Iran and the challenege of reform (DVD)
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Iran and the Challenge of Reform (DVD)
نبرد اصلاحات در ايران
- Director: Jamshid
This film attempts to analyze the complex climate of the current Iranian
Political system and questions the compatibility of an Islamic State with freedom and democracy. In 1997, Mohammad Khatami, runs as a moderate candidate
for reform and gets elected the president of the Islamic Republic of Iran. His
election marks almost two decades of struggle by the Iranian people to loosen
the iron grip that the regime had on every aspect of their lives.
President Khatami promises to bring about some measures of freedom,
therefore fueling the hopes of many, inside and outside of the country. The
film reviews his eight years of Lame Duck presidency. His struggle with the
growing public pressure and anger, for him to fulfill his campaign promises,
on one side and the all powerful Supreme spiritual leader of Iran, Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei, on another.
inability to reckon with the powerful political forces opposing him in Tehran
and in essence, rendering him ineffective. Khatami visits to France and Germany, during which, many of current
regime’s opponents protested against the Western European governments’
support for him. The film presents rare footage of Shirin Ebadi, a female Iranian Lawyer
who receives the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2003. The Iranian freedom seekers
view this as a positive step by an International body in recognition of their
This documentary further reveals the lack of a democratic political process within the country and the inability of people to bring about changes through peaceful means and struggle, a direct result of decades of oppressive and authoritarian rein.