Javad Shamaqdari

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Javad Shamaqdari
جواد شمقدری
Javad Shamaqdari press conf.jpg
Javad Shamaqdari in 2013
Born (1960-01-05) January 5, 1960 (age 57)
Mashhad, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Occupation Film director
Years active 1983–present

Javad Shamaqdari (Persian: جواد شمقدری‎‎; born January 5, 1960) is an Iranian filmmaker and the former deputy culture minister of film under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has attacked the film 300 as psychological warfare and accused American 'cultural authorities' and Hollywood of attacking Iranian culture.[1]

He has since rebuffed American film director Oliver Stone's offer to make a film about President Ahmadinejad, saying Iran would only allow it if an Iranian director was allowed to make a film about George W. Bush. Like 300, Stone's 2004 biopic Alexander was controversial in Iran for its depictions of ancient Persians.

In April 2012, he responded to "What Must Be Said" with a letter to Günter Grass: "I have read your literary work, highly responsible both from a human and historical point of view, and I found it extremely timely. Telling the truth in such a way may truly awaken the west's silent and dormant conscience".[2]

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  1. ^ "Iran condemns Hollywood war epic". BBC. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Iran congratulates Gunter Grass". Agenzia Giornalistica Italia. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2012.