On Thursday, July 30, 2020, a joint meeting was held at ECI headquarters between Sarvar Bakhti, the ECI president and H.E. Rahim Hayat Qureshi, Ambassador of Pakistan to Iran, as well as Alireza Tabesh, CEO of Farabi Cinema Foundation.
According to ECO Cultural Institute, at the meeting, the CEO of Farabi Cinema Foundation presented a comprehensive report on the process of the making of a film on Allama Iqbal in cooperation with Iran and Pakistan.
Tabesh went on to praise the character of Iqbal, a poet, philosopher and a Muslim intellectual of the ECO region, whose thoughts and ideas are still resonating throughout the world. "The professionals of the field in Iran and Pakistan are well working on the project of making Iqbal's film; however, the assistance and willingness of governments contributes to the advancement of this great project and the acceleration of its progress", he said.
In his remarks, Sarvar Bakhti, the ECI president, also expressed gratitude to the CEO of Farabi Cinema Foundation for presenting a report on the joint project of making Iqbal's film by 'two founding members of ECO Cultural Institute' and emphasized: "In line with our mission to promote the common cultural heritage of the peoples of the ECO region to the world, we will do our best to make this important cultural project happen."
Bakhti concluded his remarks expressing ECI's all-out support for the production of Iqbal's film during all stages of production.
Elsewhere at the meeting, H.E. Mr. Rahim Hayat Qureshi, the Ambassador of Pakistan, appreciated the President of the ECO Cultural Institute for his support and thanked Farabi Cinema Foundation for their cooperation in advancing the project. He further expressed readiness to facilitate the production of this film and said: "Pakistan and Iran governments are evidently very willing to accomplish this significant cultural project."
Iqbal Lahori's film is in pre-production stage, and Bahram Tavakoli, the Iranian director, has been assigned with the task of writing the script and directing of the film.
It is worth mentioning that supporting the production of joint movies between ECO member states is one of the main programs on the agenda of Sarvar Bakhti during this period of the administration of ECO Cultural Institute. To this end, ECI has taken several steps during the last seven months which include holding this meeting to coordinate the production of Iqbal's film, launching of the screenplay of 'Aydeniz' movie as the first joint product of all the ECO member countries and also completing the writing of the screenplay of the movie 'Shi Ni' as the first joint product of the three Persian-speaking countries (Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan).