Help with Research for Cinema Film

Sep 2014
Southampton, UK
Hi friends,

I am a filmmaker based in the UK, and along with a few UK based Baha'i friends, I am writing a film script for a cinematic film that explores the persecution of Baha'is in Iran. I have been reading so much about the topic for the last five months but am struggling to find personal accounts of the daily experiences of Iran's Baha'i community. I speak Persian but cannot read or write it.

If anyone can help me- either by sharing your experiences or those of people you know- I would really appreciate it. We can talk on the phone/Skype/or by email.

If you want more information on the film please email me on [email protected]

Here are some suggested questions that would really help my research:

What is life like on a day to day basis? Does being a Baha’i in a country that persecutes you affect your everyday life and if so how?

Do you get abuse from people on the street everyday? If so do you know these people? What do they say?

In your day to day dealings- do you associate with any muslims and if so in what way? Do you have muslim friends and neighbours? What are your relationships like with them?

Do you hide the fact that you are a Baha’i in your everyday life- and if so how? What happens (or has happened) when you have to reveal it or others find out?

How about your co-workers, employers, employees etc.. What feeling do you get with these people- do they treat you differently or act differently towards you?

When you have been the victim of persecution and you have reported it to the police or authorities- what has their behaviour towards you been like? Have some been helpful- and how? How have others been unhelpful or even discriminated against you further?

Do you think the persecution is by the state, or the majority of the people and the state?

Does the local Baha’i communities meet for regular meetings- what are these like? Are they held in someone’s house? Are you scared during these meetings?

Thanks a lot.
David :)