Screenings of “Education Under Fire” with Panel Discussions at the 5C Claremont Colleges

“One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen, Education Under Fire is sure to galvanize viewers who will be exposed to an outrage that until now has received little attention — the systematic denial of an entire religious community of the right to pursue higher education in their own country.”

“It’s outrageous that Iran is criminalizing the pursuit of education for an entire minority group,” said Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International USA.

Amnesty International estimates that over 100 Baha’i are currently imprisoned in Iran. The Baha’i have been arrested, tortured and even executed for their beliefs.

Education Under Fire – Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i right to education
… can learn and take action to support everyone’s right to education, including that of the Iranian Baha’is See: … map: Google Maps Education Under Fire – Iran’s Persecution of Baha’i right to educationhttp://www.amnestyusa.org/events/education-under-fire-iran-s-persecution-of-baha-i-right-to-education

 

Education Under Fire screening in Pomona College Claremont

Education Under Fire screening in Pomona College Claremont

Education Under Fire (EUF) is produced by Single Arrow Productions and co-sponsored by Amnesty International. The 30-minute documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Baha´is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are also prohibited from going to college (and blocked from many professions).

Beyond the goal of encouraging specific action in order to mitigate the effects of these policies in Iran, EUF is encouraging conversations on university campuses and within communities around the country in order to raise awareness of and shine a light on the importance of defending Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.
In addition, The Drive to 25 is an electronic campaign to gather 25,000 activist signatures to urge Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials to end their policies of discrimination.
The 5 C’s screening-conversation of
Education Under Fire is

What: Screenings of “Education Under Fire” with panel discussions

When: Sunday, April 22, 2012  from 2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Frank Blue Room, Pomona College, Claremont California 91711

For more information, contact Baha’is of Claremont 909-626-2569

In 1987, the semi-underground Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was formed to give young Baha´is their only chance for a university-level education. Despite repeated raids and arrests, volunteer teachers and administrators created an independent, decentralized university system that has lifted the lives of thousands of Baha´i students across Iran. In May, 2011, an organized assault was launched by the Iranian government in an attempt to shut down the BIHE. Over 30 homes were raided and over a dozen BIHE professors and administrators were detained. Several are still in prison for doing nothing more than trying to teach. The film connects a diverse audience to a grave human rights issue, a powerful story of resilience against oppression, and the need to respect human rights everywhere.
We filmed in nine cities with a dozen BIHE students or teachers (several whose parents were imprisoned or executed by the Islamic Republic of Iran), plus: Bani Dugal (Representative of the Baha´i International Community to the United Nations), Elise Auerbach (Iran Specialist for Amnesty International), Hadi Ghaemi (with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran), Hamid Dabashi (Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University), and Dr. Ramin Ahmadi (Co-founder of Iran Human Rights Documentation Center). The film features footage and photos spanning two decades of BIHE classes, rare video from inside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, and photos and a film that bring alive a series of personal stories.
In the documentary, BIHE graduate Shahrzad Missaghi expresses a shared resolve, “The government can crush our bodies, but they cannot crush the mind and soul.” Mojdeh Rohani, a BIHE graduate whose father was executed in 1981, says, “We can use this experience to not only just think about ourselves and what is important to us, but to look at the bigger picture; to think of people of this world as they were our own family.” That is the larger, universal message of this film. Education Under Fire will inform and move a diverse audience around the world.

On February 3, 2012 the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, USC Office of Religious Life, USC School of Cinematic Arts, Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, Interfaith Council, International Human Rights Clinic, Academic Culture Assembly, Baha’i Student Association and the Los Angeles Baha’i Center  co-sponsored a screening and discussion of the film, Education Under Fire.

For more information, please visit www.educationunderfire.com

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Education Under Fire Documentary Screening and panel Discussion at 5Cs

“One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen, Education Under Fire is sure to galvanize viewers who will be exposed to an outrage that until now has received little attention — the systematic denial of an entire religious community of the right to pursue higher education in their own country.”

— Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International USA

Education Under Fire (EUF) is produced by Single Arrow Productions and co-sponsored by Amnesty International. The 30-minute documentary profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha´i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE). Baha´is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are also prohibited from going to college (and blocked from many professions).

Beyond the goal of encouraging specific action in order to mitigate the effects of these policies in Iran, EUF is encouraging conversations on university campuses and within communities around the country in order to raise awareness of and shine a light on the importance of defending Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees education as an inalienable right of every human being.

In addition, The Drive to 25 is an electronic campaign to gather 25,000 activist signatures to urge Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials to end their policies of discrimination.

The 5 C’s screening-conversation of Education Under Fire is

 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

2:00-4:00 pm

Frank Blue Room, Pomona College

 

For more information, contact http://www.kidsidebyside.org/

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One Response to Screenings of “Education Under Fire” with Panel Discussions at the 5C Claremont Colleges

  1. Edward Razi says:

    The Baha’i educators face an evil challenge. They are persecuted by the Muslim government. They do not deserve it, and punishment is unneccessary. Thanks so much. Best Regards, Edward

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