Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Iranian Film Director in Israel

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

World famous Iranian film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf is in Jerusalem. He is promoting his newest film
 "The Gardener" at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Makhmalbaf has been exiled from Iran. For years he was on the run. Assassins pursued him, but now he lives relatively safely in London.

The movie takes place in the Bahai gardens. It is a docu-drama. The focus if the movie is the dialogue between the gardener and his son.

Makhmalbaf said that when he leaves Israel there will be more threats against him. He will surely be called either a Mossad or a CIA agent. And making a movie in Israel about the Bahai is a slap against the Iranian establishment.

The Iranian director-in-exile offered some words of advice to Israel and its political leadership. He said: "I love you, but please do not attack Iran. It is not the solution. It would only aggravate the situation."

He urged a resolution -- but not a resolution by way of attacks.


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