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in Filmmaking
on Jun 13, 2009

As news reports come in from the aftermath of Iran’s highly contested and most likely fraudulent election, film director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a supporter of challenger Mir Hossein Mousavi, is one of the voices speaking out. From a post by Abbas Djavadi on the blog Iran & Beyond:

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, a prominent film producer supporting Mousavi, who stayed in his favored candidate’s headquarters, told Radio Farda that they were called by the Election Commission well before the first results were announced. “Don’t announce Mr. Mousavi’s victory yet,” they were told by authorities. “We will gradually prepare the public and then you can proceed.” Apparently, though, a well-prepared plan was at the works, but in a completely different direction. Isa Saharkhiz, journalist from Tehran, told Radio Farda that while the whole SMS network of the country was taken down and critical websites were blocked and newspapers closed, they disabled communication among supporters of opposition candidates and everybody started to fear that they are preparing to gradually inject the surprise “shocking news” during the night until they announce it early morning.

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