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Iran Reacts Angrily to ‘Argo’ Oscar

Iran Reacts Angrily to ‘Argo’ Oscar

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Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini slams the Oscar-winning Argo as an “anti-Iranian” movie which lacks artistic value, saying Iran is determined to respond to the film by producing robust cinematic works.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran on Monday, Hosseini pointed to the announcement of the controversial US thriller Argo as the “Best Motion Picture of the Year” at the 85th Academy Awards, saying, “This anti-Iranian movie is devoid of artistic aspect and is very weak from the artistic point of view.”

He added that the enemies of Iran are not expected to do better than that.

Under the circumstances that Hollywood acts against Iran, Iran shoulders a heavier responsibility, Hosseini pointed out.

He added that Iran should produce films which portray realities for all the people around the world.

Michelle Obama, the US First Lady, announced the award live from the White House on Sunday.

The thriller directed by the US filmmaker and actor, Ben Affleck, is loosely based on an allegedly historical account by the former CIA agent, Tony Mendez, about the rescue of six American diplomats during the takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran after Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Political analysts say Argo unmasks the elaborate US scheme to employ every medium in its propaganda apparatus to incite Iranophobia across the globe.

Observers have further lashed out at the director of Argo for portraying a stereotyped and caricatured view of the Iranian society, noting that Affleck has consciously sought to ridicule the very customs and traditions of Iran.

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