TEHRAN (IFILM) -- Iranian shorts have won three awards at the 2019 Construir Cine International Labor Film Festival in Argentina.
‘The Respectful Gypsy’ by Mehdi Ghafouri received best short fiction award.
The 22-minute film is about a group of gypsy women packed like animals in the back of a truck, which goes to the city center every day to sell all kinds of goods and products to drivers who stop at traffic lights.
However, behind this itinerant street work, there is a man who runs the business and ends up taking most of the profits.
‘Breathing’ by Frashid Ayyoubinejad grabbed a mention of merit at the short fiction section.
The 13-minute flick tells the story of a group of Iranian men who, without medical care or protection from any regulatory body, earn their living working in a stone factory.
They have to hide each time the insurance agent arrives. Confined in a small room while waiting to return to their posts, those dissatisfied with their working conditions consider the idea of rebelling against the manager and leaving the job.
‘A Step to Go’ by Rebwar Mahmoudpour won a mention of excellence in the short documentary category.
The 23-minute documentary is about Saman, an Iranian boy who has to leave his parents’ house to take a new path and continue his studies outside the country. The definitive decision was a pivotal and painful fact for the family.
The Construir Cine is a one-of-a-kind festival in Argentina. Its primary purpose is finding and promoting films that address universal issues that affect workers around the world.
The 2019 edition of the event took place in the capital city of Argentina on May 2-15.