Iran seeking international premiere of “He Who Said No”
The Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance has said he will make the effort to help the producers of “He Who Said No”, an Iranian blockbuster on the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS), to premiere in the world.
Speaking at a private screening of the film on Monday night, Ali Jannati said that the film will be shown in countries in the Americas, Europe, and East Asia, as well as in a number of Muslim countries.
A number of high-ranking officials including the foreign minister and vice president attended the screening.
Jannati said that the story of the film has been approved by many ulema and Muslim leaders.
“I hope the people of the world become familiar with the history of Ashura and the oppression of Imam Hussein (AS) by watching this film,” he added.
Iranian filmmaker Ahmadreza Darvish spent nine years completing the film. A large crew of Iranian and foreign cineaste have collaborated in the production of the movie.
“He Who Said No” tells the story of the uprising of Imam Hussein (AS) in 680 CE against Muawiyah, the founder of the Umayyad dynasty of caliphs. The Imam was martyred by Muawiyah’s son and successor, Yazid, after raising the standard of revolt against the Umayyads on Ashura, the tenth of the lunar month Muharram.
Producer Taqi Aliqolizadeh announced in November 2012 that the film would be dubbed into English and Arabic.
“Ruz-e Rastakhiz” (“The Day of Resurrection”) and “Yawm-ul-Hurriyah” (“The Day of Freedom”) are the Persian and Arabic titles of the film, respectively.
The film is scheduled to premiere at the 32nd Fajr International Film Festival, which will be held in Tehran in February.