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[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]


[Adapted from website:] Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)

[Date:] 12 Dey 1387 [1 January 2009]


Hollywood Icon Production Company Owned by Mel Gibson Embarked on a $10 Million Film Project About the Baha’is.

According to IRNA, the film is called “Mona’s Dream”; it is a $10 million project produced by Icon Production Company. The film is directed by Jack Lenz and shows the life of a Baha’i girl named Mona Mahmoudnejad; it claims that she was executed in 1983 along with nine other Baha’i women in Shiraz.

The filming began in October 2008 and will run until March 2009.

Jack Lenz is a Canadian filmmaker who had previously made a five-minute short video on the same subject.

“Mona’s Dream” is being filmed in Malta, in southern Europe.

This film will star Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mona, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Farkhondeh, mother of Mona, Cas Anvar as Khaled, the interrogator of Mona, and Nazanin Afshin-Jam, a colleague of Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former member of the Iranian parliament, as Tahereh, another executed woman.