Mona’s Dream By Darius KADIVAR – Bahá’í Girl’s Martyrdom Story Set To Become a Mel Gibson – Jack Lenz Co-Production Movie
Mona’s Dream [see the attached document]
By Darius KADIVAR
Bahá’í Girl’s Martyrdom Story Set To Become a Mel Gibson – Jack Lenz Co-Production Movie
Canadian musician and composer, Jack Lenz, was asked to collaborate with Mel Gibson a few years ago on the musical score of the movie “The Passion of the Christ”. Lenz spent more than a year traveling around the world and researching ancient instruments, cultures and their music to come up with an idea of what kind of music would be historically accurate and appropriate for Mel Gibson’s magnum opus. It was widely expected that he would be named as composer for the movie but later on, Mel Gibson and his associates ended up naming John Debney to that role. Nevertheless, Lenz continued to work on the project and ended up contributing to many of the original titles and songs in the movie.
Late last year, Mel Gibson and the other producers of “The Passion of the Christ” met with Jack Lenz in Los Angeles. They wanted to communicate their appreciation for the hard work that he had put into the project and asked Lenz how they could return the favour. Jack Lenz replied that it had always been a lifelong dream of his to make an original motion picture about the martyrdom of Mona, a 17 year old Iranian Baha’i youth.
He then proceeded to tell Mel Gibson and his associates who were there, about Mona’s story; how she had been taken away by Iranian authorities and interrogated; how she had been told that she would be, along with nine other women, summarily executed; how she had asked to be hung last so that she would be able to pray for the other women; and how she had met her death with serenity and strength, never wavering in her faith. Lenz also showed them a letter that Mona had written herself …
Keisha Castle-Hughes (Oscar-nominated actress from ‘Whale Rider’, also in ‘Star Wars Episode III)
Shohreh Aghdashloo (Oscar-nominated actress from ‘House of Sand and Fog’, also in ’24′, ‘Lake House’ and ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’)
Cas Anvar as Khalid, Chief Interrogator
Nazanin Afshin-Jam (Singer/Songwriter and debuting as actress; International Human Rights Activist, and Miss World Canada and Miss World runner-up) as Tahirih.
Mona Mahmudnizhad (1965-June 18, 1983) was a Persian Bahá’í who, together with nine other Bahá’í women, was sentenced to death and hanged in Shiraz because of her membership to the Bahá’í Faith.
Mona Mahmudnizhad was arrested and charged for teaching Bahá’í school classes to children. The Iranian authorities tried to make Mahmudnizhad, and the other arrested Bahá’í women, recant their religious beliefs through torture. However, when the women did not recant they were sentenced to death. At the time of their sentencing, the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, as well as Human Rights Organizations made a plea for clemency, but the women were hanged on June 18, 1983.
Interestingly Shohreh Aghdashloo will be starring in another movie also concerning Human Rights in Iran and directed by Iranian American Cyrus Nowrasteh ( Path to 9/11) and based on the best selling book The Stoning of Soraya M by Fereydoun Sahebjam: the true story of an innocent 35-year-old woman who had been stoned to death for supposed infidelity in a remote Iranian village in 1986. The horrific account was to draw the attention of Human Rights organizations on the plight of Iranian Woman and the dark reality of Iran’s judiciary.
Lets Hope that both movies will achieve their goals in faithfully portraying the tragic story of these victims and more importantly convince the international community and the Iranian judiciary on the necessity to put an end to such unjust and cruel treatments in Iran but also worldwide.
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LES DROITS DE L’HOMME !
Persian Golden Boys In Hollywood by Darius KADIVAR
On Shohreh Aghdashloo:
The Struggle Continues ! : Nazanin Afshin Jam’s Stop Child Execution Campaign by Darius KADIVAR
On Cas Anvar:
Actor Identity: Simply Human Nature by Cas Anvar (Iranian.com)