Source: Tehran Times
The Oscar nominated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi criticized the West for disseminating Islamophobia in the world during a panel at the Palais De Nations in Geneva on Thursday. The panel was organized by the Organization for Defending Victims of Violence (ODVV) and the Society of Iranian Women Advocating Sustainable Development of the Environment.
The Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi
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Majidi, who is the director of "Muhammad", a blockbuster about the Prophet of Islam in his childhood, said, "When the Taliban committed crimes in Afghanistan or when the terrible 9/11 incident came about I knew that what was happening was irrelevant and unacceptable to the religion I believe in."
"I am sorry to say that the governments, which were supporting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, were the allies of the West. The Arab governments established and trained them and now they provoke violence and enmity.
"I am pleased to say that no terrorist of Iranian nationality or Islamic belief that is common in my homeland was involved either in the 9/11 event or in the subway blast in London or any other suicide attack. However, I regret to have to remind you that after these events, the West applied all its pressure and restriction on Iran and the Iranians, which have always condemned such terrorist actions.
"I have read and studied a lot about Islam after I decided to make a film about the Prophet of Islam. Therefore, I can confirm that these violent acts, which have resulted in Islamophobia across the world, are totally unrelated to the Islam I learned from Muhammad, Imam Ali and Imam Hussein. So I have tried to show the fretful and chaotic world the true image of friendship in the religion of the Prophet of Islam in 'Muhammad'."
A number of the world's professionals in the film industry including Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor Scott E. Anderson, and three-time Academy Award winning Italian director of photography Vittorio Storaro have collaborated with Majidi in "Muhammad", which is scheduled to premiere this year.
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