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The Execution Game

“The Execution Game” tells the sad story of a 12-year-old Iranian boy who unintentionally killed himself as he and his brother re-enacted a public execution as a game. The boys knew what public executions are because public executions are no rarity in Iran, and children are not forbidden to watch them. No one can say what children think when they see a public hanging, but in this boy’s case, he seemed to think it was a kind of theater -- and thus an inspiration for the game.