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Transcript by Newsy**** BY STEVEN HSIEH You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy The story of an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery has caused international outrage. Now- that woman- Sakineh Ashtiani’s has supposedly “confessed” to helping her lover kill the husband she is accused of cheating on. Of course- the confession came during a documentary that aired on the government-run Press TV. Analysts say the documentary is an attempt by the Iranian government to deflect criticism over Sakineh’s harsh punishment. “One day he called me and told me to send my children to my mother’s house in Tabriz. I asked why. He said, ‘Tomorrow I want to kill your husband.’ I asked how. He said, ‘You inject him with a drug and make him unconscious. Then I’ll come and electrocute him.’” (Sky News) The documentary resembles a Court TV report- walking the audience through Sakineh’s story as if every event is proven fact. Majikian: “If anyone betrays, that is, he goes against his vow, that is a promise he or she gives. If you don’t respect your word, no one will respect you. Reporter:” But Sakineh’s story was more than just an affair or a betrayal. It was a betrayal that led to murder.” But CBC points out what many are thinking- that the confession was forced. “A confession, advocates say, was almost certainly made under duress. Iran has said Ashtiani’s case is being manipulated by the West to undermine the country. Human rights advocates say it is Iran that is guilty of manipulation, and this latest example is one of the most egregious yet." And a Huffington Post blogger says Iranian authorities dipped to a new low in distracting the public from its human rights record. She says it’s pretty clear what’s going on here. “Anyone with knowledge of legal procedures, of the minimum standards for the treatment of prisoners, or plain common sense, will not be fooled by this show of strength from a powerful and brutal state that can and does coerce citizens into confessing to crimes they may or may not have committed.” Finally, a writer for the Telegraph says Sakineh’s case is one of many in Iran, and international attention could possibly have counterproductive consequences. “The causes célèbres we pick on often seem to such places random and motivated by broader political concerns…from the Iranians’ point of view, our sudden singling out of [Sakineh’s] case is capricious, and demands similar treatment in return.” The documentary does not say whether Sakineh will still be executed- but it does point out that her case is still making its way through the Iranian legal system. Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
14 Dec 2010
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A woman in Iran who is awaiting the death penalty of stoning for extramarital relationships is now facing 99 lashes for indecency.
10 Sep 2010
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Amir Motlagh, famed DIY provocateur presents his first narrative feature length film. -whale- Cameron, a writer who seems to have never finished his first novel, returns home to his mother's house in Orange County Ca., after a failed relationship and lack of direction with life. Back home, Cameron spends his time reacquainting with old high school friends, only to find that life has only gotten more confusing for everyone. What is a young man to do when he seems to have lost all hope? -The film uses a cast made up of mostly non-actors, including Motlagh's real life parents. Many of the cast were first seen in Amir Motlagh's short film, Dino Adino (2001). By using an alternative narrative style, the film destroys the lines of fiction and documentary by engaging the audience in a way that traditional narrative fictions cannot. Motlagh utilized an approach that mixed the cinematic language, using influences ranging from Dogme 95, No Budget DIY, Iranian Cinema, Collage and Youtube to string together the film. -Quotes- "DIY meets cinema art" "A collage of life, weaved with a sparring, gentle narrative that says more, without hardly saying anything" "An autistic vision of cinema, equal parts beautiful, indulgent, and raw" "Life unfolds in Amir Motlagh's new film whale" -Cast- Amir Motlagh Darren Oneil Mike Flowers Atefeh Galledari Yousef Motlagh Rastin Ashtiani Kindy Barr Martin Nilchian -Company Credits- Production Company - AYA Films Produced by - Amir Motlagh, Darren Oneil Music- Shanks and the Dreamers Running Length: 72 Minutes
15 Nov 2009
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