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'Fahrenheit 9/11` to premiere in Iranian cinemas

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA -- American filmmaker Michael Moore's widely popular documentary 'Fahrenheit 9/11` will soon be screened on Iranian movie theaters, a head of the institute which runs the country's cinemas said in Tehran on Saturday.

According to the broadcasting manager of the Farabi Cinematheque Foundation, Manuchehr Shahsavari, 'the (screen) rights of the movie has been bought' and work has started to prepare it for release.

The documentary, which has already made history by earning more than 100 million box office dollars in Canada and the United States, takes US President George W. Bush to task for the invasion of Iraq and his handling of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

It also bashes Bush for an erosion of US civil rights in the wake of the US-led war against terror and an alleged link between the Bush family and Al Qaeda terror network leader Osama bin Laden.

'Fahrenheit 9/11` begins by recounting the events of the last presidential election, which was decided in Florida. Many Americans believe that the Bush campaign stole the election from Al Gore by disenfranchizing black voters in the Sunshine State.

Bush won the election in Florida by 537 votes after a lengthy recount that eventually wound up in the US Supreme Court.

The movie that cost six million dollars to make and could not initially find a distributor after Walt Disney Corp refused to release it, is the first documentary ever in top spot at the US box office.

In just three days, 'Fahrenheit` smashed the $21.6-million-record for ticket sales for a documentary set over a nine-month run by Moore's Oscar-winning `Bowling for Columbine`.

The documentary which won the prestigious 'Palme d`Ore` at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, has evoked global welcome across the world people because of its plucky exposure of American politics and Bush's antics.

Moore seeks to provide the American electorate and the rest of the world with facts regarding US decision to invade Iraq, while vowing to 'liberate` it, and presents a harrowing future, if Bush is allowed to stay in office for a second time.

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