Children’s book writer Mostafa Rahmandust and veteran storyteller Ehteram Borumand will be honored with lifetime achievement awards at the 21st International Storytelling Festival in Tehran.
They will receive their awards during separate ceremonies on Monday and Wednesday, the organizers announced on Saturday.
Borumand, 71, who is also an actor, is the widow of actor Davud Rashidi. She began her career in storytelling on a children’s TV program in 1967 and worked as a storyteller and host of the TV program for 11 years. She left her job after the victory of the 1979 Islamic Revolution and recorded her stories in several albums.
She has also collaborated with director Rasul Sadr-Ameli in his 2005 drama “I Saw Your Daddy Last Night, Aida”. Borumand made a cameo appearance in Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama “The Salesman”.
Rahmandust, the author of “Zal and the Phoenix” who is also famous for his poem on the pomegranate, “100 Pieces of Ruby”, was born in Hamedan in 1950.
His credits include over 150 stories and poem collections such as “The Sky Also Smiled”, “I Like Children” and “The Story of Five Fingers”.
Fifteen storytellers, including Oliver Villanove from France, Flor Carnales Bastidas from Spain and Seyda Cevik from Turkey, will be performing at the festival, which will be running in Tehran from December 17 to 20.
The event is annually organized by the Institute for Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults.
Photo: This combination photo shows storyteller Ehteram Borumand (L) and children’s book writer Mostafa Rahmandust.