BBC documentary “Iran and the West” reviewed in Tehran

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The three-part series was shown on BBC Two last February to mark the 30th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The project involved collaboration with Press TV, Iran’s English language international television news channel.

This well-funded work analyzes the long struggle of Iran and the West to come together, which has been ongoing ever since the revolution.

The documentary presents interviews with a wide range of world leaders who reveal the inner dealings of all governing administrations over the past thirty years, both from within Iran’s own administration and from the Western counterparts. These include Vladimir Putin, Jimmy Carter, Mohammad Khatami, Bill Clinton, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Colin Powell, Ali Larijani, Farah Pahlavi, Madeline Albright, and Javier Perez among many others.

Britain-based Iranian scholar Majid Tafreshi, Press TV senior advisor Hassan Beheshtipur, series Iranian producer Mohammad Shakibania, and series consultant Nasser Hadian participated in the review session.

“There is a general concern (in Iran) that every film produced from abroad on Iran is bad and therefore no collaboration should be undertaken. However, I don’t think that is a correct view,” Tafreshi said.

“The main sponsors and producers of the series were not in Iran, but to the extent possible, ‘Iran and the West’ tried to present fairly the events that resulted in the victory of the Islamic Revolution and its aftermath,” he added.

“It is a enlightening experience promoting a balance between what the West wants to know about Iran and what Iran wants to say about itself to the West,” Tafreshi stated...

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