Only in Iran, the government makes a movie about cracking down on its protesters and shooting at them, then blames it on foreign spies and the people themselves.
A new movie called Ghaladehay-e-Tala or The Golden Collars, premiered for the Persian New Year, is telling the story of the 2009 presidential election and its aftermath which led to what the West knows as the Green Movement. See the trailer here.
Screening of this film at this time is significant since two other Iranian movies scheduled to be screened at the time of Persian New Year celebrations were banned while one in particular depicts the activities of Gasht-e-Irshad or Morality Police which harasses the Iranian youth for not following Islamic codes of clothing and conducts.
As the screening of the movie have raised a lot of criticism and anger, this time, Iranians feel betrayed by some of their favorite actors and actresses who have played in the movie and call on the boycott of the film and its characters.
Comments on YouTube also have been overwhelming. Those who personally participated in the protests compare the movie with their own experiences. For example, one comment asked how could people be carrying guns when he even didn't see anyone carrying a stick?! Others, just simply shower the filmmakers, the actors and the government of Islamic Republic with their colorful language.
However, my favorite reaction to the movie was this photoshoped poster I found on Facebook which I had to share:
Is there any other way I could convince you that Iranians will always find a way to prove they are not their government?