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[Adapted from website:] Ferghe News

[Date:] 31 Shahrivar 1393 [22 September 2014]


“To Light a Candle” Screening in London

An Anti-Iranian Film, This Time Pretending To Be Oppressed By the Flavour of Baha’ism

This new film was produced as part of the Western human rights campaign against Iran, to show the suffering of the Baha’i community and its struggle for the right to education.

According to Ferghe News, anti-Iranian propaganda by Westerners on human rights has intensified.

Recently, Maziar Bahari, an Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker, has made a documentary about Baha’is. The documentary “To Light a Candle” deals with the work of an unauthorized Baha’i educational institution that has been running underground.

The film was produced as part of the Western human rights campaign against Iran, to show the suffering of the Baha’i community in Iran and its struggle for the right to education.

Maziar Bahari was arrested one day after the 1388 [2009] elections in Iran and charged with conspiracy to commit crimes against national security by collecting and keeping classified and confidential documents, propaganda activities against the regime, insulting the supreme leader, and insulting the president. He was sentenced to a total of 13.5 years in prison and 74 lashes for disturbing public order.

Maziar Bahari also took advantage of the simplicity of a cleric in Qom, who considers himself a Marja’-i-Taqlid [authority on religious jurisprudence]. At the request of Al-Jazeera of Qatar, he [violated] the privacy of [the cleric’s] home and made a documentary mocking the beliefs of the Shiite sect, including augury.

“To Light a Candle” was shown privately in London last week. The story of this film begins with the Islamic Revolution of 1979, in which it is claimed that more than 200 Baha’is were executed in the first five months of the Revolution. In 1987, Baha’is were barred from teaching or studying at universities, so a number of those expelled from the universities came together to form the BIHE [Baha’i Institute for Higher Education] educational institution, using several private homes.

The film deals with the reaction of Iranian officials to this institution, which, according to the film, “in the form of annoying propaganda, said that BIHE had brainwashed and promoted ostentatious [behaviour].” In 1990, a number of directors of this educational institution were arrested for disturbing public order, promoting corruption, and espionage.

On 22 February 2015, “To Light a Candle” will be screened at hundreds of universities around the world as part of the “Education is Not a Crime” day programme in support of the Baha’is, a sign of strong Western support for the film.

Interestingly, Westerners make all sorts of accusations and slanders about their opponents and shut them out with the help of their media speakers, but when it comes to Ferguson, Guantanamo, Indian rights, racism against blacks and dozens of other public violations of human rights, all of [these] are considered “internal affairs of a country” in which others have no right to interfere.