and overthrowing those who do not follow their lead.
The date of the international event was coincided with the 63rd anniversary of the US-sponsored 1953 coup d'état against the government of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadeq.
The CIA has acknowledged that the overthrow of Mossadeq was "carried out under CIA direction as an act of US foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government," with the aid of the British Secret Intelligence Service.
A series of meetings and workshops were also held on the sidelines of the event.