FAHRENHEIT 9/11 DEBUTS IN TEHRAN
Last week, in the era before Rathergate, several readers emailed this incredibly revealing story about the premiere of Michael Moores agitprop mockumentary in Tehran.
In a nation that really feels the dictators boot on its neck, the audience knows, with the certain knowledge of the oppressed, why their oppressor is allowing them to watch this movie. But they dont even see (or care about) Moores loathing for his own country.
Theyre too exhilarated just to catch an unvarnished, uncensored glimpse of ... America: Fahrenheit 9/11 gets axis of evil premiere.
TEHRAN (AFP) - Cinemagoers in the Iranian capital were given their first glimpse of Fahrenheit 9/11 this week, but appeared to enjoy more the rare chance to watch an American movie than its assault on their regimes arch foe George W. Bush.
Michael Moores Bush-bashing polemic may have cruised through Irans unforgiving censors thanks to its indictment of US policy, but the premiere of the film also had the side effect of making some viewers relate the same questioning to their own state of affairs.
The authorities obviously gave the film the green light for political reasons, in that anything against the United States must be good, quipped one of the hundreds of mainly young people who flocked to Tuesday nights opening screening.
The prize-winning documentary has been allowed out on release here to coincide with the third anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States which kicked off a chain of events that has seen Iran surrounded by US troops and lumped into an axis of evil.
They are showing this film to erase from our minds the idea that America is the great saviour, said Hirad Harandian, another cinemagoer at the uptown Farhang cinema. Thursday, September 16, 2004
I went to watch that movie last night. Only one cinema shows the movie in Iran but I disagree with what AFP said about the movie. If Iranians want to watch an American movie, they can watch them through their satellite receivers. I think people are curious to see who says the truth.
I hope AFP does not ignore the facts.