Golshifteh Farahani praises the “crazy audacity” of protesters who “raise their chins”

Actress Golshifteh Farahani in December 2019, at the International Film Festival of Marrakech – Fadel Senna – AFP

The one who fled the Iranian regime at the age of 26 recalls the popular revolt that her country has experienced since the death of the young Mahsa Amini.

Actress Golshifteh Farahani, who became French after leaving her native country of Iran, looks with admiration at the popular uprising that is shaking her home country. As demonstrations multiply in the Islamic Republic to protest against draconian laws, the star of daughters of the sun draws the observation of a gap between Iranian youth and his own generation in the columns of the World:

“When we were stopped in the street by the moral police, we lowered our heads and muttered: ‘Sorry, sorry’, like scary little birds. They? for the blood of Mahsa Amini you shed. So what? You want to stop me? Stop me! You want to kill me? Kill me! “

The protests began on September 16, the day of the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who had been arrested three days earlier in the capital for “wearing inappropriate clothes”. Her death triggered a wave of protest in the country: in demonstrations as on social media, women parade bareheaded, cut their hair or burn their veils.

A movement violently repressed by the authorities: according to the NGO Iran Human Rights (IHR), cited by the AFP, at least 92 protesters were killed in the crackdown, which was accompanied by restrictions on access to the internet, notably Instagram blocks and Whatsapp . This does not prevent the revolt from continuing to boom, as Golshifteh Farahani points out: “Their ideal can be summed up in one word: freedom. Behind there is no theory, no ideology, no historical or philosophical concept”, she analyzes. “These Generation Z young people did what we never dared to do.”

Generation “burned”.

Born in 1983, three years after the Islamic revolution in Iran, she believes her own generation has been “completely exhausted”:

“Our early childhood (…) took place under the bombs and the din of the sirens. We saw fear in our parents’ eyes, we saw the destroyed houses on our street in Tehran (…) This Generation Z does not they did not know revolution or war, they were born in stasis, stuck in a country that is a dictatorship, but they have Instagram, TikTok, they know what’s going on in the world, she is irreverent, without complexes or shyness. impression that he is not afraid of anything. “

Golshifteh Farahani arrived in France at the age of 26 after a prolific start to her career in Iran. She explains that she escaped from the pressure of the Islamic regime, which looked unfavorably on her international trajectory. she has since toured for Jim Jarmusch, Christophe Honoré and Alain Chabat. She soon she will appearA romantic comedyby Thibault Segouin.

Original article published on BFMTV.com

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