|IRIB airs doc on tragedy of Iran Air Flight 655||
TEHRAN -- Six channels of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) aired the documentary “Live Wave” about the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 (IR655) by the U.S. Aegis Missile Cruiser USS Vincennes on Tuesday and Wednesday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.
Habib Ahmadzadeh, known for his novels on the theme of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, known as the Sacred Defense in Iran, has directed the documentary, which reviews the catastrophe twenty years later in 2008.
Veteran actor Parviz Parastui narrated the documentary, which was written by Ahmadzadeh.
For his documentary’s title, Ahmadzadeh was inspired by Ebrahim Hatamikia’s “Dead Wave”, in which Parastui played the role of Morteza Rashed, an Iranian general who tried to take revenge against the Vincennes ten years after the downing of Iran Air Flight 655.
In “Live Wave”, Parastui said that Hatamikia’s film was a motivation for him to think and study more deeply about this tragedy.
Parastui accompanied a group of Iranian cineastes and writers during their visit to the place where IR655 had been shot down. Some members of the group commented on the tragedy in the documentary.
Representatives of People’s Peace Delegation, a U.S. anti-war group, visited Iran in July 2007 to investigate the event. The documentary also covers part of their sojourn in country.
On July 3, 1988, Iran Air Flight 655 (IR655) was shot down by U.S. Vincennes on the Bandar Abbas-Dubai route, which resulted in the loss of 290 lives of innocent civilians from six nations including 66 children. There were 38 non-Iranians aboard.
The U.S. government to date has neither admitted any wrongdoing nor accepted responsibility for committing this tragic blunder, nor has it apologized. The men of the Vincennes were all awarded with medals and Commander Lustig, the air-warfare coordinator, even won the navy’s Commendation Medal for “heroic achievement”.
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