“Iranian Taboo” screened in Germany

May 8, 2013

Germany screens Iranian Taboo

The documentary film “Iranian Taboo” was screened in Hofheim, Germany, on 5 May 2013 as part of the Five Years Too Many campaign.

In Germany, a showing of “Iranian Taboo,” a documentary film by prize winning Iranian-Dutch director Reza Allamehzadeh about the persecution of Iranian Baha’is, took place on 5 May in Hofheim near Frankfurt as part of the Five Years Too Many campaign.

The 2011 film explores prejudice faced by Baha’is in Iran, tracing its historical roots and current manifestation as a government-led persecution that has killed 200, imprisoned thousands, and left tens of thousands without jobs and access to higher education.

Following the showing, Ingo Hofmann, spokesperson for human rights of the German Bahá’í community, along with representatives of Amnesty International and the group “Solidarity with the Mothers from Laleh Park,” answered questions from the audience.

Rahim Schmidt, Member of Parliament in the Federal State of Rhineland-Palatinate also spoke. Dr. Schmidt said the Five Years campaign raises awareness of the human rights situation in Iran not only regarding the Bahá’ís, but also of other ethnic and religious minorities and prisoners of conscience in Iran.

Hofheim is the home of the European Baha’i House of Worship.

The screening was the first major activity in Germany of the Five Years campaign. Events are planned for 11 May in Berlin and Nuremberg. In Berlin, a large gathering in front of the Brandenburg Gate is planned. It will be supported by the Society of Threatened Peoples. In Nuremberg, the Baha’i community is co-sponsoring an event with the city council. It will feature a talk by Maede Soltani, the daughter of Abdollfattah Soltani, an Iranian lawyer currently imprisoned in Iran for his defense of many prisoners of conscience, including Baha’is.

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