Farsi-dubbed ‘Shoah’ to be broadcast in Iran

Los Angeles based Aladdin Project says lack of Holocaust information in Iranian, Arab world inspiration for telecast in Persian.

concentration camp in Mauthausen (R) 311 (photo credit: Herwig Prammer / Reuters)
concentration camp in Mauthausen (R) 311
(photo credit: Herwig Prammer / Reuters)
A Persian-dubbed version of Claude Lanzmann’s epic 1985 documentary film Shoah is being broadcast worldwide, including in Iran, from a private Los Angeles-based satellite channel.
The broadcast, which started Monday on the Pars channel, and will continue for a few days, was organized by the Aladdin Project, a Paris-based initiative that seeks to establish better understanding between Jews and Muslims.
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Though satellite TV dishes are illegal in Iran, the enforcement is patchy, and Persian viewers in Iran may be able to watch the film.
The Aladdin Project tried twice to get a green light from Iranian authorities to hold a press conference in Tehran about the Holocaust, but received no response, Abe Radkin, the group’s executive director, told The Associated Press.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has consistently dismissed the Holocaust as a myth and tactical ploy on Israel’s behalf to garner international support.
“If the Iranian government agrees to broadcast [the film] on a public channel, we would welcome it,” Radkin said. The Aladdin Project has also dubbed the film into Arabic and Turkish.
It will be shown in Turkey at the Istanbul film festival next month, then a week later on the TRT channel, Radkin said.
The group had planned to broadcast the film on an Egyptian channel, but has put the plans on hold amid unrest that ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
“We will wait a bit so that the political situation in Arab countries allows the broadcast of such a film,” he said.
“We need a peaceful atmosphere to concentrate on this message.”