Arts & Entertainment


The 4th Persian Film Festival comes to Sydney, screening a curated selection of 22 films which includes eight feature films, documentaries, short films and animations. The selected films are from Iran, Afghanistan, Australia, USA and a co-production from Georgia, France and the UK.

Amin Palangi, Director of the festival, is proud of the programme and says when Australian audiences watch these films they will be surprised by the conflicting images they have of these societies.

“These films represent a diversity of cultures and different classes of people, and they are an eye-opener for audiences not familiar with these countries,” explained Palangi.

Crazy Castle is a suspenseful, dark tale centering on a group of young people and the ramifications of a prank gone wrong. With numerous twists and turns, this film also showcases the complexities of Iranian society.

The Ride boasts a world premiere screening and revolves around the paths several people take for a better and happier life.

“We are thrilled to bring Australian audiences the best of contemporary Iranian and Persian cinema” said Palangi. “We are very proud to open the festival with the Australian premiere of Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s latest film, The President, and also to host Q&A sessions by some of the most talented filmmakers from Iran, USA and Australia.” (MMo)

Sept 3–6. Palace Norton St, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt. Screenings $19.50. Tickets & Info:


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