[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]
[Newspaper:] Ettehad-e Melli
[Date:] 19 Azar 1336 [10 December 1957]
[Issue No.:] 495
Protest of Preacher
It was rumoured last week that, the bazaar merchants and Mecca pilgrims had protested against the movie “A Party in Hell”, but no attention was paid to it.
As we have heard, because the protesters did not succeed in achieving their goal, they tried other means, and by contacting Dr. Jalali, the minister of the interior, through one of the famous preachers, asked him to stop showing the movie and to confiscate it. This issue is still unresolved and disputed, and the movie producers argue that the film’s moral impact prevails over its potential harm, and the opponents who have used religious means have threatened that if it is not stopped, fatwas [religious decrees] will be issued.
Regardless of the differences that have arisen, this is the only Iranian movie that has been produced in a relatively professional way in terms of the techniques of the film industry.