“TO LIGHT A CANDLE”, A DOCUMENTARY FILM BY MAZIAR BAHARI
27th February at 7:00pm
Lecture Room, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, CB2 8PE
Film duration: 55 minutes
Iran stops Bahá’ís from teaching and studying at university. But they do teach. And they do study.
“To Light a Candle” chronicles the lives of Bahá’ís in Iran, who have triumphed against unbelievable hardships and persecution. The Bahá’ís are a religious minority that are systematically imprisoned, tortured and killed by the Iranian government.
The Islamic regime bans the Bahá’ís to study or teach in Iranian universities. Since 1987 the Bahá’ís started the Bahá’í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE), an underground university with hundreds of students in Iran, and dozens of teachers in Iran and around the world. Through powerful interviews, exclusive secret footage shot by citizen journalists, rare archival material and letters written by a Bahá’í prisoner currently in jail in Iran, “To Light a Candle” shows how a small minority has defied the brutal systematic religious persecution through non-violent resistance and educating their youth.