Thursday, January 19, 2012

Golshifteh Farahani Banned From Iran For Beautiful Nude Photo Shoot

From the Telegraph: An Iranian actress has been told she is no longer welcome in her homeland after she posed naked in a French news magazine as a symbolic protest against strictures on women.

The nude photo of Golshifteh Farahani has been published by Madame Le Figaro magazine. The publication has attracted a wave of visitors to her Facebook page from Iran and the Middle East.

The Paris-based actress left Iran last year in protest against restrictive Islamic codes that the Iranian cinema industry has to follow under Ahmadinejad's conservative cultural policies.

Now she said the government has sent a communication telling her not to travel back to her homeland.

"I was told by a Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guide official that Iran does not need any actors or artists. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else", Farahani said.

Farahani appeared along Leonardo Di Caprio in the Hollywood film Body of Lies as a nurse who helps an injured American secret agent to recover to carry out his mission in a Muslim country.

The publication of the photo coincides with the Iranian film A Separation being awarded a Golden Globe as the Best Foreign Film of the Year and a government crackdown on the industry, which has seen the authorities shut the House of Cinema institute in Tehran.

Golshifteh has appeared in many of the films made by Asghar Farhadi, the director of A Separation, which has also been nominated for an Oscar this year.

In a few hours after the photo was published Farahani has received thousands of comments from her fans on her Facebook page, with some blaming her for "indecency" and many admiring her for "the courage to remove a taboo among the women in the Muslim countries".

"This is more discriminating to the women than the compulsory hijab. I am very much disappointed with Golshifteh, but she is free to do whatever she wants", a comment read.
Well, I disagree with the commenter. Mlle. Farahani is a grown-up woman, and she can do as she thinks best. The photographs are beautiful, and very tasteful.

1 comment:

  1. The world is like a stage, every human being is an actor making their own films of life either good or bad, and at the end of the film everone passes away from this world to another that we call it hereafter, or metaphysic, and every one will be held responsible for their deeds. Islam doesn't force people what to do, and what not to do. It's a plain and evident invitation towards felicity, and a successful life hereafter. If one doesn't believe in the hereafter, they have to think they die every night, and in the morning they come back to life. Whatever they see in their dreems, that's hereafter, or metaphysic. If dreams are not real, then why they stay in our memory saved. Sometimes the dreams are there and never goes away. Also every dream caries a meaning. If we don't believe in the hereafter, it's because we are asleep, when we die, we will be awakened, and we will see the real world. As we see everything in dreams, but as soon as we wake up, we see the real world before us. Believe, and act as you sow to reap tomorrw. What will you sow, thorns or flowers? What you sow, so you'll reap.