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Meels and Felt

Leila Khalilzadeh

Welcome to the daily routine of Akbar Pir Ahmadi, one of the few masters of felt-making in Shiraz, Iran. He begins early in the morning and welcomes many visitors throughout the day: a friend comes for help, two customers buy felt, and his little girl joins him for lunch. In the evening, Akbar goes to the Zurkhaneh (traditional gymnasium) to practice Pahlevani rituals.

2014
20 minutes
Digital, Color

Director

Leila Khalilzadeh (born on March 30, 1977 in Tehran) holds a master’s degree in cinema from Tehran University of Art. She has directed fiction, animation, and documentary films. Leila has written a large number of articles on animation and children and adolescent movies. She is an official member of ASIFA IRAN (Iranian Animated Film Association) and has taught a range of courses in the fields of film and animation.