The Kuwaiti satellite channel aired a program on Friday, in which Kuwaiti film critic Farouq Abdel Aziz reviewed the Iranian film The Color of Paradise directed by Majid Majidi.
The film is about the plight of a blind kid called Mohammed who becomes victim for the “blindness” of his father who wants to get rid of him in order to be able to get married for the second time. The father throws his son in an orphanage school in Teheran hoping to forget him but the school administration returns the boy to his father because it cannot spend on him infinitely.
In his program, Abdel Aziz pointed to the Iranian filmmakers’ success as they have won several prizes in the last decade, due to the charming simplicity of their films, which makes them easy to watch. He added that Western critics have found holiness and meaning in recent Iranian productions, which has been forgotten by those in the West.
He spoke of the widespread praise and acclaim for Iranian films by critics in the West, and added that the US-based Time magazine has chosen an Iranian film as on of the best 10 films of 2001.
The Kuwaiti critic also mentioned the awards won by Iranian directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Majid Majidi and Marzieh Meshkini among others.
The Color of Paradise has won several awards including prizes from the Critics Associations of Boston, London, and Santiago.
Arab satellite channels, according to the daily al Hayat, have started to feel the charm of the Iranian films after they secured good reputation that echoed at the various international festivals.
It is clear that these films reached the Arabic viewer late compared to others, particularly the west which was familiar with these films at early stages and introduced them through the prizes which they were donated in Cannes, Lucerne and Nant and to some extent at Berlin and Venice international festivals – Albawaba.com