Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema

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This festival, originally named Golden Minbar (minbar is the pulpit in a mosque, from where the imam reads the Friday prayer), premiered in 2005. KIFMC screens Russian and international films that, according to the festival's concept paper, "promote peace, compassion and justice, irrespective of their director's persuasion." KIFMC customarily shows many films from Central Asia, and some films about Muslims in Europe. The premiere festival received 40 entries from 12 countries.