BBC News: Inside Iran with Rageh Omaar
CATEGORIES OF THIS FILM
Rageh Omaar embarks on a unique journey inside what he describes as one of the most misunderstood countries in the world, looking at the country through the eyes of people rarely heard - ordinary Iranians.
It took a year of wrangling to get permission to film inside Iran but the result is an amazing portrayal of an energetic and vibrant country that is completely different to the usual images seen in the media.
This film is not political at all. It does not discuss the nuclear debate or American intervention in Iran. We posted it because its very interesting and we feel that the Iranian people have been misrepresented in the media. Historically, before every war politicians and the media paint the enemy as very differenent from ourselves. Its
easier to hate or fear when you dont understand or relate to your enemy. When you look closely at this highly educated country you will see that Iranians assimilate to American culture. Rageh witnesses anti U.S. protests but notes that the protests are against U.S. policies and not Americans themselvese.
The film also shows first hand how the Iranian propoganda machine works. I would argue that its strict and blatent censorship is much less effective than the subtle self censorship in U.S. media companies.