Filmmakers for environmental protection in Iran

WED | 24.05.2016 19.00 h | Filmforum

Reza Kianian, Ali Ghamsari, Mohammad Ehsani

Environmental issues like pollution or shortages of natural resources are more and more of concern for the Iranian people. Filmmakers are documenting the endangerment of Iran’s unique nature. In cooperation with the “Green Film Festival” in Tehran, the “Green me Film Festival” in Berlin, and the “Nahal” Film Festival, we will be screening two Iranian documentaries on the subject of water. Host of this screening will be the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Music: Ali Ghamsari (Tar)


Owsia (Darkened Water) Documentary IR 2016, 30‘ // R: Alireza Dehghan

2500-year-old aqueduct of Qanate near Yazd (Sarkh) is considered an environmental UNESCO world heritage. Due to corruption and mismanagement the subterranean canals are not being maintained properly. Wastewater pollution is poisoning pure and clear water on its 84 km watercourse and causing its decay.


The Lonely Lake Documentary IR 2015, 46‘ // R: Mohammad Ehsani

This is a documentary about the critical condition of Lake Urmia in north-western Iran, which is in danger of drying out completely. The Lake has been the world’s second largest hyper saline lake after the Dead Sea and is home to countless faunal and animal species.


Panel Discussion

Mohammad Ehsani (»The Lonely Lake«), Reza Kianian* (actor and environmental activist), Farhad Tohidi (»Green Film Festival« Tehran), Nicolai Niemann (»Green Me Global« Festival), Bauke Baumann (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Berlin), Susanne Annen (Bundeskunsthalle Bonn), Sadra Mohaghegh (environmental journalist Iran)

Moderation: Amin Farzanefar


Reza Kianian *19 Juni 1951 in Teheran

Reza Kianian (*1951) is one of the most famous Iranian actors. Alongside his movie carrier he has also played in theatre productions, is a photographer, and an environmental activist. His campaign for the rescue of the Urumia Lake has gained more than 1.7 million signatures.



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