IRAN is not the problem

IRAN (is not the problem) is a feature length film responding to the failure of the American mass media to provide the public with relevant and accurate information about the standoff between the US and Iran, as happened before with the lead up to the invasion of Iraq.

We have heard that Iran is a nuclear menace in defiance of the international community, bent on “wiping Israel off the map”, supporting terrorism, and unwilling to negotiate. This documentary disputes these claims as they are presented to us and puts them in the context of present and historical US imperialism and hypocrisy with respect to Iran.

It looks at the struggle for democracy inside Iran, the consequences of the current escalation and the potential US and/or Israeli attack, and suggests some alternatives to consider.

This 79 minute documentary features Antonia Juhasz (The Bu$h Agenda), Larry Everest (Oil, Power, and Empire), and other activists and Iranian-Americans. The DVD also contains a 20 minute preview version ideal for meetings. The goal of this movie is to promote dialog and change the debate on Iran, so please consider organizing a screening, big or small, in your area.

Produced by Aaron Newman, an independent film-maker and part of the Scary Cow film co-op in San Francisco. He is an anti-imperialism/pro-democracy activist, founder of the SF Chomsky Book Club, and a member of Hands Off Iran
There are differences of opinion between many of the voices in this film, but all agree that a war would be unjustified. Below are brief video introductions for each of the people who participated.

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15 Responses to "IRAN is not the problem"

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  2. Mister E Man  February 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    What does the US label of Socialism on the Soviet Union, have in common with the Soviet Unions acceptance of the label? They both want to use the label, even though it wasn’t true.

  3. Moses  February 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    unday, Feb. 5, Alireza Forghani, head of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strategic team, was quoted as remarking, “It would only take nine minutes to wipe out Israel.”

    • Geez  February 13, 2012 at 2:59 am

      And he said “Israel is a tumor which needs to be cut out” …. The Islamists (like Iran) do not want a world with Israel in it. That’s plain as day … however, I see no gain in attacking them ….. I’m sure Israel will look after itself ….

      “historical US imperialism” – you’re correct there … it’s historical so stop dredging up the past …… in fact it’s historical in most Western democracies and it is the reason they are democracies ….

  4. Jimmy  February 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion, That is the American way. HAGD

  5. Kevin Moore  February 12, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    There are 3 countries left which do not have a Rothschild controlled Central Bank and Iran is one of them.

  6. Bob  February 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Offering to be nice if Israel gives up its land is not a peaceful offer.

    • John  February 23, 2012 at 3:57 pm

      Thats where youre wrong.. Its nots ITS land.. Its Palestinian land, whats so hard about leaving the west bank and gaza to the palestinians?

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  8. Mary  February 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    In comparison to Saudi Arabia there are clear differences between the way Iranian society generally treats their women. Im not talking about poor backward societies like Afghanistan and Yemen where they are very poor and simply dont know better. Iranian women thrive in politics and education and they even have a womans football team that competes internationally so they are actually much more open and accepting of the role of women in their society. I know this isnt the main point but I felt I should make this point.

    • Lee  April 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      Very valid point and it speaks to Iran’s evolution…

  9. xxx  March 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    what we do about it ?

  10. jay howard  December 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    The question that is never asked is, is Iran building a nuclear weapon? if you think they are not, then you are willfully ignoring the evidence. If the answer is yes, then the next question is — is this something you want to live with? a nuclear-armed Iran? It will be much harder to disarm them once they get the bomb. I personally don’t care if they have the bomb but it is an issue to consider. Conventional war today is probably better than nuclear war tomorrow. Because if Iran is irresponsible with the bomb, and history suggests they will be, it could be the end of the middle east as it looks today.

    • John  April 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Jay Howard, up till now there has been only one nation in history that was irresponsible and used the nuclear bomb. Do I need to tell you which nation that was?

  11. Cyrus  April 15, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I am from Iran and this documentary is like Iran’s current brutal regime has ordered the production of it! If it’s paid by them indirectly, it’s OK but if not it’s an embarrassment. War is not the answer on Iran because it will put many who hate the current system behind it, defending their country. Instead of wasting your money on this documentary you have to make one on how and why Jimmy Carter made the error which led to the revolution and why he spent millions to overthrow Shah of Iran. He has to apologize to American people that their tax dollars are being spent every milisecond so US can be there in Persian Gulf to be able to react if the Islamists in power go crazy!


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