June 18, 2023 will mark 40 years since 10 Baha’i women were hanged in Shiraz. Their only ‘crime’ was their refusal to renounce their beliefs in a faith that promotes the principles of gender equality, unity, justice, and truthfulness. This collection highlights Baha’i Blog content relating to the ongoing persecution of Baha’is in Iran.
Section 209: A short film based on a true story (WARNING: Graphic Content)
Section 209 is a short film based on a true story about a sweeping fight for survival set against revolutionary Iran in the mid-1990s. Section 209 was produced to inspire awareness and support for releasing all Baha’is imprisoned in Iran.
Centred on the life of Ali, it tells the story of a man imprisoned and tortured, in a bid for him to recant his beliefs. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is illegal to run Bahá’í activities and any person convicted will be immediately placed in prison. Ali is arrested held captive in Koohsangi Political Prison in Mashad. Two interrogators enter, Short Interrogator and Tall Interrogator, and systematically interview Ali. They attempt various negotiation methods to convince Ali to either write that he has converted to Islam, or to face execution.
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.