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Oliver Stone Makes Second Request for Ahmadinejad Documentary

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Oliver Stone, the director of such influential films as “JFK” and “The Doors,” has made a second request to depict Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in a documentary. Stone’s promotion manager, who made the request, described the film as an attempt to rectify the image of Muslims and Islam in the American Media.

According to the Guardian, Stone’s first request was denied:

“While it is true that Oliver Stone is considered to be among the opposition in the US, the opposition is still part of the Great Satan,” the president’s media adviser, Mahdi Kalhor, told the semi-official Fars news agency…

Mr Ahmadinejad’s adviser, Javan Shamghadri, said Stone’s request might be reconsidered if he could secure the rights for Iranian film-makers to make a documentary about the US president, George Bush, and the CIA without harassment.

Stone replied with the following statement:

I wish the Iranian people well, and I only hope their experience with an inept, rigid ideologue president goes better than ours.

Stone’s unfavorable depiction of the Persians in “Alexander” was cited as a possible reason for the snub. The general defamatory characterization of Persians and Iranians in Hollywood culture has contributed to a decline in trust between Iranians and the American media. Read Hamid Dabashi’s elucidating essay regarding Zack Snyder’s “300” for more.

Irancove @ August 18, 2007

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