Iranian version of Che movie

Since 1979 the cinema has been influenced like the other sects in Iran in favor of the regime. However, there have been volunteers to pave the way and make the process much easier for Iranian regime. Sometimes the scale of the censorship and falsification is giant in a way the audience feels being assumed as a fool.

Ibrahim Hatamikia is one of those people who helped Iranian regime in its propagandistic distortion of reality and made a movie. The name of his movie is Che, the same name for the famous one which is about Che Guevara’s biography and his revolutionary activities. Hatamikia tries to show one of Iranian top IRGC -Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps- commanders like Guevara in post Islamic revolution ad hoc. The main character of Iranian version of Che is Mostafa Chamran who helped Hezbollah and fought alongside terrorists in Lebanon even before 1979.

Obviously the nature of Iranian regime and the bloody hands of the government is clear for the international community. However, Iranian leadership is spending annually a huge amount of money and using a vast group of human resource to cover-up.

So far only in 2014 Iranian judiciary system issued death penalty for more than 530 prisoners. Furthermore, back in the first years of the Islamic revolution prosperous in Iran, thousands of political prisoners were hanged even in many cases without any trial.

In the movie Chamran and the other IRGC fighters are represented as angels to save the civilians. Furthermore in the same movie Chamran offers the Kurdish prisoners to leave the cell and tells them “You are free, you can go but I hope you have conscience to not disclose the names of the other civilians who are hiding themselves here”. Frankly the reality is not like this because of many key points and evidences. First of all how an agent who fought alongside the Hezbollah terrorists and even commanded them can be that generous and merciful? Second, on August 21, 1979 which means a few hours after the last scene of the movie, nine KDPI -Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran- members were executed by the firing squad against the hospital wall in Paveh, the same city that the movie is about.

The reality is that, dictators like Iranian regime repeat their childish cover-ups everyday but this is not going to work anymore. In 2014 which smallest changes in any corner of the world will be shared in social media immediately, such cover-ups are just none sense.

Apart from dictators and their childish way to cover their atrocities up, the shameful part refers to their followers like the director of the movie. The dictators will be decapitated, their regimes will be collapsed but the dictatorship seeds they planted in the semblable brains of their followers will remain for decades.

There are many elements such as suppression, intimidation, torture, imprisoning, execution, falsification, censorship, isolating the society and etcetera involved in to keep Iranian dictatorship functioning. This is not the surprising part of the story and totally usual for such a regime, but isn’t something wrong or missing from the Kurdish parties side? The Kurdish parties should be more active in terms of awakening people not merely in Kurdish cities but in the other parts of Iran alike.

Still the Iranian media outlets, national TV channels, cinema, education system, judiciary and even tourism sects propagating against the entire Kurdish nation in Iran. If there will not be enough counter-activities from the Kurdish parties, then the other nations in Iran believe the Iranian propaganda more and more. The Kurdish parties -Iranian part- should focus on Kurdish identity and raising the awareness of Kurds inside Iran more seriously. They should seek whatever support they could get from the countries that are against Iranian regimes’ atrocities which means many available resources.

At the end, the Iranian version of Che is a fantasy that never, ever happens.

About the Author
Ramyar Hassani is a human rights observer and journalist covering the Kurdish struggle from the field and office. He was born in Sanandaj (Sine in Kurdish), in Eastern Kurdistan, the part of Kurdistan that has been attached to Iran.