Friday, September 10, 2004

The Daily Star : Iran to screen 'Fahrenheit 9/11' on ... 9/11

TEHRAN: Iranian authorities have decided to start screening "Fahrenheit 9/11," Michael Moore's scathing attack on the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, to coincide with the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, an official said Wednesday.

"We have bought the film and as the date of September 11 is approaching, it has been decided we will start showing the film as of next Monday," an official from the Iranian state body responsible for foreign movies said.

The Farabi Cinematography Foundation said the film would initially only be screened at two cinemas in Tehran.

Iran and the United States cut off diplomatic relations after the 1979 Islamic revolution, and Bush is arguably the most detested president among Iranian officials in the history of the 25-year-old regime.

In January 2002, Bush famously lumped Iran into an "axis of evil" along with Saddam Hussein's Iraq and North Korea.

Foreign films need to pass through Iran's censors before being shown and are generally subject to heavy cutting.

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