Sunday, September 16, 2007

Zero Degree Turn

A miniseries produced and shown in Iranian TV portrays with sympathy the plight of Jews in World War II Holocaust. Zero Degree Turn, as the miniseries is called, tells the story of an Iranian diplomat stationed in Paris in the 1940’s who gave out about 500 Iranian passports to Jews to escape occupied France on their way to Palestine.

The show is based on a true story of diplomats in Iranian Embassy in Paris during the war who helped Jews escape the Fascists and the Holocaust.

The Holocaust is rarely mentioned in state media in Iran and school textbooks don't discuss it. The Iranian president has questioned whether the Holocaust even took place. But the miniseries could probably not be shown on state television without the expressed approval of the office of the supreme leader.

The miniseries also portrays women in 1940s Paris without Islamic Hijab, breaking another taboo in the shows produced in Iran. The series began in April and is shown on Monday nights.

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