Iranian Director Hits Out at U.S. Sanctions

Tales Review

Iranian director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad lashed out against U.S. economic sanctions imposed on her country during Thursday’s press conference for her film “Tales,” which depicts social ills in Iran.

“Our children who are sick with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis are paying the direct consequences of the embargo because they cannot get the medicines they need,” Bani-Etemad said. “It’s the Iranian people who are bearing the brunt of these international decisions, which are crippling our economy and making many lives miserable.”

The effects of the U.S. embargo crop up in Bani-Etemad’s hard-hitting film, which screened on the Lido in competition. It provides an unadulterated portrait of Iran, and especially women in Iran, battered by bureaucracy, drug abuse, single motherhood and prostitution, among other problems.

“The condition of women in Iran is that, despite their social and political position, they are resisting. Iranian women are winning,” Bani-Etemad told reporters.
She also said that despite being potentially controversial, she was confident that “Tales” would get distribution in Iran.

The film is being sold by Noori Pictures.

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  1. socialinform says:

    This side effects are unfortunately not unintended. Read politician cites regarding what the Iran sanctions should achieve: http://100wordz.wordpress.com/tag/sanction-effects/

  2. socialinform says:

    Reblogged this on 100words and commented:
    “Our children who are sick with diseases such as cancer and multiple sclerosis are paying the direct consequences of the embargo because they cannot get the medicines they need,” Bani-Etemad said.

  3. Redheadeddeb says:

    If you feel this way then blame and go after Russian, Iranian and Afgahni terrorists. I wish this had no fall out, and I’m sorry it does. However I’m tired of our country being blamed for everything. We have given away more aid and help while having our own citizens to help. Turn to yourselves, neighbors and clergy. If you can find no compassion at home that is a problem born of relying on others rather then yourselves. Wish you well, but refuse to feel quilty.

    • Mja says:

      ‘ We have given away more aid and help while having our own citizens to help. ‘ Is that what your corporate newsmedia tells you? Next time, do some research before posting, and you might understand precisely what she’s talking about.

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