A doc depicting volunteer doctors in a deprived area of Iran has been produced
Tehran – A documentary depicting the activities of a group of renowned doctors from Tehran, who volunteered to treat people living in Bashagard, an underprivileged area in Iran’s southeastern province of Hormozgan, has recently been completed.
Entitled “26 ° East”, the documentary was directed by Amir-Mehdi Nejadnik.
“This documentary is initially about a visit that a group of doctors and dentists paid to the region last summer,” Nejadnik said in a press release on Monday.
“The film consists of two chapters, the first of which familiarizes viewers with the simple lifestyle of the locals, the shortages and the problems faced by the locals.
“And in the second chapter, the film describes how doctors abandoned their offices in the affluent neighborhoods of Tehran, adapting to the harsh living conditions of the region to provide services to the poor.
He expressed hope that the film will help attract the attention of donors and officials to help improve the standard of living of the people.
He noted that traveling to the area was not the medics’ only mission and added that the group visited the area frequently during the year.
The title of the documentary refers to the geographical location of Bashagard on the map.
“26 ° East” was broadcast on Mostanad Channel, an IRIB network dedicated to the screening of documentary films.
In recent years, Iranian doctors and medical workers have been committed to volunteering for people in disadvantaged areas of the country and their activities have been highlighted by the filmmakers.
“There, Dawn” is another example co-directed by Mohsen Jahani and Hashem Masudi in 2020.
The film is about a nurse at a burn hospital who volunteers to work in an intensive care unit for people with COVID-19 after the virus outbreak.
It won the Special Jury Prize at the 14th edition of Cinéma Vérité, Iran’s leading international documentary film festival.
Photo: A poster for Amir-Mehdi Nejadnik’s documentary “26 ° East”.
MMS / YAW