Articles & Notes — October 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

Iranian actress punished by the government for making a controversial film

What’s the worst thing that can happen to you, if you make a movie that “some people” do not like? Well in Iran, you’ll get beaten, sentenced to death, or to lashes.

One Iranian court sentenced an Iranian actress Marzieh Vafamehr to 90 lashes, because of her role in a new Australian-made film portraying social alienation, drug use and political oppression in Iran.

The film’s title is a provoking one too – “My Tehran for Sale”. Vafamehr has been arrested in July, and received her sentence on weekend, according to reports quoting Iranian opposition website,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

According to the paper: “Vafamehr often appears with a shaved head and no headscarf in the film, which also explores cultural oppression in Iran and taboos such as drug use.”

The Melbourne-based Iranian-Australian director of the film Granaz Moussavi did not give any comments on this issue,  out of respect to the actress’ family. The director only said, that the scenes with Vafamehr “were shot in Iran, with a local crew, back in 2008”.

Now, it seems like even an artist of some sort, or an actress in Iran is going to get “what she deserves” for doing movies. This is a rather sad fact, and personally, I do feel sorry for the actress.

The comments from other people actually state pretty much the same. They all agree on one thing: such kind of barbaric punishment for [………] is not acceptable. And let me tell you this: these iranian laws and the reaction from other people to it, also spread to other muslim countries, as a result of which “all muslim, and middle east countries” are called barbaric, and other harsh words.

Seems like a lot of these middle east countries have so many reasons just to beat a woman whos never done anything to them… hopefully the world will open its eyes there is another solution besides violence in this world.

It’s pretty harsh to receive 90 lashes for being an actress in a movie that doesn’t appeal to the Iranian government. I will follow NO GOD that will demand this kind of treatment to any human being man or Woman.

This sentence imposed by Iran is much too harsh! My prayers are with this actress and her family! If she going to receive this kind of sentence whenever she acts in movie that Iranian officials dislike, she might as well not act at all. There is simply no reason at all for this kind of punishment! She should consider packing her belongings and moving to another country!

As for me, I am kind of curious: The director of the film, Granaz Moussavi, who is half iranian…what was he thinking when he decided to hire a local actress for a film called “My Tehran for Sale”?

After the shoot is over, the actress is back in Iran, while he sits in Melbourne. I am not sure, that in this case “art is worth such pain and suffering”.

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