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Hey film fans! is your Iranian online Blockbuster

By Azadeh Namakydoust
August 1, 2003
The Iranian

A couple of months ago I was paying my daily visit to my favorite web site and I noticed a link to a web site called FarsiFilms. Being a huge fan of Iranian cinema I clicked on the link and started to look through the site. After about 15 minutes I was convinced that this was one of the best sites I had visited to date.

You can think of FarsiFilms as an on line Blockbuster, except that most of the movies that are offered for rent by FarsiFilms cannot be found on any Blockbuster or Hollywood Videos store.

During the site's trial run, registered members who had access to broadband Internet connections could download two movies and watch them on their computers. After a few months of collecting feedback from viewers and building a sizable inventory FarsiFilms was up and ready to offer a large number of rental DVDs by mail to consumers in the U.S. and Canada.

According to the website, FarsiFilms's mission is "to provide a subscriber based Video on Demand service that distributes digital programs worldwide that are affordable, reliable, convenient, secure and accessible to communities who are interested in and want to experience Persian culture."

At this time FarsiFilms offers movies in many different categories including Action & Adventure, Children & Family, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Musical, Romance, and Sports. In addition, the site offers many new and old TV series as well as Iranian films that are made outside of Iran.

Because FarsiFilms is an Internet based company, many mainstream Americans and Canadians can have access to many movies not found at Blockbuster or other movie rental stores. This will give others the opportunity to experience and become familiar with our culture through art and entertainment. When the download option becomes available, this opportunity will be available to anyone in the world who has access to the Internet.

I have been a member of FarsiFilms for some time now and am constantly amazed by the level of service that the staff provides. I have had no problems or concerns regarding payments and have been surprised by the fast and reliable shipping and the excellent qualities of the movies I have rented.

FarsiFilms provides a unique and much needed service to all Iranians and non-Iranians who are interested in the Iranian Cinema. Not all Iranians live in the big cities on the East or West Coast and not all of us have the opportunity to go to Iranian film festivals in New York City or LA. This is by far the cheapest, fastest, and most convenient way to experience the joy of watching the excellent movies that are coming out of Iran.

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