Golshifteh Farahani: Banished From Iran
Golshifteh Farahani, the actress who has starred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe has been banished from her home country of Iran – because she posed nude in a French news magazine, has said she did so as a “symbolic gesture” to help remove taboos.
A photograph of Miss Farahani standing naked in a studio was published in the latest edition of Madame Le Figaro magazine. The publication has attracted a wave of visitors to her Facebook page from Iran and the Middle East.
Golshifteh Farahani says she has been contacted by the Iranian government, telling her that she is no longer welcome in the country and advising her not to return home.
The offending photo – a black-and-white ‘art shot’ featuring the 28-year-old Farahani posing against a black backdrop with her hands strategically placed over her breasts – was first published in Madame Le Figaro.
Iran’s anger at the image is not just because of Farahani’s nudity – she has also made it known that her decision to pose is in protest against restrictive Islamic codes.
Farahani’s role as a nurse in Ridley Scott‘s Body Of Lies (2008) – which also starred Hollywood big-hitters DiCaprion and Crowe – made her the first Iranian to act in a major Hollywood film.
As a result she was banned from leaving Iran, and – now that she has left eh country and is living in Paris – she appears to be banned from returning.
Farahani is now blamed for breaking the morality rules of Islam and the Iranian Young Journalists Club posted the censored version of the disturbing photograph with Faharani’s body entirely blurred.
Warning: The footage below might contain graphic images.
Video: Golshifteh Farahani in controversial French movie “Bodies and Souls”
Golshifteh Farahani was born on 10 July 1983 in Tehran, the daughter of actor/theater director Behzad Farahani and Fahime Rahiminia and sister of actress Shaghayegh Farahani. She started studying music and playing the piano at age of five. At 12, she entered a music school in Tehran. At 14, Golshifteh was cast as the lead in Dariush Mehrjui’s The Pear Tree for which she won the Crystal Roc for Best Actress from the International Section of the 16th Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran.
In January 2012, Golshifteh was banned from returning to her homeland after posing nude for a French magazine as a protest against strictures against women in Iranian society. Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported that government officials told Farahani, 28, that “Iran does not need any actors or artists. You may offer your artistic services somewhere else.”
The picture on her Facebook page garnered over 14,000 likes and 1,500 shares, initiating a debate on the role of women in Iranian society.
She also appeared topless in a short black-and-white film by Jean-Baptiste Mondino, called Corps et Âmes, or Bodies and Souls.
However, Farahani is one of four Muslim actresses who have posed nude.
According to International Business Times’ article, Pakistani actress Veena Malik grabbed new attention late in 2011 after posing nude for “FHM India” or at least posing topless.
The actress claimed that she was “morphed” or photoshopped on the cover to look nude. However, Veena certainly grabbed the spotlight with the controversy, which also included her father disowning her and her being criticized by officials in her country. In America, there’s rarely claims that a nude cover was photoshopped, but rather that cell phone pictures were “leaked.”
Previously, it was Sila Sahin and Nadia Boussetta. Sahin is a 25-year-old Turkish-German actress. While a resident of Berlin, she posed naked for the cover of the German “Playboy” magazine shocking conservative Muslim fans. She claimed she did this to demand the liberty that she deserved.
Meanwhile, Nadia Boussetta, posed in a rather racy photo shoot to promote her movie “Tunisian Tales.” On the cover of “Tunivision” mag, she wore just a waistcoat and pair of jeans. It gave fans a view of her cleavage along with her hair uncovered. That was plenty to raise eyebrows and had critics saying she was “using (her) body as a cheap commodity.”
The Lahore Times
Iranian women pose topless to protest their role as second-class citizens
A group of Iranian women living abroad have stripped off for a new video message in a protest against sexual oppression in their native country in which they defend women’s rights – while posing topless.
The women speak straight to the camera, explaining their reasons for posing nude: “My nudity is a ‘no’ to stoning to death,” “For those who want to but can’t…”, and even: “Why not?”
Their slogans include ‘I believe in the equality of women and men’ and ‘my thoughts, my body, my choice’.
The video which depicts the participating women in the nude was released in tandem with International Women’s day on March 8th in the hopes of boosting sales of their project, ‘The Nude Revoluntionary Calendar.’
“The Islamic laws Iranian women are subjected to are what’s pornographic, since they define women as sexual objects”
Elia Tabesh, 30, posed in the video. She is an Iranian political refugee living in Stockholm, where she is studying Swedish.
The Lahore Times