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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

ASIFA to Produce 'Burnt City Goat' Documentary

 

11 January 2006

 

 

animation.jpg (17358 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Association of Iranian Animation Films (ASIFA) has decided to produce a documentary film on the goat (in fact an ibex) depicted in the historical site of Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhtah) which was carved on a 5,000-year-old cup.


Celebrated Iranian animated filmmaker Noureddein Zarrinkelk told the Persian daily Aftab that he would produce a documentary on the 5,000-year-old cup depicting the movements of a goat toward a tree which is believed to be the world’s first animation.


Zarrinkelk said that he would present the documentary to the Association of International Animation Films to prove that Iranian artists were the originators of modern animation some 5,000 years ago.


He said that the goat will be chosen for the national ASIFA symbol and it would be up to the members of the Association of International Animation Films whether they opt to use it as the international emblem of ASIFA.


He said that he believes that Board of International ASIFA would not turn down the proposal given the long history of the cup.


The daily further said that Italian archeologists involved in excavations in the Burnt City unearthed the cup from a grave in 1983.


A ibex was carved on the 5,000-year-old cup five times showing its movement toward a tree.


Zarrinkelk said that ancient Iranian artist who carved the goat on the cup approaching the tree to eat its leaves were in fact the forerunners of animation film.

 

 

 

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