Award-Winning Iranian Film on Religion, Violence, and Bahá’í Teachings on the Subject

The Gardener, Moshen Makhmalbaf’s most recent film, is an extraordinary creation exploring the clash between two Iranian generations (father Moshen and son Maysam) about the positive and negative effects of religion on society. The film also explores the principles and beliefs of the Bahá’í Faith on the role of religion. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY757gVjOgU.

Filmed in Haifa and Jerusalem (where three major religions collide), the film has another purpose. Makhmalbaf says that “Many of us Iranians know more about religions and schools of thought from Indian, Chinese, or Japanese origin than religions that have grown out of Iran. Maybe this has been willed by censorship. ‘The Gardener’ is an attempt to break this censorship.”

The Gardener  premiered at the 17th Busan International Film Festival in Busan, South Korea, held on October 4–13, 2012, and was shown again at the Beirut Film Festival on October 9, 2012.

Makhmalbaf, an Iranian film director, writer, editor, and producer, belongs to the new- wave movement of Iranian cinema. In 2005, after the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Makhmalbaf left Iran and settled in Paris. In the same year Time magazine named the filmmaker’s film Kandahar one of the top one hundred films of all times.