Seattle Film Festival Director Elizabeth Shepherd Congratulates Children’s Week in Iran

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TEHRAN – Elizabeth Shepherd, director of the Seattle Children’s Film Festival in the United States of America, congratulated National Children’s Week in Iran.

The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (IIDCYA, also known as Kanoon) and several other Iranian children’s cultural centers celebrate the week every year in October. This year’s festival is held October 8-14.

In a message to Kanoon, Shepherd said, “I’m in Seattle right now, wishing everyone a great festival and wanting to extend my sincere congratulations to Kanoon’s film department.

“I want to say hello to all the kids who are here today. I hope that the films you see will bring you so much happiness and so many beautiful colors of life.

“I have had supreme pleasure for many years working with Kanoon’s film department… And I know that the works that have been created in Iran are so beautiful.

Shepherd also expressed his thanks to the institute for sending films to the Seattle festival so many times and said, “You have illuminated the lives of so many children here with so many beautiful films from Iran.

“I send you my warmest greetings and wish you the most beautiful festival in the world,” she said.

In a symbolic act, the Kanoon also issued a letter from Iranian children to their peers around the world to celebrate National Children’s Week.

“We Iranian children greet all children around the world,” the letter said.

“It is we who are the sweetness of life as the grown-ups say; those who wish that we are always happy and that nothing taints our dreams. However, our world goes downhill when adults don’t pay attention to us. Then our smiles fade.

“We all love and do not want fights or wars between peoples and countries of the world. We love “Peace”. We love kindness and happiness. We love to give and receive gifts. We like to smile at each other. We love peace and friendship. We want everyone to look the same with smiling faces.

“Why do we have to be sacrificed because adults are at war? We hate words like anger, enmity, crying, war and fight. We don’t even want to write these words in our notebooks. Whenever we see hungry children in the world, we hate to eat our food. We want all children to be happy everywhere. We want them to have clothes, food and fun. We want all children to go to school and get an education. We want adults to listen to our words.

“We are ready for adults to draw pictures on the theme of reconciliation and friendship. We are children and we would like to tell adults if you want us to believe that you love us, be kind and on good terms with each other. If you like us, throw down all your guns and listen to us.

“We really want the world to be a place where we can happily sing along. We don’t want adults doing things that bring tears to our eyes and breaks our hearts. Adults should keep in mind that if they are to build a happy world for children, they have to be kind to each other, like us.

“We love those who love children and spend time with them. We pray that all adults have the Good Lord as a friend so that they help us, with the hope of happy days in our life and a happy childhood.

Photo: Seattle Children’s Film Festival director Elizabeth Shepherd in an undated photo.

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