After the successful global public screenings in over 40 cities throughout North America and Europe, Iranian Taboo, a documentary by Reza Allamehzadeh WAS broadcast live on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share this important film with global audiences, especially the viewers inside Iran” said the Iranian Taboo director and the producing team. “Our main and only goal in making this film has been to raise awareness and expose the injustice that has taken place for over 150 years against the followers of the Baha’i Faith in Iran; a historical fact that has not been talked about in this format. We thank VOA for accepting our request to broadcast this film” The June 23rd broadcast of Iranian Taboo on VOA INCLUDED a live in-studio interview with the director of the film, Reza Allamehzadeh.
Iranian Taboo tells the story of an Iranian Baha’i woman, Nadereh and her 14-year-old daughter who decide to sell all of their belongings and leave their homeland, to take refuge in the West. Iranian Taboo takes us across continents from Turkey to Israel, and from the U.S. to Iran and gives us a unique insights into the persecution of Baha’is in Iran -from the underground Baha’i University (BIHE) to the oppressed Baha’i peasants of the Eival village in the northern province of Mazandaran. The film includes never seen before interviews with some of the most respected Iranian scholars, authors and politicians, speaking about the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. All scenes within Iran were shot undercover by local contacts of the filmmaker.