Iranian documentary “The Unseen” directed by Behzad Nalbandi will be screened at the 39th International Istanbul Film Festival.
According to the ECO Cultural Institute quoting ISNA, The 39th International Istanbul Film Festival has decided to hold its different sections online due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Currently the Human Rights in Cinema Competition section is underway and the Iranian documentary "The Unseen" along with 20 other films from different countries are attending the event.
Human Rights in Cinema Competition section runs online from December 4 to 24 and the Iranian documentary will be screened on December 17.
"The Unseen" is about a time when Tehran hosts foreign dignitaries, the local authorities clean up Tehran's urban image through an ‘urban beautification' process which includes the rounding up of unsavory characters from the city streets; i.e. drug addicts and prostitutes. The men are released after a few days but the women are kept as wards of the state in perpetuity.
The animation began its international screening at the IDFA Festival. It was nominated for the best-animated film of the Asia-Pacific Festival and has also appeared online at the Munich and Krakow festivals amid coronavirus outbreak.