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