This Saturday night at 7:00PM in the Marvin Center Amphitheater, there is a pre-screening for Maziar Bahari’s new film To Light a Candle.
Background on the Film:
A powerful new documentary film telling the story of the Baha’is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution. Using interviews, personal stories, and archival footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk – the film, entitled To Light a Candle, highlights the constructive resilience of Iran’s Baha’i community. When faced with systematic exclusion by the Iranian regime of Baha’i youth from higher education, this community utilized Baha’i academics, dismissed from their teaching positions on the basis of their religion, to put in place an informal arrangement known as the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE). BIHE allows Baha’i youth to have access to university-level courses.
The film vividly documents that the threat of arrest and imprisonment is a daily reality for Iran’s Baha’is, as academics barred from pursuing their professions attempt to educate young people in private homes.
Trailer of the Film may be found at:
About the Filmmaker:
The film was made by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. He was Newsweek’s Iran reporter from 1998 to 2011 and has produced a number of other documentary films about Iran.
In September 2014, the movie Rosewater, written and directed by Jon Stewart, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival. Rosewater is based on Maziar Bahari and his experiences.
Following the film will be a panel discussion where the audience can ask questions. Azar Nafisi, the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran will be the moderator for the panel. Included on the panel is Maziar Bahari, the film producer and the subject of Jon Stewart’s new film, Rosewater. Also on the panel will be Roya Boroumand, executive director of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation, and Parva Fattahi, BIHE (Baha’i Institute for Higher Education) graduate and Immigration Attorney.
In conjunction with To Light a Candle, a new campaign, entitled “Education Is Not a Crime,” is being prepared for a global launch culminating in an international “Education is Not a Crime Day” on February 22, 2015. The campaign will feature voices of support from citizens around the world, and will tell a comprehensive story of the Baha’is in Iran, from the 19th century until today, focusing on persecution under the Islamic Republic and the emergence of BIHE.
George Washington University
Marvin Center, 3rd Floor Amphitheater
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Co-Sponsored by: GWU’s Baha’i Association, IranWire, ABF, The George Washington University, GW Law’s International Law Society, GW Law’s Human Rights Law Society, and GW Law’s International and Comparative Law Department