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Iran's Movie Star, Golshifteh Farahani, banned for "au naturel" pictures

Updated on February 20, 2012
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Golshifteh Farahani is Iran's most favorite international movie star and for good reason, she has appeared in many non-leading roles in Farsi and English made movies and is best known abroad for playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe in “Body of Lies.” From a public relations stunt, the press coverage for free is well worth the poses of her naked while living in France. Iran has now banned her from returning stating, " The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide does not need any actors or artists. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else”. The Ministry of Culture has told its press that she has sold her body as an icon and then seized her Iranian passport. The actress also pissed of the Ministry of Culture when she made the movie, Body of Lies, without their permission. When this happened, she was interrogated by the secret service for covert activities against Iran. She actually had to appear in court over this, at that time (2008) the presiding judge indicated that he would reserve judgement until he saw the movie. Golshifteh Farahani and her husband did not wait for the final judgement and fled to France.

The saddest thing about this is that while she is naked, her hands cover her breasts, so except for the fact that she is nude (below the hips is not shown), the photos are harmless and not offensive to most Westerners. But this silliness from Iran's Ministry of Culture is yet another stupid decree. There are many others like, outlawing teens and tweens from having squirt gun fights in public parks, allowing females to attend a soccer game (men only).

Despite the strictness, movie directors have created some good films that show what Iran is really like behind the idiot government. They are simpler films yet have universal themes. One film is about how a few teen girls dressed up as boys and sneaked into a soccer game to watch it-of course, some were caught and the girls tried to reason with their captors how stupid this custom is. One can see how its youth is very pro-West in many, many ways.

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      Noncellulose 

      6 years ago

      Jainismus,

      Your question (...what can we do...) for me at least, feels to focus on the absence of real education.

      What's real education?

      Certainly it would cater to the nexus of cultural wisdom and the child's innate wisdom. Something no school, certainly no public school, is delivering. In the vacuum of enlightened education, the kudzu of prejudice, hatred, and suspicion of those who are different, become the weeds nurtured by organized religion and organized governments (read criminal organizations against humanity).

      Their schools deliver despots, dictators, and death machinery.

      They know real education is dangerous to their agenda. Thus we don't have it. So, changing education beginning with young children is one key. If the child is not fully supported by the time they're seven, it's probably too late.

      If, big if, homo sapiens survive another 500 years, education must fulfill it's promise, else life on earth will not be a place you'd want to be.

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      Noncellulose 

      6 years ago

      I love the photo "shocking" photo of Golshifteh even more now that I've noticed the hand over her right breast is not hers but appears to be a man's hand.

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      perrya 

      6 years ago

      Either overthrow the government or vote them out of office!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Thank you for sharing the information.

      I know that Iranian people are good, as we Indians have a long time cultural relations (for 5000 years). But what can we do, when politicians and clergies interfere?

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      Philip Cooper 

      6 years ago from Olney

      I agree that it's the politicians who upset the apple cart. I know some lovely Iranian people.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I totally agree!

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      Noncellulose 

      6 years ago

      The Iranian people are wonderfully kind, educated, and sophisticated. Like every country, it's not the people, it's their damn politicians who, like madmen everywhere, hijack their country, then order everyone else how to live.

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