Tuesday, February 08, 2011

"Who Cares What the Iranians Think!"

The "controversial" film Iranium, whose screening in Canada was originally cancelled because of "threats of violence" has finally been shown in Canada to a sold out auditorium. James Moore, Canadian Heritage Minister vowed to show the film and has followed through on his commitment.

From the National Post:

Weeks after complaints from the Iranian government cancelled a screening of Iranium at Library and Archives Canada, a sold-out audience filled the theatre Sunday evening to take in the film -- a documentary that is sharply critical of Iran's nuclear arms program.

"Who cares what the Iranians think?" said Fred Litwin, president of The Free Thinking Film Society, in response to requests from the Iranian Embassy that the film not be shown. "Canadians need to know that Iran is a brutal regime that funds terrorism all over the world, and they're trying to get a nuclear weapon."

Demand for tickets was high. One seller told Mr. Litwin his phone was ringing off the hook. The film was supposed to be screened at the archives on Jan. 18, but threats of protest and official pleas from the Iranian embassy shut it down.

The federal Conservatives accused Iran of trying to censor and influence the activities of Canadians and quickly moved to reschedule the film at the arm's length government agency. Foreign Affairs sent a diplomatic note to Tehran stressing that Canada values freedom of expression and will screen whatever films it wants.

In attendance at the Sunday night event was Heritage Minister James Moore, who had directed Library and Archives Canada not to cow to pressure from Iran last month.

"This movie will be shown, the agreement will be kept and this movie Iranium will be shown at Library and Archives Canada," he said prior to Sunday night. "We will not be moving it to a different facility, we're not bending to any pressure."

Today Right Network posts the feature film, via Hulu. You can view the trailer here, but due yourself a service and follow the link, watch the film and share it with your friends.

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