Shamaqdari making campaign film for Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN, May 9 (MNA) -- President Mahmud Ahmadinejad’s art advisor Javad Shamaqdari said here on Saturday that he is currently making a campaign film for Ahmadinejad.

Shooting began on Friday when Ahmadinejad came to the Interior Ministry to register as a candidate for presidential election, Shamaqdari told MNA.


He said that no talks have been held between him and the president about the film so far.


Shamaqdari also made Ahmadinejad’s campaign film for the previous presidential election in 2005.


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad poses for a photograph with his ID card at the Interior Ministry on May 8, 2009 as he came to register as a candidate for the upcoming presidential election. (Mehr/Majid Asgaripur)


It was previously rumored that Masud Dehnamaki, director of the sequels “The Outcasts” and “The Outcasts 2”, and Farajollah Salahshur, director of the TV blockbuster series “Prophet Josef (AS),” were going to make the campaign film for Ahmadinejad.


Both of them denied the report.


What about others?


Many people believe that world renowned Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi will make a campaign film for the reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi. His frequent appearances in Mousavi’s meetings increase the likelihood of the validity of the conjecture.


Top Iranian cineaste Behruz Afkhami also said that he backs Mehdi Karroubi, another reform candidate in the forthcoming presidential election, which will be held on June 12.


“I never intended to reenter the country’s political arena,” stated Afkhami, adding, “My maximum political activity will be limited to making a campaign film for Mr. Karroubi.”  Afkhami also served in the Iranian Majlis from 2000 to 2004.


The son of deceased Iranian director Rasul Mollaqolipur, who was mainly known for his films on the 1980-1988 Iran-Iran war, has refused to make a campaign film for Mohsen Rezaii.


Ali Mollaqolipur said that since he didn’t have the necessary experience for making such a film he rejected the proposal.


Although Rezaii is classified in the conservatives’ camp he has said that the country would be on the verge of collapse if Ahmadinejad is reelected.


Mollaqolipur’s father made a campaign film for Rezaii in the previous presidential election in 2005. However Rezaii withdrew from the competition just a few days before the election.


“I do not hold the high status of my father and have no experience in political issues, so I didn’t accept the proposal,” Ali told the MNA on Saturday.


In addition, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad has recently said that she is currently making a documentary on presidential elections in general.


The film entitled “We Are Half of Iran’s Population” discusses women’s rights from the viewpoint of each presidential candidate.


The modern style of presidential campaigning made its first appearance in Iran with the campaign film made by Afkhami for former president Mohammad Khatami’s reelection campaign in 2001.





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