The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said that our documentary cinema, with its various capabilities, is considered one of the country's main artistic capabilities.
Seyyed Abbas Salehi, on visiting the 12th Iranian International Film Festival, Cinema Verite, said: "If we consider Iran's cinema as a very significant capacity of the Islamic Revolution in its forty years of growth, documentary cinema is an important part of this great capacity."
He continued: "About a thousand Iranian documentaries are produced annually, which indicate the production capacity of our cinema. Pioneers and young filmmakers have created significant space in documentary cinema, and we are proud of this cinema as part of our cultural and artistic identity."
Salehi explained, "Our documentary cinema is well-known around the world, and the world of cinema has well understood the abilities, charm and technique of our documentary cinema."
The Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance stated that documentary cinema, on one hand, is a bridge between Iran's culture and the world and, on the other, a bridge to the real atmosphere of Iranian society. He added: "Our documentary cinema can be a backup for the development of the country. This kind of cinema, with illustrating the social atmosphere, is considered a narrator and a historian."
He stressed: "One of the serious discussions that we had in the government meetings was that documentary cinema could be used to better introduce the projects in various fields such as mining, healthcare, and other areas of social development."
Salehi said: "I feel as we've grown in documentary filmmaking, we have also made progress in consuming them. There was a time that the audience of documentary cinema were a very specific minority, but over the time, the documentary cinema, with more diverse topics, genres, and techniques, found more audience."
In the end, he said: "By digitizing cinema theaters in cultural and art centers, venues that didn't have cinematic use but could have, we were able to provide new spaces for watching films and documentaries."