Angels of Iran

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The Nineteen Months team received information nearly a week ago that a series of short films that explore the dreadful human rights situation in Iran was going to be released at Naw-Ruz, March 21st, 2011. We decided that we wanted to feature this important project, especially since the theme for this month is “Human Rights”.

“While the project began in response to the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran”, said David Hoffman, the executive producer, “it has quickly evolved to include the defense of all Iranians who champion principles of justice often at their own peril. There is an “otherness” that permeates the dealings of people and we want to make the point that we are all one. No matter what country or culture we come from there are people of good will who champion principles of justice and oneness.”

The video below discusses the heartbreaking struggle of Fariba Kamalabadi, one of the Yaran, told by her brother. There are currently about 79 Baha’is in prison, with many more Baha’is in Iran suffering harassment and untold hardship.

You can see the rest of the videos on the Angels of Iran site. We encourage you to like their page on Facebook, add them on Twitter, and promote the videos in whatever way possible.

The story of the struggle for human rights for all people is being told. Spread the word.

Sholeh is a founder and Photography Editor of Nineteen Months and takes photos with a Canon Rebel. As a child, she was a master fort builder and mud pie baker. Now she reads books, cooks, and doesn’t try to climb trees. She is a certified event planner. She lives in Chicago with her husband, works as an event manager, and blogs here.