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Courageous Hollywood Director Cyrus Nowrasteh on Hannity, Shows How Films Can Save Lives

Posted on July 10 2010 5:00 pm

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Hollywood sure has its days. Most of us have a love/hate relationship with the American film industry for obvious reasons. However, every so often a film comes along that is not only great but actually makes a difference in people’s lives. One such film is The Stoning of Soraya M that I’ve written a great deal about in the past. It is films like Soraya that aid the voice of helpless people in Iran such as Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who could be stoned to death at any moment.

Director of the powerful Soraya, Cyrus Nowrasteh, was on Hannity Thursday night to discuss the petition to support the efforts of Sakineh’s son who is courageously trying to save her life. Nowrasteh’s film was banned in Iran (not to anyone’s surprise) but remained popular nevertheless as so many oppose the practice that is accepted in numerous cultures in the Middle East.

Nowrasteh discusses his film:

“This [stoning] goes on unabatedly in Iran and one of the reasons we made this movie is to make people more aware that this goes on and hopefully stop it from happening so the world would know that these stonings continue.”

Thanks to international outrage, women like Sakineh still have a fighting chance in this world. We must remember that films like Soraya give a voice to the voiceless. It’s popular in Hollywood to attack our own country and citizens just as it was cool to wear the “Che” t-shirt in college, but with the voice the film industry has they need to take a look at what actually makes a difference.

Listen to Nowrasteh talk about his film last summer in the video below.

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