Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Mohammad Nourizad and Mohsen Makhmalbaf are both filmmakers. Both were active supporters of the Iranian regime but later turned against the regime and became ardent advocates of human rights. Now they have openly broken with another feature of their past: prejudice against religious minorities.
Persian and English-language analyses which have attempted to comprehend these events have ranged from a dismissal of the election process as a completely engineered one to uncritical support for the election results. Among the many analyses which I have read, I have found the Persian-language analyses by Mohammad Nourizad and Mohammad Reza Nikfar to be the most thoughtful.