Iran's Crises Unfolded  
Friday 1 July 2022


* Missed messages on Iran  Robert Kagan

* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

* Iran unlikely to halt nuclear program, secret letters show  News Report

* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

* اطلاعیۀ آیت الله منتطری دربارۀ حرام بودن مقاومت در برابر رأی مردم  Ali Behrooz

* لیست اسامی با حروف فارسی، تا تاریخ 08/09/08  Ali Behrooz

* War of words, or words of war  Ali Behrooz

* Could Israel use submarines against Iran?  News Report

* Iran deplores UAE claim on 3 islands  News Report

* 'Iran will respond to any attack'  News Report

* Carter to meet Hamas leadership in Cairo  News Report

* No Peace Without Hamas  News Report

* Ahmadinejad again voices Sept. 11 doubts  News Report

* Clinton, Obama tackle Iran issue in debate  News Report

* Bomb kills at least 9 in Iran mosque  News Report

* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

* Ahmadinejad to dismiss 2 cabinet ministers in Iran  News Report

* Iran: Naval encounter routine check  News Report

* Tony Blair's Palestine  News Report

* Clinton attacks Obama and McCain over Iraq  News Report

* Reza Pahlavi: Leadership for Democracy in Iran  News Report

* Petraeus: Return to 'pre-surge' troop levels, then wait  News Report

* Blast rocks US complex in Sanaa  News Report

* Clashes in Nile Delta after strike aborted  News Report

* When a great power goes mad  News Report

* Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs  News Report

* Putin says Iran is no threat  News Report

* Creating a US-Iran Bridge  News Report

* Court removes PKK from terror funds list  News Report

* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

* Limiting Tehran’s Influence?  Ali Behrooz

* UAE detains ship as grip on Tehran tightens  News Report

* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

* Israelis and Palestinians pledge to reach peace pact by end of 2008  News Report

* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

* FM spokesman: Iran's plan on Iraq not put for voting  News Report

* Iran's top dissident cleric calls for U.S. talks  News Report

* Islamic militants take fight against Musharraf to 'Pakistan's Switzerland'  News Report

* 'Desperate' Musharraf declares martial law  News Report

* US Sanctions on Iran Leave Europeans in a Quandary  Sir Cyril Townsend

* After Thamilselvan  News Report

* Analysis: Is Abbas playing his cards right ahead of ME summit?  News Report

* Bahrain accuses Iran of nuclear weapons lie  News Report

* Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed  News Report

* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

* Iran's leaders need enemies like Bush, and at every turn he obliges them  News Report

* Giuliani hits Democrats on Iran  News Report

* Iran: We have no information on Arad  News Report

* Clinton hails US move on Iran  News Report

* Israel to prepare for potential missile attack  News Report

* US First Lady in Kuwait  News Report

* Rice: Mideast solution in jeopardy  News Report

* Kurdish fighters defy the world from mountain fortress as bombing begins  News Report

* Protesters confront Condoleezza Rice as she testifies on Middle East  News Report

* Showdown With Iran  News Report

* U.S. outlines Baghdad security handover plan  News Report

* Poll shows global opposition to Iran - and U.S.  News Report

* Iraq promises Turkey it will curb Kurdish rebels  News Report

* Big shoes to fill  News Report

* LUKOIL says halts Iran oil project on US sanctions  News Report

* Three soldiers killed in Darfur camp attack - UN  News Report

* There's a better - and cheaper - way that Washington can help Lebanon  News Report

* Lebanese patience for Nahr al-Bared displaced wears thin  News Report

* Iran, Syria urge diplomatic means instead of military incursion into Iraq  News Report

* Talabani refuses to deliver PKK leaders to Turkey amid protests against incursion  News Report

* Turkey vows to defeat PKK rebels  News Report

* Iran N-case on Olmert's Paris agenda  News Report

* Motaki (FM): US in No Position to Attack Iran  News Report

* We will fight to the death, Kurdish rebel leader vows from his hideout  News Report

* Deaths And Hostages In Border Clash  News Report

* Flash News: Kurdish separatistand 12 Turkish soldiers killed  News Report

* IRGC Commander:Aggressions to Be Reciprocated with a Rain of Rockets  News Report

* 2 leaders back Blair as European Union president  News Report

* Babacan stresses dialogue as key to solving Lebanese crisis  News Report

* Jordan hopes for positive outcome of Annapolis meeting  News Report

* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

* Larijani Resigns  Ali Behrooz

* NATO says shipment of roadside bombs was 'from Iran'  News Report

* Israel impeding effort to clear cluster bombs  News Report

* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

* Democrats' stance on Iran criticized  News Report

* Top Palestinian negotiator may resign  News Report

* UN condemns killing of its truck drivers in Darfur  News Report

* Kurds sign oil deals beyond regional borders – former minister  News Report

* Jerusalem is ours, warns Likud  News Report

* Rice back in Israel after Egypt talks  News Report

* Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane workers in southern Iran go on strike  News Report

* Ahmadinejad: Caspian states to form economic cooperation organization  News Report

* Putin lands in Iran for nuke talks  News Report

* Mideast Conference and the Illusive Peace  News Report

* Coalition of the Reluctant  News Report

* World bank neglects African farming, study says  News Report

* Putin dismisses threat of assassination in Iran  News Report

* Israel signals readiness to cede parts of Jerusalem to Palestinians  News Report

* Christiane Amanpour: 'People think I relax with a Kalashnikov - I don't'  News Report

* After honeymoon, Sarkozy method poses three risks  News Report

Iranians defy censor with bootleg DVDs
[ News Report]  [2008-04-05 09:12:35]
[Source: FT - 05/04/08]

By Anna Fifield

The must-see film in Iran this spring is Santouri, a gritty tale of a musician who struggles to get permission to perform in public. Ironically, the film does not have permission to play in public either. In Iran, all cultural performances are strictly regulated and anything deemed morally dubious is outlawed.

So instead of going to the cinema, Iranians are snapping up copies of the film from bootleg DVD sellers around the country.

By Dariush Mehrjui, one of Iran’s most renowned directors, Santouri won the people’s choice award at Tehran’s Fajr film festival last year. But then the authorities banned it.

“For me, the last year has been the worst of my career,” says Mr Merhjui, who pioneered Iran’s New Wave cinema movement with the 1969 film The Cow.

“There is this very rigorous censorship that is more or less destroying our culture,” he told the FT at his home in northern Tehran. He says he was not told why Santouri was blacklisted.

The film tells the story of Ali, whose increasing despair leads him to heroin addiction and separation from his wife. The implication is that Iran’s cultural repression and its significant drug problem are not unrelated.

Javad Shamghadri, arts adviser to the president, has publicly criticised the movie, suggesting it is part of a wider problem in Iran’s film industry.

“Even changing the train cannot solve the Iranian movie industry problem; we should change the railways,” he told reporters earlier this year.

Censorship is a decades-old problem for the Iranian film industry, considered one of the country’s greatest cultural assets.

But it has worsened markedly under President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad’s government, which has been trying to defend Iranian society against “cultural threats” from “arrogant global powers”, especially the US.

“Things have become very bad in the last two years, not only in the realm of cinema but in theatre and music and publishing too,” says Mr Mehrjui.

Orchestral and theatre performances are increasingly scarce, and just last month, the government banned nine magazines because they contained too many photos of “corrupt” Hollywood stars and details about their “decadent” private lives.

Tighter restrictions, combined with the prevalence of bootleg DVDs of local and foreign films and satellite television, means Iran’s film-watching population is increasingly likely to stay at home.

This has contributed to a funding crisis in the industry, with some directors reportedly selling their flats to fund their films.

“As a film-maker I have a lot of difficulties to get the facilities I need to make my films,” says Mona Zandi-Haghighi, one of Iran’s new generation of directors. “There is no basic support for film-makers here. That is the difference between making films in Iran and in America.”

Iran still, however, has one of the strongest film industries in the Middle East. Its films continue to become arthouse hits in the west and to collect international awards, even though they are routinely banned at home. Directors such as Mr Mehrjui, and his New Wave contemporaries Abbas Kiarostami and Jafar Panahi, have won major prizes in Cannes, Venice and Berlin.

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