You have probably seen Golshifteh Farahani on TV or at the movies when she performed with Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie “body of Lies” in 2008. She became famous and the first successful Iranian actress in a Hollywood film. Following her apparition in « Body of Lies », she decided or she rather had to move to France after receiving serious threats in Iran. In spite of her “exile”, Iranians continue to follow her carreer and recently they have been shocked by a photo representing her, hiding her breast. A photo shoot and in particular a video made Iranian people mad at her and thought she gave away her honor and her modesty. The photo shoot features Farahani topless, with her hands hiding her breasts.
Some people in Iran think that her very ‘irresponsible’ act will not allow her to return to Iran now. Some people even said: “I’m ashamed to call you an Iranian.” Others said, “We are really proud of you.” (Nude Iranian movie star ignites firestorm (CNN)).
The Iranian Mullahs did definitely not appreciate that photo taken by Jean-Baptiste Mondino and published in Madame Le Figaro on January 13th. Besides, Iran’s Ministery of Culture and Islamic Guidance would have told Golshifteh Farahani to go and work away, out of Iran, that “she is no longer welcome in her home country” and that “she could offer her artistic services somewhere else” (Iranian actress banned from returning to her home country after posing nude in French magazine).
Over the last few weeks, many groups have been created on social media networks to support her and her fights against dictatorship in Iran and women’s rights in her home country.
Do you think Golshifteh Farahani decided to pose nude to get the attention of the Islamic Republic of Iran despite the consequences? Was it a way to claim her resitance against Islamic oppression in Iran? The Iranian community around the world is clearly divided, either they are really proud to see how brave Golshifteh is or they are ashamed of her and her being Iranian. However, the international community seems to believe in the advance of Iranian liberties and have faith for a certain Hope for Iranian society. Like Aliaa Elmahdy, Golshifteh Farahani might have used her body through this photo to express a clear message to governments and to all people in the world who do not respect gender equality, democracy and freedom.
I say ‘bravo’ to Farahani to fight for her rights, women’s rights in the world and people’s rights in Iran. If more and more brave people struggle for Human rights and respect of political and religious opinions, democracy might come out soon… step by step.