Finally finished watching Rageh Inside Iran (BBC documentary)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Iranian film director Mona Zandi (مونا زندی).

Finally finished watching this documentary by Rageh Omaar:



It's from 2007 and so watching it shows you how much Iran (and the rest of the world) has changed already since then. Ahmadinejad is fighting for reelection right now and there's no more George Bush to kick around, which apparently is hampering effigy sales:
Attendees typically lampoon U.S. presidents with grotesque puppets and caricatures. But there were few if any such displays deriding Obama. Though Ahmadinejad heaped venom on the presidency and policies of George W. Bush, he refrained from saying anything negative about Obama.

Those at the rally said they welcomed friendlier ties with the U.S., as long as the relationship did not resemble what many described as Iran's subservience to Washington under Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi, who was deposed in the 1979 revolution, in which Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared Iran an Islamic republic.

I also found a blog here in Persian that reviews the documentary.

Apparently Omar left the BBC for Al-Jazeera in 2006, so the documentary must have been filmed then.

2 comments:

Mina said...

I`m really eager to know about your opinion about Iran.

Mithridates said...

About what part exactly? I'm learning Persian right now and intend to write more and more on the language and Iran/Afghanistan/Tajikistan as I get better. I'm hoping to get good enough soon that I'll be able to provide some extra insight into the upcoming election that can't be found in English or other languages alone.

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