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April 29, 2014

New film documents Bahai community life in Iran

Iran Wire, April 26, 2014

The documentary “Light a Candle” (شمعی روشن کن) by Maziar Bahari ( مازیار بهاری) is the first to tell the history of Bahai community life in Iran. It tells of the Babis and Bahais who were tortured in the Qajar era, of the slanders and insinuations they suffered from ordinary people who, in the Pahlavi era, were led by the Shiah divines, and of the period after the 1979 revolution. After the revolution, and even today, Iranian Bahais are considered second-class citizens in Iran, and are deprived of the right to employment and university education. The film is to be released on the first of May, in Persian. The Iran Wire site has a trailer, which plays first with Persian subtitles, then with English subtitles.

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  1. I have been a member of the Baha’i Faith for 55 years. I am now 70, having joined the international Baha’i community in 1959 in Canada. As a child I remember the first persecutions during my lifetime(1943-2014) in 1955. By 1955 the persecutions of members of the Babi-Baha’i Faiths had taken-place since the 1840s. I look forward to more documentaries in the years ahead, documentaries like this one, “Light a Candle” by Maziar Bahari. The intense persecutions and resulting manifold privations sustained, as well as the curtailment of freedoms by many an injustice, I have observed for more than half a century from a distance, from my safe havens in both Canada and Australia, two countries in the world where the Baha’is are free to practice their religion. The extension of this world faith in the last 170 years, making it the second most wide-spread religion on earth, is due in no small measure to the persecution of my beleageured brethren in Iran over several generations.

    Comment by RonPrice — April 29, 2014 @ 13:20 | Reply

  2. The irony of this situation is that of all the major world religions, the Baha’i Faith is the only one that specifically in its Writings, recognizes Muhammad as a true Prophet of God and Shi’ah Islam as His religion.

    Comment by Candace Jacallen — April 29, 2014 @ 18:03 | Reply

  3. It is really sad that in Iran and other Muslim countries Bahá’is are persecuted while we defend Islam in every country we reside. I accepted the Faith in Cuba and had to discuss with my friends in favor of Islam. Now I do the same in Puerto Rico.

    Comment by César — May 2, 2014 @ 21:33 | Reply

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