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Who was Farabi?
Abu-Nasr Mohammad Farabi (872-950) was one of the first Muslim intellectuals who played an important role in conveying the teachings of Plato and Aristotle to the Islam world and helped with the formation of future Muslim philosophers like Avicenna.
He was a distinguished linguist who translated the Greek works of Plato and Aristotle, adding his own knowledge to them. He was known as “The Second Teacher”.
Farabi was the first thinker who separated philosophy from theology. Ever since the Middle Ages, one could barely find a Muslim or Christian philosopher not influenced by his views.
“The Best of Two Choices”, “Chapters of Law”, and “Recognition of Sciences” are considered Farabi’s most important books.
He was not unfamiliar with arts either; he wrote the book “The Great Music” in Arabic, in which he discusses theories on tone, space, and musical structures.
This Islamic intellectual believed that knowledge and general concepts are acquired by humans through their senses. The senses are the person’s means of acquiring human knowledge. Also, the senses control the realm of realities, and the reason is the realm of truths.

Farabi Cinema Foundation
Farabi Cinema Foundation was established upon the Islamic Revolution and in May 1983. With the order of the then Cultural Deputy of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation, FakhreddinAnvar, a group comprised of Mohammad Beheshti, MohammadmahdiDadgoo, Mohammad Aghajani, and Mehdi Massoodshahi were put in charge of restructuring and regulating Iran’s cinema. The Farabi Club had been established originally in 1977 with the goal of expanding the culture of cinema through its many film screening clubs and had a proper statute. So in order to solve the problems of cinema, the club changed its name to Farabi Cinema Foundation and started its new mission. Mohammad Beheshti was appointed the President, Mohammad Dadgoo was appointed the Production and Executive Manager, and Mohammad Aghajani was appointed the Deputy President of Farabi Cinema Foundation. Their offices were in the GhavamSaltaneh historic building. The building is registered in Iran’s national list of cultural heritage, and it is considered the symbol and cultural brand of Farabi Cinema Foundation.
The statute of Farabi Cinema Foundation defines it as a non-governmental organization under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture that acts as an executive arm to exert cultural and artistic policies in Iranian cinema.

The Farabi Cinema Foundation started its work with a cultural mission to smooth the transition of Iranian cinema from the FilmFarsi period to the revolutionary cinema. As an executive arm of the cinematic department of the Ministry of Culture, the Foundation was put in charge of implementing cultural policies through its support for cinematic productions suitable for the post-revolution Iran.
Considering the overhaul in cinematic structures upon the Islamic revolution, Farabi Cinema Foundation had the mission of revolutionizing the cinema industry, including its services, equipment, raw material and technical aspects, and also nurturing a new generation of filmmakers while re-orienting the previous generations towards the new type of cinema. Policies were made remade according to the needs of Iran’s new wave of cinema.

-Improving the taste and preference of the general public towards cultural affairs and encouraging the viewers towards an ideal type of cinema.
-Encouraging filmmakers to make films that would engage the viewers on an intellectual level.
-Breaking imposed limitations and stereotypes regarding the choice of subjects and bringing an end to shallow and stereotypical subjects that at times were mere imitations of the pre-revolution cinema.
-Providing financial support in the forms of loans or co-production for the production of films conforming to cultural policies and approaches passed in Farabi Cinema Foundation and the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation.
-Supporting the production of films with subjects such as resistance, revolution, Sacred Defence, children and young adults, society, and spirituality.
-Supporting the application of new technologies and cinematic techniques in films by providing proper infrastructures such as well-equipped film studios.
-Supporting the presence of Iranian films in international events and supporting the production of films with universal contents.

Older Missions:
-Helping Iran’s cinema industry especially in the field of production of feature films conforming to the cultural goals of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
-Improving the qualitative and technical level of Iran’s cinema.
-Provision of cinematic equipment such as lights and motion equipment.
-Supporting the development phase and scriptwriting for feature films.
-Production of feature films.
-Production of first films.
-Granting loans to filmmakers and co-producing feature films.
-Organising film festivals such as the Fajr Film Festival and the Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults.
-Presence in international film festivals and promotion and distribution of Iranian films abroad.
-Publication of feature film screenplays.
-Publication of books and magazines complying with the governmental regulations and cultural policies passed in the High Council of Cultural Revolution and conforming to the cultural programmes of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation.

Latest Missions (Since 2017)
-Expanding the movement of content production in Iranian cinema by using the national potentials in support of services and local content productions in online platforms.
-Enforcing and facilitating new businesses and supporting the experts in this field and creative ideas in order to facilitate the creation of activities related to cinema in online platforms.
-Transparency in the cinema industry and the standards of cinematic businesses in order to encourage real and legal persons to invest in film productions, cinematic infrastructures and distribution of Iranian films in the country and worldwide.
-Acquiring a bigger share from international markets with the goal of expanding the influence of Iranian cinematic works in the region and universally.
-Support for the fields of education and applied and inter-disciplinary research in cinema and its online markets; increasing the specialized contents in the field of cinema and providing digital forms of education in order to nurture expert human resources in the fields of arts and cinema.
-Using new technologies and media tools to improve the level of promotions regarding cinematic activities.
-Supporting the contents of feature film scripts and offering consultations of different councils in the fields of resistance cinema, children’s and young adults’ cinema, spiritual cinema, and social cinema.
-Supporting the use of the latest computer technologies in the production of quality films that could compete with the highest international standards.
-Founding the Hashtgerd Cinema Town in order to provide the filmmakers with well-equipped studios.

All the Presidents of Farabi Cinema Foundation:
- Mohammad Beheshti (one of the founders) (1984 - 94)
- Mohammadhossein Haghighi (1994 - 95)
- Mohammad Rajabi Gharib (1995 - 97)
- Mohammadhassan Pezeshk (1997 - 99)
- Abdulhamid Mohebbi (1999 - 2001)
- Mohammadmehdi Asgarpoor (2001 - 02)
- Alireza Rezadad (2002 - 07)
- Majid Shahosseini (2007 - 09)
- Ahmad Miralaei (2009 - 13)
- Mohammadreza JafariJelveh (2013 - 14)
- RamezanaliHeidariKhalili (Acting President for 3 months) 2014
- AlirezaTabesh (2014 - Present)

Organisation Structure:
Board of Trustees
Board of Directors (President, Deputy President, Treasurer)
Cultural and Research Deputy
International Affairs Deputy
Head of Public Affairs
Office Manager
Financial Manager
Legal Manager
Programming and Systems’ Development Manager
Cinema Education Manager
Film Archive Services Manager
Systems and Methods Manager
Marketing and Distribution Manager
Logistics Manager

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:22
FCF News | Tuesday, 28 August 2018 20:22