Western Filmmaker Peter Lom Tackles Iranian President's Peculiar Brand Of Populism
RFE/RL via payvand / Golnaz Esfandiari
03-Mar-2009 (one comment)

"Letters To The President" is a documentary about Iran's controversial President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. Czech-Canadian filmmaker Peter Lom was allowed to film Ahmadinejad on his travels in the Iranian provinces, where he would meet with crowds of people, many of whom had sent him letters about their daily needs. The 72-minute film was recently screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale. In an interview with RFE/RL's Golnaz Esfandiari, Lom, the only Western journalist taken on Ahmadinejad's provincial trips, said his access to the president was limited -- but was enough to gain an inside look at his peculiar brand of populism.

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"And there was an article,

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"And there was an article, my translator sent it to me; I don't remember the Iranian newspaper. But they said that [Ahmadinejad] had watched the DVD but that he didn't like it because it shows Iran to be a poor country."

He wants to show the world that Iran is rich by acting poor himself! By sitting down on the floor and eating feta cheese and bread and slapping together a cheap wedding for his son!