Iran’s first falcon flying club revives ancient tradition

(24 Jun 2011) SHOTLIST
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Parand, Iran – June 18, 2011
1. Close of bird’s head and woman’s hand putting falconry gloves on
2. Tilt up of trainee and Saeed standing up with birds on gloved hand
3. Tilt up from falcon to trainee’s loosening ties on bird’s hood with her teeth
4. Mid of trainee gripping the leash of falcon as it tries to fly off
5. Pan of falcons flying and landing on wooden structure
6. Various of falconer Saeed Rahnavardan preparing birds for falconry
7. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Saeed Rahnavardan, falconer and trainer:
“It is great that at last we have a falconry club, and fans can legally enjoy it with farmed birds, so that the environment would not be harmed. When public awareness of this activity increases, only the professional falconers will take it up and train and subsequently help conserve these species of birds in nature.”
8. Pan from Saeed to flying falcons
9. Pan of falcon pursuing pigeon prey
10. Close of falcon on ground
11. Close of woman’s hand stroking hooded falcon
12. Mid of woman trainee cautiously touching the bird
13. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Ghazaleh Alinejad, falconry trainee:
“Falconry gives you a sense of power. It is a very robust and nimble bird. When you hold this bird, you feel powerful. It is a very nice and interesting feeling. I recommend you try it!”
14. Wide of two falcons attacking and seizing their prey
15. Low angle of trainee with falcon
16. Wide of trainee and falconers in falconry field
17. Wide of falconer standing against sunset
18. Close of falcon opening its wings
19. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Mehdi Ziayee, falcon farmer:
“We are still at the beginning of the way and have to make a lot of effort to live up to international standards in falconry in terms of breeding and raising these birds.”
20. Mid of falconer instructing trainees
21. Wide of Morteza Mohaysenpour, owner of falconry club, throwing a hawk up in the air
22. Pan of falcon flying and perching
23. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Morteza Mohaysenpour, owner of Iran first falconer training club:
“We Iranians have kept this bird for many years. About 500 years ago, this bird was used by hunters in Iran to make a living. They used to hunt with these birds of prey, feed the bird with part of its victim and the rest of the meat would be used by the hunter and his family.”
Tehran, Iran – June 13, 2011
24. Close of logo reading (English) “Persian Falcon – the First Falcon Club in Iran”
Parand, Iran – June 18, 2011
25. Pan to close of head of falcon
26. Pull focus of falcon heads, one wearing hood
27. Tilt up of falcon perching on block
28. Wide of falconer with birds of prey in cage
29. Mid of falconer and bird
30. Wide of falcons on perches
Tehran, Iran – June 13, 2011
31. Wide of Mohaysenpour sitting at desk in his office in Tehran
32. Close of Mohaysenpur’s hand typing on keyboard
33. SOUNDBITE (Farsi) Morteza Mohaysenpour, owner of Iran first falconer training club:
“(establishment of this club) will prevent smuggling of this bird so it will not perish any more. The birds that are bred in the club or in its farm will each be issued a passport. Then the owner and falconer can take them anywhere and legally use them.”
34. Wide of Mohaysenpour in his office
Parand, Iran – June 18, 2011
35. Wide of falconers in a desert near Parand, southwest of Tehran, at sunset
After decades of prohibition, Iran’s first falconry has opened in a desert town near Tehran.

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