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Lebanese child jury member happy with Iran visit

Tehran,Since setting foot on the Iranian soil to participate in the latest edition of Iran's International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Mareiya Safieddine, a junior movie critic from Lebanon, has stolen the press limelight due to her unprecedentedly young age for a jury member.

Chaperoned with her aunt to attend the event held in Isfahan, Mareiya has been interviewed by many journalists.

The excerpts from the interview follow:

Maryam Azish: Tell me a little about yourself.

Mareiya Safieddine: My name is Mareiya. I'm six and a half years old. I'm very interested in children's cinema, and I'm so happy to be attending this festival.

What are your hobbies?

I really like sports, painting, reading, and watching movies shown on TV channels.

How did you end up here?

I came to Iran because I have been chosen as a member of the jury, in charge of evaluating films in the international section. Festival officials initially sought a girl aged between nine to twelve years old. However, when a home video captured by my mom featuring myself while delivering a critique on Detol's TV commercial was handed in to festival officials, I was chosen as a jury member.

What do you think of Isfahan?

I like Isfahan very much. On a ride around the city, the cab driver pointed to Isfahan's incomparable beauty in the spring. It was my wish to visit this city in that season as well.

How were you welcomed into the city?

The people in charge of the festival really did their best to receive me as a guest, and I greatly enjoy the opportunity to get to know other children from all around the globe.

In your opinion, what are the main requirements to offer accurate evaluations?

I would like to be in a calm and quiet atmosphere so that I can focus while watching the movies - to relish the chance of sharing my perspectives with others, and as a result, to achieve the right decisions.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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