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Maziar Bahari Has Had Enough of Iranian Government Oppression

The Canadian-Iranian filmmaker whose memoir inspired Jon Stewart's first film speaks out on the challenges faced by Iran's Baha'i community post-Revolution.

Journalist Maziar Bahari speaks to an audience at a screening of To Light A Candle

Journalist Maziar Bahari speaks to an audience at a screening of To Light A Candle.

Times were much easier for members of Iran’s Baha’i community before the country’s Islamic Revolution of 1979.

“In those days you did not have to declare your religion,” says Iranian-Canadian journalist and filmmaker, Maziar Bahari, over the phone from England. His latest film, the documentary To Light a Candle, takes a look at the Iranian government’s systemic denial of post-secondary education to Baha’i Iranians. The film will be shown in 95 cities around the world, including Toronto, on February 27 as part of Bahari’s Education is Not a Crime initiative. But Bahari quickly points out that the Iranian government’s suppression of Baha’i rights does not stop at education.

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