Mar 3 2009
A Hollywood contingent made up of producers, actors, writers etc went to Iran on a non-political exchange of ideas mission and is told to apologize for the mis-representation of Iran for the last 30 years in the movie industry.
The Iranian government quickly crushed any cinematic illusion of an Obama-era thaw in relations, denouncing the meeting on Sunday and demanding that Hollywood apologize for its “insults and accusations against the Iranian nation.”
TEHRAN: An official delegation of Hollywood actors and filmmakers met with their Iranian counterparts in Tehran over the weekend, the first such visit to a country that banned American movies 30 years ago. The nine members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who arrived in Tehran on Friday as cultural ambassadors were apparently unaware of the official reaction as they sought to improve ties between the nations’ film industries.
The nine members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who arrived in Tehran on Friday as ‘cultural ambassadors’ were apparently unaware of the official reaction as they sought to improve ties between the nations’ film industries. While the official point of the visit was a cultural exchange, the actress Annette Bening said she hoped the presence of the Americans would help kick-start talks between the countries, Agence France-Presse quoted her as saying.
He cited the 1991 movie “Not Without My Daughter,” starring Sally Field, which portrays Iran as an oppressive, patriarchal jail from which the heroine barely makes a harrowing escape with her child, and the 2007 movie “300,” based on a graphic novel about the 480 BC battle of Thermopylae between Sparta and Persia in which the Persians come off as barbarians.
The movies are “two clear examples of total lies,” Shamghadri said. Both movies are despised here by vastly more people than have actually seen them
Read More: International Herald Tribune
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