Iranian Taboo Documentary Now Available
Iranian Taboo, a feature-length documentary shown in some larger cities in the United States, is now available to everyone. For $19.99 (plus shipping and handling) you can now order the film from the Baha’i Distribution Service in the United States. The 78-minute film is in Persian with English subtitles.
The film, according to press releases, tells the harrowing story of a Baha’i woman, Nadereh, and her 14-year-old daughter who decide to sell all their belongings and leave their home in Isfahan to take refuge in the West. It takes us across continents from Turkey to Israel and from the United States to Iran. It gives us unique insights into the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran–from the underground Baha’i university (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education) to Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Shirin Ebadi, from the suppressed Baha’i peasants of the Eivel village in the northern province of Mazindaran (where oppressed landowners are given a voice) to Abolhassan Banisadr, first president of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The film includes never-before-seen interviews with some of the most respected Iranian scholars, authors, and politicians, speaking out about the persecution of the Iranian Baha’is. It shows clearly the efforts that the Iranian Baha’i community has made to education it own young members who are barred from higher education.
Iranian Taboo is the work of the celebrated Dutch-Iranian filmmaker Reza Allamehzadeh. “In spite of the fact that I’m banned from entering my homeland, I managed to film deep inside Iran with the help of devoted friends who risked their lives to film the footage that I needed,” says Mr. Allamehzadeh.