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August 28, 2002

Sakineh Yekshanbeh-zadeh

There are lots of subtle and not-so-subtle messages in Babak Payami's Secret Ballot. In one scene, a young native Arab woman from a village on an Iranian island hands over her shenaasnaameh (idenitty card) to cast a vote. Her name is "Sakineh Yekshanbeh-zadeh".

The revolution culminated on Sunday (Yekshanbeh) February 11, 1979 (see newspaper headline from Monday, February 12, 1979). And Sakineh (Arabic/Islamic origin) is one of the least popular names in Iran -- often used as a term for ugly woman.

So... am I way off? -- Jahanshah Javid

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