Monday, February 26, 2007

Once Upon a Time in Iran

An interesting documentary aired on the 28th anniversary of the Iranian revolution on how the tragedy of Karbala and Hussaini philosophy influences Iranians today.

I liked the irony, something which I've always noticed and thought was portrayed quite well in the video. The young beardless dude with the pretty wife with peroxide highlights and the mother with a fag hanging off her lips doesnt exactly epitomise religious adherance, however the passion and devotion to Imam Hussain seems to transcends this. The scene in the service station where they talk and joke of martyrdom like people relishing the thought of bungi jumping in cape town or something is ironic knowing the very real calamaties that could be awaiting them in Iraq, and the twist being that they are all going voluntarily. Some watching this might think it is orientalist romantisization, but i'd like to reassure that it is very real. My grandparents late last year waited on the Iraqi-Jordanian border for four days as border control refused to let them enter because of the dangerous security situation. I was quite shocked at what I thought was my grandparents complete oblivion to a raging bloody war that was killing thousands, but it just turned out that they didn't care. They literally went there with the worst case scenario in mind, that if we die it might as well be here and it might as well be for Imam Hussain. In fact I can't help but tease them about how disappointing it is that after a month long stay they came back alive.

Posted by BB @ 2/26/2007 03:05:00 PM

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I don't like that mentality. It's very common here in the UAE. People throwing their lives in jeopardy thinking that if they die, they would have died for a good cause.

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Posted by Blogger UaE ReBeL @ 3/04/2007 03:31:00 PM #

wayesh?? yalla .. ma fee post min zaman laysh?

Posted by Blogger SillyBahrainiGirl @ 3/16/2007 07:45:00 PM #

Get your act together will you? A few posts and you'll be rolling again..

Posted by Blogger Evil Odd @ 3/17/2007 05:54:00 AM #

Hello there,

I am planning a trip to Bahrain from the USA coming May 2007. Want to connect with others. Are there any kind people that want to write me as I have no idea where to go. I want to stay a month and would like to live close to others and share and experience life. I am single in my late 40s and female and want to be with people experiencing life. Is it possible to rent an apartment for little money and be able to get around and be a part of life? I am an artist. I would love to hear from someone who can relate to what i might be going thru. Just a kind soul that wants to travel the earth and meet others living life and experiencing the moment.

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