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“The Doll”, “Makeup Artist” in competition at the Melgaço Documentary Film Festival

TEHRAN – Iranian films “Makeup Artist” and “The Doll” will compete at the MDOC – Melgaço International Documentary Film Festival in Portugal.

“Makeup Artist” directed by Jafar Najafi will be screened in the feature films category and “The Doll” by Elaheh Esmaeili will be presented in the short and medium-length section.

The film follows Mina, a young woman in conflict with her husband because she wants to continue her studies and go to university to become a make-up artist in the cinema. Mina must divorce her or, according to local customs, allow her husband to remarry, and the child belongs to the father. Mina decides to choose a wife for her husband on her own, to ensure that the stepmother treats and takes care of Mina’s son properly.

“Makeup Artist” has been screened at many international festivals and has won several awards, including the FIPRESCI award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in the Netherlands.

The film also won Best Documentary Feature at the 15th Cinéma Vérité Festival, the main international documentary film festival in Iran.

In addition, the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in Japan awarded him its Excellence Award.

Winner of the prize for best documentary short at the Canadian documentary festival Hot Docs in Toronto, “The Doll” is a young girl of about 14, whose father consents to her marriage. Through a series of startlingly candid interviews, the secrets and indiscretions of Asal’s father are slowly revealed and his true intentions revealed.

The MDOC – International Documentary Film Festival of Melgaço will take place from August 1 to 7 screening dozens of films from all over the world.

The festival aims to promote and disseminate ethnographic and social cinema, seeking films that demonstrate the author’s point of view on social, individual and cultural issues related to identity, memory and borders.

Photo: A scene from “Makeup Artist” directed by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Najafi.