Lebanon Bans Screening of Documentary on Iran Vote, Director Banned from Travel

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The director of an Iranian film documenting violence in the run-up to the 2009 presidential vote has been banned from travel to Lebanon, where his film was set to be screened, an organizer said on Sunday.

"Today we found out that Iranian director Nader Davoodi will not be allowed to travel to Lebanon," said Colette Naufal, director of the Beirut International Film Festival which runs from October 5 to 13.

"Lebanese censorship authorities on Friday requested they see Davoodi's film 'Red, White and the Green' prior to its screening. We informed them that we decided to pull it from our program," Naufal said in a statement.

The 2010 film, to be screened as part of the festival's "Middle East Documentary Film Competition," focuses on the violent events of the last three weeks leading up to the June 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Hizbullah, a major ally of Iran, leads the governing coalition in Lebanon, where authorities were not immediately available for comment on the film.

The news comes four months after the banning of "Green Days" by Iranian filmmaker Hana Makhamalbaf that shows raw footage of security forces cracking down on protests after the disputed election.

Makhamalbaf is a daughter of Mohsen Makhamalbaf, who is close to leading Iranian opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussawi, one of Ahmadinejad's challengers in the 2009 election who cried fraud when official results gave him victory.

Comments 19
Default-user-icon hanna (Guest) 09 October 2011, 18:57

lol, someone afraid of the truth??

Missing minlibnan 09 October 2011, 19:16

Hizbala has made lebanon into a puppet state. Screw this gvrmt. Berri you are a cancer, sitting in the same chair ruling over a bunch of sell-outs for the past 20 years. Nosralla u are the lowest human, you are the top Mossad agent in the world, helping the Jews to divide and conquer. If you are pro militia weapons, screw you too! You ruined our country, but your time is running out!

Missing nebuchadnezzar 09 October 2011, 19:25

check this out :


and will know more and more about what is in faqih's mind !!

Default-user-icon Voyager (Guest) 09 October 2011, 19:33

Guess who is the Chief Head of General Security..... a Shiite appointed by Hizbullah vis-a-vis IRAN....!

Default-user-icon Wake Up Orange (Guest) 09 October 2011, 19:48

This is not the lebanon of freedom that we thrive for. Hezbollah and M8 are turning it into an extention of dictature and tyrants regimes such as the ones in Iran and Syria... this is not the lebanon we want, this is not who we are... how long are we going to stay silent? How can Aoun's christians accept this and stay silent?

Thumb benzona 09 October 2011, 21:13

Lebanon is just another Vichy. I'm totally ashamed.

Missing peace 09 October 2011, 21:57

this is called democracy and liberty the M8 way with the benediction of aoun....

Missing realist 10 October 2011, 00:07

This is the new lebanon that the GMA wants, where army officers are shot dead without reprecussions (samir hana) and where israeli top brass spies get only two years in jail (fayez karam) and where people are divided into 1st class (hizzies) and 3rd class (the rest)

Missing youssefhaddad 10 October 2011, 02:31

The light of the truth will always burn through the shades that they try to cover it with.

Default-user-icon The Truth (Guest) 10 October 2011, 04:46

Back to the good old days of censorship and Lebanon being a 3rd rate country that censors even political documentaries about another country's government.

Default-user-icon Gabby (Guest) 10 October 2011, 05:06

The Hexx don't want the people to know the evil they are funded and guided by. Not to fear. I will get a copy of the film and let everyone I know see it.

Default-user-icon Batman (Guest) 10 October 2011, 08:22

So again this friggin Hizbulla junta in Lebanon is dictating what Lebanese can and can not watch... Also anything that would expose the despicable image of the current Iranian regime... This is the 21st century folks and the power of counterfeited DVDs will not stop anyone from watching this film just like nothing can stop net browsers and FB addicts from fully knowing what dictators are doing to their population...

Default-user-icon expat (Guest) 10 October 2011, 10:27

exchanging a foreign dictatorship for a local one... it's a shame what Lebanese have done since 2005...
what a bunch of idiots, like banning this movie will prevent people from watching... just like any other movie, it will be pirated and spread to all Lebanese as soon as it opens...

Default-user-icon expat (Guest) 10 October 2011, 10:31

exchanging a foreign dictator for a local one... is this the change Lebanese have accomplished since 2005 ???? what a shame...
what a bunch of idiots... like this movie won't be pirated and spread to everyone in the countless DVD sales places... in fact banning it have the opposite effect that they are trying to avoid...

Default-user-icon anamin (Guest) 10 October 2011, 11:53

don't they realize that the propaganda that comes with such a ban would actually make everyone out there want to see the movie? it's the best form of advertisement for these movies! idiots!

Thumb thepatriot 10 October 2011, 13:00

chou ya habal? Give us a clear statement here! Do you think that the movie should have been aloud?

Default-user-icon Edward (Guest) 10 October 2011, 15:16

We are turning into Iran more and more every day. Time for real resistance

Thumb Marc 10 October 2011, 15:25

It is true as many have said here; banning it is the best thing that could happen to this movie..... Every one will see it. If it wasn't banned, wouldn't have heard about it.....

Speaking of this movie, I hear that a revolution in Iran is on the verge of exploding and will be far more organized this time!

Missing peace 10 October 2011, 18:10

M8 guys round here say nothing? they can t assume? censorship only happens in totalitarian countries....

are they happy? no b... to give their opinion it seems....