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[Adapted from website:] Jahan News
[Date:] 12 Azar 1392 [3 December 2013]
Baha’is Act Behind the Scenes of a Movie
A Baha’i element is responsible for setting the stage for Iranian filmmakers in France.
According to Jahan, quoting Kayhan, Pantea Panahi, a prominent member of the Baha’i community in France, is one of the producers and senior executives of the French company “Memento Films”.
She has played the persuasive role for the European Union in ordering the production of the film “The Past (Le Passé)”, directed by (Asghar Farhadi) and has donated 80,000 euros to make the film.
The purpose of making “The Past” has, in fact, been [to discourage or prevent] Iranian immigrants [from moving] to Europe, and specifically to France.
Panahi―this Baha’i element―recently commissioned Masoud Kimiai to make a film in France, along with Behrouz Vosoughi, a person associated with Ashraf Pahlavi and a composer who supported the apostate Salman Rushdie, Esfandiar Monfaredzadeh…
One of Panahi’s close associates is a Baha’i named Nader Takmil Homayoun, who previously worked as an interpreter in Iran. One of the books translated by Homayoun, “American Dream”, was written by Michelle Ciuta.
Pantea Panahi is a friend of German Zionist Chancellor Angela Merkel. At the recent Berlin Film Festival, she had a cordial conversation with Merkel and rode in an official German car.