Monday, August 20, 2007

ISNA: Stone determined to make Ahmadinejad flick

The public never gets to see the Ahmadinejad with a song in his heart, but Oliver Stone is pressing on in his quest to bring him to the silver screen:
Oliver Stone has made his second request for depicting Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Alireza Sajadpour, an Iranian film producer said "Stones promotion manager Michele Nicholson made a second request through an e-mail."

Nicholson while pointing to the Ahmadinejad's letter to the American people said "I believe that negotiation between the two nations is what we need at the time and producing this film is a step on this way."

She regarding the Islam and Muslims' inappropriate image in the American media noted "Producing this film is an opportunity to rectify this image."

An official also said "The creators of this wrong image are the American media and Hollywood, and it is interesting to know how Mr. Stone will be able to conduct this reconciliation."

He regarding Ahmadinejad's opinion over the issue said "He has no objection against this project and he has asserted it before."
Stone's motivation is certainly evident. The true Mahmoud, for instance, appears in the following Mehr News article: "'Messenger of Love and Hope' symphony is a monumental artwork: Ahmadinejad":
President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, accompanied by several members of the cabinet, was a spectator at the 10th performance of the “Messenger of Love and Hope” suite symphony which was performed at the Vahdat Hall on August 19.

After the performance Ahmadinejad went on stage and expressed his appreciation to the artists. He stated that artworks constitute the best paraphrase for the truth and that this comprehensive and interesting musical composition is a monumental work in the history of Iranian art. [...]

Crossposted on Soccer Dad

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