Finding Farideh nu te zien op

Bijgaand nog een andere flyer… van Finding Farideh!

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Finding Farideh staat online voor Nederland en NL Caribisch gebied.

Nieuwe flyer van Finding Farideh.
Fotocredit: Shauheen Daneshfar

Finding Farideh is online te zien op, bijgaand de link: klik hier.
Veel plezier met kijken! En ik hoop dat je even kan ontsnappen aan deze moeilijke en onzekere tijden waar we allemaal mee te maken hebben!

Bijgaand een indrukwekkende lijst van awards & filmfestivals van Finding Farideh:

Awards Finding Farideh :

Cinema Verite International Film Festival-Tehran, Iran
–    Best Film in Art & Experience Section
–    Best Editing
–    Best Music
–    Festival director’s special prize

20th Iran’s Cinema Celebration Academy Awards
–   Best Feature Documentary Award

10th Independent Celebration of Iranian Documentary Films
–   Honorary diploma for best directing
–   Best sound design

Kazan International Muslim Film Festival- Russia
–    Special Prize of the Tataristan’s President for “Humanity in Cinema”

Los Angeles film Awards, USA
–   Honorable mention for Best Documentary Feature

Ojai International Film Festival- California, USA
–   Honorable mention for Best Documentary Feature

17th Hafez Cinema & Television Independent Awards- Tehran, Iran
–  Best Feature Documentary Award

1st “Cinema Cinema Academy Awards”- Tehran, Iran
–  Best Feature Documentary Award

5th Herat International Women’s Film Festival- Kabul, Afghanistan
–   Best Feature Documentary Award

Festivals Finding Farideh: 

  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival- Montana, USA
  • Istanbul International Film Festival-Turkey
  • Middle East Now Film Festival- Florence, Italy
  • Docudays UA International film festival- Kiev, Ukraine
  • Flahertiana International Documentary Film Festival- Perm, Russia
  • Heartland International Film Festival- Indiana, USA
  • Didor International Film Festival- Tajikistan
  • Iranian Film Festival in Zurich- Switzerland
  • Fadjr International Film Festival- Tehran, Iran
  • Prague Iranian Film Festival- Czech Republic
  • Iranian Film festival in Cologne- Germany
  • Persian Film Festival in Melbourne- Australia
  • Shahr International Film Festival- Tehran, Iran
  • Asian World Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA
  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival, USA
  • Kasseler Doc Fest- Kasseler, Germany
  • Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh
  • Edinburgh Iranian Film Festival, Scotland UK
  • Beirut International Women Film Festival, Lebanon-  postponed



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Edinburgh Iranian Festival

Finding Farideh will have a screening this Saturday at Edinburgh Iranian Festival 2020.

The screening starts at 15.00h and I will be there for a Q & A.
For tickets please click here.
Hope to see you there!

It reminds me of the day I arrived at Palm Springs in January and met a man from Scotland at my hotel. We had some nice talks and I remember saying I wish one day to visit Scotland.
Never realizing that this wish becomes reality in only a few months later. I hope he catches the news and comes to see Finding Farideh with his wife. Life is beautiful.

I will write a bit later about my experience in January in Palms Springs and Santa Barbara as these were very intense and special days.

First up now is beautiful Scotland, Edinburgh!

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Poem by Gibran

“True light is that which radiates from within a man. It reveals the secrets of the soul to the soul and lets it rejoice in life, singing in the name of the Spirit. Truth is like the stars, which cannot be seen except beyond the darkness of night. Truth is like all beautiful things in existence; it does not reveal its beauties save to those who have felt the weight of falsehood. Truth is a hidden feeling which teaches us to rejoice in our days and to wish all mankind that rejoicing.” -Kahlil Gibran-

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Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2020

Finding Farideh will have three screenings at the 35th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival:

THURSDAY – 16-Jan – 4:30 PM – LOBERO
FRIDAY – 17-Jan – 4:00 PM – FIESTA 3
SATURDAY – 18-Jan – 8:00 AM – METRO 1

And I will be there for a Q&A afterwards.

Hope to see you there, and for more information and tickets, please see their website, click here.

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Finding Farideh and the Academy Award love affair

So Monday night the news came out and Finding Farideh was not visible on the shortlists for the Oscars 2020.

I was convinced we would be on the list. That though has more to do with my confidence in myself and the film and you know what..

I am fine.. the tension drifted away which feels like a liberation. Iran gave me this honor and that will never be otherwise. That will never change. Ofcourse the list would have been great, though Finding Farideh will always be Iran’s entry for Oscars 2020 with or without the Oscar. That matters to me most.

And yet a lot of people heard or read the title at least and might want to watch it anyway…

We were definitely the underdog with Finding Farideh, from Iran including all difficulties due to the political and economical sanctions, with no budget to begin with and then we did raise money for the PR and screenings… which was awesome.

So THANK YOU to all the crowdfunders for believing in Finding Farideh, I met so many beautiful and creative Iranians in Los Angeles, feeling so blessed to be part of this unique journey.. THANK YOU to the Academy Award members whom I met in LA for their warmth, support and love it was an absolute pleasure to meet you and you made me feel so welcome. THANK YOU to our wonderful team in LA, Nakta, Tatiana, Despina, Azadeh & Alireza, who made sure I was doing fine at all times, thank you for the love and support.
THANK YOU to Kamran and Paula for letting me stay in their place while I was there, I am forever grateful to you for your hospitality.
THANK YOU to all my new friends I made in LA (and at the airport and plane) and yes I will be back in January and hope to see you again while watching the sunset for example..
THANK YOU to all my Uber drivers in LA whom I had such inspirational spiritual conversations with I was very impressed by all of you and you showed me support and interest and opened up about oneself to me.
THANK YOU to the board of cinema in Iran for your belief in Finding Farideh and to be bold and brave enough to send Finding Farideh to the Oscars 2020. Till next time in Iran.
THANK YOU to the entire team of Finding Farideh in Iran and the Netherlands, everyone who worked so hard for this project. I see you and I thank you for all the love you showed me for Finding Farideh. It means the world to me.
THANK YOU God, guardian angels, spirits, ancestors and power animals for being with me in eternity.


Looking forward to going back to Los Angeles in January and attend two famous film festivals for Q & A. Finding Farideh will screen at 4 film festivals around the world in January so stay tuned for more exciting news!

And congratulations to all the filmmakers who did make it to the shortlist.

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Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020

Finding Farideh will screen at Palm Springs International Film Festival 2020
at 9th and 10th of January 2020;


In this deeply moving documentary, Eline Farideh Koning gives filmmakers Kourosh Ataee and Azadeh Moussavi full access to the emotional journey she embarked upon in search of her identity. Currently residing in Amsterdam, Koning’s friends and adoptive family have always had concerns for her safety whenever she would express the desire to visit her birth country of Iran. Now 40, Koning feels ready to travel back to her place of origin, allowing the camera to tag along for the voyage, from the preparation to her time spent there. Koning doesn’t shy away from revealing her feelings in front of the camera, making her anticipation and emotions palpable. Through Koning’s curious eyes, a different side of Iran appears on screen. After co-directing a documentary about the impact of Iran winning the Foreign Language Oscar® in 2012, directing duo Ataee and Moussavi comes full circle with Finding Farideh, Iran’s entry for this year’s Oscars®’ Best International Feature Film, the first non-fiction submission for the country.

In competition for the FIPRESCI Prize

Please see this link: 

I will attend the Palm Springs festival and do a Q & A after the screenings. Looking forward to this prestigious film festival in the US!

Hope to see you there!
With love,

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