Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Bahá’í Community Backs Higher Education in Iran
"To Light A Candle" free film screening Feb 27
Released by April Neave, Chilliwack Community Services
ore than 85 Canadian communities will screen Maziar Bahari’s film “To Light a Candle” as part of a global campaign condemning the denial of the right of Bahá’ís to higher education in Iran.
The campaign, titled “Education Is Not a Crime”, begins with a global day of action on February 27th. The campaign and the film document the peaceful response of the Bahá’ís of Iran to 35 years of unrelenting persecution, highlighting the story of informal arrangements by which Bahá’ís organized university classes in order to overcome the violation of their education rights by the Iranian regime.
His statement on his website notes, “… banning the Bahá’í s or any group from higher education is hurting Iran and the Iranian people.” Other Nobel Laureates speaking out include Ms. Mairead Maguire, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, Ms. Tawakkol Karman and Ms. Jody Williams.
Chilliwack has an active community of approximately 70 Bahá’ís. Almost half have family connections in Iran and some of those have been persecuted or imprisoned due to their teaching efforts.
What: Screening of “To Light a Candle”
Who: Marcella LaFever, Associate Professor in the Communications Department at the University of the Fraser Valley, will facilitate discussion following the film.
When: 7:00 p.m. Friday February 28th, 2015
Where: Sardis Secondary School theatre, 45460 Stevenson Rd, Chilliwack
Cost: Entrance is no charge. Everyone is welcome to attend.
About the Film by Maziar Bahari
Through personal stories and dramatic archive footage, To Light a Candle gives a powerful account of the Baha’i people in Iran, a religious minority that builds solidarity, resilience and pride among its people through its passion for education. With the establishment of the informal Baha’i Higher Institute of Education (BIHE) in 1987, the Baha’i faith – which has its roots in Iran – has championed equality and non-violence and garnered support from educationalists around the world to further its aim. Forbidden from attending or teaching at universities in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, the students and teachers face enormous obstacles: classes are held at people’s houses in secret, with the threat of arrest part of everyday life.
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