German pic a hit on black market
Iranians are going gaga for Teuton terrorist pic “The Baader-Meinhof Complex” even though it hasn’t been released in theaters.
DVD of the pic, which recounts the story of the German radical group during the 1960s and 1970s, has become a hot property on Iran’s black market among members of the country’s political opposition and cognoscenti.
The pic’s themes, notably resistance against a hostile government, are proving particularly relevant in the country, where a sizeable number of the population remains embittered over this summer’s disputed presidential elections. Large-scale protests gripped Tehran and other Iranian cities after supporters of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi challenged the election’s official results that incumbent prexy Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won a resounding victory.
Few Western pics — and hot button Iranian pics — actually get released in Iran due to strict government censorship. The response has been a vibrant black market in DVD sales. Auds also tune in to foreign satcasters even though satellite dishes are officially banned; that, though, hasn’t stopped dishes from popping up along the rooftops.