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    Thursday, November 23, 2006

    Saint Mary Iranian film

    My friend Peter Chattaway recently interviewed Shohreh Aghdashloo at the junket for The Nativity Story (Aghdashloo plays Elizabeth). Along the way, she mentioned an Iranian made film called Saint Mary which neither Peter or I were aware of.

    Peter's done some research and written a post on the film which includes finding the retailers website, which includes a montage of clips from the film. A different selection of clips are available on YouTube in Farsi (with English subtitles).

    One thing Peter doesn't mention is that the film would appear to be primarily based on the Qu'ran. Sura 3 discusses the birth of Mary, including some indications that Israel's deliverer was already expected at that point, and Surah 19 deals with Mary's role in the birth of Jesus. I notice that Aghdashloo declared that "Obviously it's been distorted, it's not the real story" in the interview. I'm not sure whether this is a reference to it being based on the Qu'ran rather than the bible (and if this was the Grace Hill organised event she would have known Peter was a Christian) or just to the fact that padding out either version of the story to fill its incredible 6 hour run time.

    Whilst the original is in Farsi it is available to buy in an English dubbed version in a number of different countries (including the US and the UK). There was also a screening of the film last year, put on by the Islamic Centre of England

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    • At 10:11 pm, November 25, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      The fill six-hour version (on four DVDs - PAL only) is available at:

    • At 5:28 am, December 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

      The Film was recently screened in New York, St Mary, the English dubbed (shorter version).

      Soon to be released is the Farsi movie, The Messiah, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ (according to the Qur'an).

      Those who want further details can e-mail, youths [at] jana.org


    • At 8:57 am, December 08, 2006, Blogger Matt Page said…

      Thanks Chip and Ali - very useful information.



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