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Hollywood plans for new Iranophobic films discussed in Tehran
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A poster for “The Hoax of Hollywood” conference
A poster for “The Hoax of Hollywood” conference
TEHRAN -- Hollywood’s plans for the production of films which promote Iranophobia were scrutinized during a conference in Tehran on Monday.
 
The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance was the main organizer of the one-day conference that was entitled “The Hoax of Hollywood”, Persian-language media outlets announced.
 
“The distortion of historical facts in movies such as ‘Not Without My Daughter’, ‘300’, and finally ‘Argo’ convinced us to hold the conference, which is Iran’s first collective and strong response to the populist approach,” conference secretary Mohammad Lesani said in a press release.
 
“One of the main aims of the meeting is to unify all cultural communities in Iran against the attacks of the West, particularly Hollywood,” he added.
 
He said that the conference plans to sue Hollywood. 
 
French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, who also attended the conference, will represent Iran in an international court.
 
She represented Zacarias Moussaoui early on during his imprisonment, while he was awaiting trial for his role in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. 
 
Lesani also said that the conference plans to send a statement to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council, which opened in Geneva on February 25 and will run until March 22.
 
UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed presented a report at the session on February 28, in which he voiced concern over what he called an apparent rise in the frequency and gravity of abuses in Iran, and claimed that the Islamic Republic had failed to investigate “widespread, systemic, and systematic violations of human rights.”
 
An official campaign has been mobilized against Hollywood after Ben Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo” was selected as best picture at the Academy Awards on February 24.
 
In Iran, “Argo” was officially viewed as an “anti-Iranian” film after it premiered in the U.S. on October 12.
 
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