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IRANIAN FILMMAKERS FINALLY DENOUNCE ANTI-MUSLIM FILM

October 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While the culture ministry of Iran was denouncing America’s Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its failure to condemn the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims and letting it be known that it would not submit an entry for the best foreign-language Oscar competition, its own filmmakers and film organizations had remained conspicuously silent about the provocative film. That oversight was remedied on Sunday when a group of Iranian actors and directors gathered at Tehran’s City Theater Complex to sign a petition condemning the movie. Also appearing at the gathering was U.S. documentary film producer Scott J.T. Frank, who is in Iran to make a feature, financed in part by the Iranian film ministry about the downing of an Iranian airliner by the U.S.S. Vincennes in the Persian Gulf in 1988, killing all 290 passengers and crew members. The Tehran Times quoted Frank as telling the group that Innocence of Muslims is not representative of U.S. filmmakers.