The intense effect of cinema on human history is undeniable.Everything changed after the Lumière brothers brought cinema to life.
Personally, I know that my life was never the same after I discovered movies. So much so, that cinema has become the central and most essential part of my life. The first time I fell in love, was after watching Ali Hatami’s Sooteh Delan (1987), the first time I laughed wholeheartedly was after watching Dariush Mehrjui’s The Tenants (1986), the first time I experienced deep, profound sorrow was after watching Schindler’s List (1993). There is no doubt on my mind that experiencing all these different moods and emotions was only possible through the magic of cinema.
Iran is among the top five countries that produce more than a 100 movies per year. Since a lot of these films get lost in the shuffle and the ever-complicated maze of international film festivals, we decided to bring a diverse selection of contemporary Iranian movies to screen in Canada through our company, Aria Persys. It is our hope that both Iranians and non-Iranians in Canada get to see, experience and appreciate the riches that Iranian cinema has to offer.
Pezhman Hadavi Executive Director