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Iran Contemplates Boycotting The Oscars Over ‘Innocence of Muslims’

Submitted by on September 24, 2012 – 1:00 pm Comments

‘Innocence of Muslims’ has created quite a stir the world over, and has managed to outrage the Muslim world to no end. Iran as a result of this inflammatory film, is contemplating giving the Oscars a miss. Those who follow the Oscars closely would surely realize that, this decision would be as much a loss for the Oscars, as it would be for Iran. Iran over the years has been known to churn out some great cinema, and nearly each year an Iranian film gets nominated in the Best Foreign Film category of the Oscars.

Therefore, when an official said that Iran should boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam film that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad, it surely must have come as disappointing news for foreign film buffs. As it turns out, Javad Shamaghdari, from the government-controlled cinema agency, is the one who came up with this suggestion. It has to be added that, the film might have truly offended the sensibilities of many, but protesting in this fashion, probably wouldn’t be fair to the talented filmmakers and actors from Iran, who probably look at the Oscars as a platform to showcase their talents.

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In fact, Yek Habbeh Ghand, or A Cube of Sugar — a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies, has already been chosen as an entry for the forthcoming Oscars. The Iranian government though, hasn’t officially endorsed this selection. The government has probably decided to adopt a wait and watch policy, as Shamaghdari has suggested that the Oscars be boycotted until, the organizers of the awards come forward and officially denounce ‘Innocence of Muslims’, as it was on the very soil where the awards are to be held that, the movie was made.

There is no doubt that, the movie did manage to incite violence and outrage the world over, and many feel  that was probably its intention, their reasoning is that, surely the filmmakers were aware of the impact a movie with such content might have. It would therefore be interesting to see the steps the organizers of the awards take, regarding this issue. The Iranian government too is probably waiting for just that, before it officially announces its position.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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