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Iran reopens film group in hint of moderate shift


September 12. 2013 5:38AM
Associated Press

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(AP) Iranian authorities say a prominent center for filmmakers and artists can reopen, more than 20 months after it was closed by hard-liners.


The decision, reported Thursday by the official IRNA news agency, appears to reflect the more tolerant views on social and cultural issues by Iran's new moderate-leaning president, Hasan Rouhani.


IRNA quotes Hojjatollah Ayoubi, a deputy culture minister, as saying the reopening of the House of Cinema is an indication of support for film by Rouhani's government.


The closure of the 20-year-old center in early 2012 brought outcry from many prominent filmmakers, including director Asghar Farhadi, who won Iran's first Academy Award in 2012 for "A Separation."


Hard-liners had repeatedly criticized the film center for supporting liberal views.


Associated Press


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