[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]
[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]
[Personal information has been redacted.]
[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]
[Adapted from website:] Shirazeh
[Date:] 4 Tir 1393 [25 June 2014]
How did “Brother Makhmalbaf of the 60’s” become the producer of worthless movies of the 80’s?!
Mohsen Makhmalbaf entered the world of cinema earlier than the rest of his generation, made more movies than they did and changed his mind, movie after movie.
.. Mohsen Makhmalbaf, who has appeared in the Israeli film festival in Jerusalem with his new film called “The Gardener”, said,“ I have chosen the followers of Baha’ism as the subjects of my film because they have an approach that can set an example for followers of the other religions.”
Al-Jazeera reported in this regard that Makhmalbaf, who has appeared in the Israeli film festival in Jerusalem with his new film called "The Gardener", called for a cultural dialogue between Iran and the Zionist regime in a meeting on the sidelines of the film festival yesterday!
In his new film, under the pretext of peace and friendship, he praises the perverse Baha’i religion. Addressing the occupying residents of the Zionist regime, he said, “I love you and I ask you please do not attack Iran, since attacking is not the solution and it makes the situation worse.”
At the festival, Makhmalbaf called on Israel and the West to support what he called the “democratic forces”, saying that the words of the Zionist authorities were useless to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities. He added, “The United States and Europe do not want Iran to be democratic; rather, all their efforts are to take care of the nuclear issue.”
He said that he might make such a film in the future about the Zoroastrians or Indian religions, adding, “I am not religious, but we cannot deny the religious affairs and their power in general affairs. I have chosen the followers of Baha’ism in this film because they have an approach that can be exemplary for the followers of other religions.