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Controversial Iranian film on Shia saints gets nod for screening
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Ahmadreza Darvish (R) directs members of the cast in a scene from “Hussein, Who Said No”.
Ahmadreza Darvish (R) directs members of the cast in a scene from “Hussein, Who Said No”.
TEHRAN -- The Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance has authorized the controversial film “Hussein, Who Said No”, which is about Imam Hussein (AS), his family and the tragedy of Ashura, to be screened in the country. 
 
“Hussein, Who Said No” premiered at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival held in Tehran in February. The depiction of the members of Shia Imams’ households in the film sparked a storm of protest from top clerics in Iran.
 
The faces of Hazrat Abbas (AS), the brother of Imam Hussein (AS); Hazrat Ali-Akbar (AS) and Hazrat Ali-Asghar (AS), the sons of Imam Hussein (AS); and Hazrat Qasim (AS), the son of Imam Hassan (AS) have been depicted graphically in scenes of the film.
 
Afterwards, the Culture Ministry agreed to modify the film for screening in Iran.
 
“The concerns were allayed during a meeting I had with the ulama, and this film obtained a screening license today,” Iran Cinema Organization Director Hojjatollah Ayyubi said during a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
 
Ahmadreza Darvish, who is mostly known for his films on the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the Sacred Defense in Iran, spent about nine years making “Hussein, Who Said No”.
 
The depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and his household (AS) in any art production is prohibited by the Islamic law.   
 
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