Ahmadinejad agrees to Oliver Stone film - but sets conditions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has basically agreed to US filmmaker Oliver Stone going to Iran to make a film about him - but set certain conditions, his art advisor said Sunday.

Ahmadinejad agrees to Oliver Stone film - but sets conditions
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has basically agreed to US filmmaker Oliver Stone going to Iran to make a film about him - but set certain conditions, his art advisor said Sunday.

"After the first request (by Stone) was rejected, there was a second request which was carefully read by Mr. Ahmadinejad, and he eventually agreed to Stone coming to Iran - but working under our conditions," Javad Shamaqdari told Fars news agency.

The advisor said Stone should in the first place present his script and explain about the real aims of the film - which should be documentary without any additional fictional scenes.

Shamaqdari said revising the initial rejection followed Stone and his team saying that, within world opinion, there was a vague image of Muslims in the Middle East in general and Iran and Ahmadinejad in particular. The film could at least try to improve this.

The Iranian official added that the film could also enable a dialogue which the Iranian president had for some time envisaged with the American people.

Ahmadinejad said last week he was not against the Stone project to make a film about him - but the necessary arrangements should be made in advance.

Ahmadinejad's media advisor, Mehdi Kalhor, said in July that the president had rejected the Stone request. "Even though Stone is considered a member of the opposition group in the US, it is still part of the Great Satan," he said at the time.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, Iran has been branding the US as the "Great Satan" for what Iran calls its imperialistic policies worldwide.

Kalhor had further said Iran believed American cinema was devoid of real art and culture, and largely used as a mouthpiece.

Despite the remarks by Kalhor, Stone is regarded within cinema circles in Islamic Iran as a distinguished filmmaker.

DPA
Last Mod: 03 Eylül 2007, 22:51
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