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December 4, 2012 by · 3 Comments 

Islamic conservatives in Iran have succeeded in having a controversial new film, I Am Mother, revised after staging protests at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Tehran. The film tells the story of a young woman who is raped and kills her assailant. But the rapist’s wife demands revenge under the Islamic law of qisas. The girl’s mother then claims she was the killer in order to save her daughter. According to the English-language Tehran Times, the opponents of the film condemned officials for granting a license for the film to be screened, charging that it challenges the Islamic law of qisas (which allows the nearest relative of a murder victim to take the life of a murderer) and demanded that the movie be banned. But the film’s supporters held counter demonstrations. They included two other directors whose films were banned earlier this year in response to protests. In the end, however, the Culture Ministry bowed to the protesters, saying, “In order to prevent any misunderstanding about the vital law of qisas, the necessary changes in the ending of the film have been determined and [the filmmakers] were informed,”