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Iranian Academy of Arts to submit UNESCO declaration against '300'


TEHRAN, March 16 -- The Iranian Academy of Arts has prepared a declaration against onscreen Hollywood production of "300" to offer the UNESCO.

The film and cinema group of the academy has asked the UNESCO secretary to respond to the destructive acts of Hollywood in distorting history and culture of Iran which is one of the ancient civilizations in the world.

The declaration emphasizes that UNESCO is responsible to protect civilizations and cultural heritage of nations, and it should not be silent toward degrading nations through art and cinema.

UNESCO has prevented any threat of demolishing ancient sites, so it is expected to oppose destruction of historical identity of all nations in the form of film and cinema, reads part of declaration, adding that it is not less important than a monument's destruction.

The declaration also warns the art and cultural figures of other countries for intermingling art and cinema with political intentions to violate peaceful interactions of the nations.

The declaration is signed by Mohammad Beheshti, Dariush Mehrjuii, Mohammad-Mehdi Heidarian, Seifollah Daad, Manuchehr Tayyab, Majid Majidi, Mohammad-Ali Hossein-Nejad, Mojtaba Raii, Mehdi Organi and Mohammad-Ali Najafi.

The English and French versions of the text are ready and will be sent to the secretary of UNESCO.

Directed by Zack Snyder and based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, '300' is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian enemy, drawing a line in the sand for democracy.

300's Persians are ahistorical monsters and freaks. They are black creatures with bloody eyes looking like the terrorists of today. Xerxes is eight feet tall, clad chiefly in body piercings and garishly made up.

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