Iran's semi-official Fars news agency has reported that Iran will produce a documentary
on what it describes as Hollywood's psychological operations against the Islamic republic.
According to the report, since Iran's revolution "the enemy" (usually meaning the United States and also Israel) have used Western culture, including movies, to create a "negative psychological atmosphere" against Iran to "confiscate" some of the country's historical aspects. Fars says the documentary will be produced with the aim of shedding light on Hollywood's operations.
Iran has protested against several Hollywood-made movies, including "The Wrestler" and the ancient war epic "300," accusing them of insulting Iran.
Tehran also didn't like the fact that an Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani, appeared in the film "Body of Lies" with Leonardo DiCaprio. Farahani, who left Iran a few months ago, had said that she had a lot of problems
because of the movie. The ultraconservative "Kayhan" daily wrote that the "smuggling" of Iranian actors and actresses to Hollywood is worse than the smuggling of Iranian girls and women to Persian Gulf countries. "Kayhan" had said
that according to "international sociologists" (not sure who they are) taking girls and women to Hollywood is a kind of "human trafficking."
In the past, Iranian officials have said that Hollywood's efforts to attack Iran's culture are fruitless. So it's not clear why they have now decided to fight back with a documentary. Unlike Iranian officials, many Iranians are very fond of Hollywood movies and the latest movies are always available on the black market.
-- Golnaz Esfandiari