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In November 2014, I was lucky to meet the great Giuseppe Tornatore, director of the Cinema Paradiso and a supporter of Cinema Without Borders Foundation mission, for the second time in Los Angeles and interview him. The occasion was celebration of the 25th anniversary of Cinema Paradiso release at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. Mr. Tornatore was a kind and humble man, answering all the questions even he seemed to be very tired from his long travel from Italy to Los Angeles. He knew our International Editor, James Ulmer, himself a public figure, and he was aware of…

As far as I Can Walk, from Serbia, Luxembourg, directed by Stefan Arsenijević, won MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award at the award ceremony of 17th Edition of the SEEfest, South East European Film Festival LA  Also SUGHRA’S SONS from Azerbaijan and France, directed by Ilgar Najaf received CWB’s jury Honorary Mention MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award is offered by Cinema Without Borders Foundation and sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy.  The award ceremony was held in LA’s Fine Arts Theater and Bijan Tehrani, Vladek Juszkiewicz and Susan Morgan Cooper, MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award jury members announced the winning film: “We had…

Cinema Without Borders is proud to present MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award for the 14  year at the prestigious SEEfest, South East European Film Festival LA. MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by MOZAIK Philanthropy goes to a feature film that helps bringing people of our world closer together. Winner will be announced on May 4th during the closing ceremony of the 17th Edition of the festival at the Fine Arts theater. SEEfest will run from April 27th to may 4th. Jury members for MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award are: Susan Morgan Cooper Susan Morgan Cooper…

The Seventh Edition of ELAC International Animation Day was held on March 26th by focusing on Iranian Animation. Organizers of the event were East Los Angeles College, Cinema and Without Borders Foundation, and  Aduren Studio . In the first part of the program, nine short animated films were screened: Hajar’S Wedding by Mahin Javaherian 8 Min 2008 The Tree by Sare Shafipour 5 Min 2014 When I was a Child by Maryam Kashkoolinia 8 Min 2014 The Switchman by Mehdi Khoramian 10 Min 2016 The Fox by: Sadegh Javadi 10 Min 2017 Am I a Wolf? by Amir Houshang Moein 8…

At 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival, festival programmers had nominated seven films for the MOZAIK Bridging the Borders Award offered by Cinema Without Borders and sponsored by MOZAIL Philanthropy. CWB’s jury selected Asghar Farhadi’s A Hero as the winner of the MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award for the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Cinema Without Borders Foundation presented the award to Mr. Farhadi in a private ceremony held at the Woodland Hills Hilton, while keeping Covid protocols in mind. Three of the CWB jury members– Bijan Tehrani, Susan Morgan Cooper and Bambadjan Bamba–welcomed Mr. Farhadi. At the…

East Los Angeles College, Cinema and Without Borders Foundation, and  Aduren Studio are proud to present the Iranian Animation Day, the seventh edition of the annual East Los Angeles College International Animation Festival. https://vimeo.com/685740508 Attending ELAC International Animation Day – Iranian Animation All attendees must wear a mask all through the event. This event is open to the public and free to attend. But due to limited number of seats available, ALL VISITORS MUST COMPLETE THIS ELAC FORM ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. (Click or touch here) Please reserve your seat and RSVP at rsvpanim@gmail.com Iranian Animation Day will…

A Hero, Iran’s Oscar entry and Academy Awards shortlisted film by Asghar Farhadi is about Rahim who is in prison because of a debt he was unable to repay. During a two-day leave,  he tries to convince his creditor to withdraw his complaint against the payment of part of the sum. But things don’t go as planned… The following is my interview with Mr. Farhadi about making of A Hero https://vimeo.com/673371558 Asghar Farhadi is among real authors of the world of cinema. You can watch his films without the credits and still know that is his work. Farhadi is faithful to…

Burbank, CA – January 19th 2022. Today Palm Springs International Film Festival announced its 2022 winners and A Hero by Asghar Farhadi won MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award. The Honorary Mentions went to Fear (Bulgaria/France), directed by Ivaylo Hristov and Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America (USA), directed by Emily Kunstler The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Without Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by MOZAIK. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. In the following video, Keely Badger is Executive Director of MOZAIK and a jury member…

Burbank, CA – December 20th, 2021: Today, Cinema Without Borders announced jury members  for MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award for  the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Bridging The Borders Award at the 2022 Palm Springs International Film Festival will be given to the most successful film in bringing the people of our world closer together. MOZAIK Bridging The Borders Award  is presented by Cinema Without Borders and award sponsored and prize provided by MOZAIK. The winner of Bridging the Borders Award will receive a cash prize of $2500. Cinema Without Borders’ jury members to decide the 2022 winner…

ISAAC, Lithuania’s Oscar Entry, is written and directed by Jurgis Matulevičius. The film starts in 1941 when the main character kills a Jew, Isaac, at the Lietukis garage massacre in Lithuania.  Years later he is haunted by the images of the past and an increasing burden of guilt. The film discusses themes of friendship, love, regret and self-liberation in the difficult historical context of the Holocaust and post war Soviet era in Lithuania Here is our video interview with Jurgis Matulevičius, writer and director of ISAAC: https://vimeo.com/655457851 Jurgis Matulevičius graduated from the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy with a degree…

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