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[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:] Monadi News

[Date:] 3 Aban 1391 [24 October 2012]

 

Makhmalbaf’s Religionization of the Perverse Baha’i Sect

Makhmalbaf, one of the key figures in the 1388 [2009] sedition, in his new film, titled “The Gardener”, has [seemingly] sanctified the perverse Baha’i sect.

According to Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of the key figures in the sedition of 1388 [2009] and the spokesman of Mir-Hossein Mousavi abroad, in his new film entitled “The Gardener”, he has [seemingly] sanctified the perverse Baha’i sect.

In parts of the film’s trailer, which narrates the journey of a filmmaker, father and son, to Haifa, located in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Baha’i Centre, the audience is confronted with intergenerational dialogues and explanations of religious pluralism.

The film, funded by Baha’is living in France, seeks to explain Baha’i teachings to its audience. According to one of the cinema critics, this is the main message of the film to the Iranian audience.

In this film, Makhmalbaf tries, by sanctifying the perverse Baha’i sect, to refer to it as an Iranian religion, and by re-reading the deviant beliefs of this sect he tries to attract the attention of young people to its intellectual foundations. This is clearly evident in Makhmalbaf’s remarks: “Many of us Iranians are more aware of all kinds of ideas, beliefs, Indian religions, Chinese, and Japanese religions, than the beliefs and religions, such as Baha’ism, which originated in Iran. ‘The Gardener’ is a film for knowing.”