Ali Moallem dies at 54

Film producer Ali Moallem who was also the founder the Hafez Awards, Iran’s first and only private awards in film industry, died of a heart attack on Monday.

The news came on Monday evening on the website of his Persian cinematic monthly Donya-ye Tasvir (Picture World), which was the organizer of the Hafez Awards.

He began a career in journalism in the early 1980s. He then worked as a reporter for Iranian TV for a short period at that time.

He made “Art Festival”, “From Word to Picture”, “The Cinema of Thought” and several other TV programs.

After his split from TV, he established Donya-ye Tasvir in 1992. Seven years later, he founded the Hafez Awards to honor Iranian films and TV productions.

He was the producer of the acclaimed movies “Hemlock” and “The River’s End”, both directed by Behruz Afkhami.

His credits also include “Marriage, Iranian Style” by Hassan Fathi.