Actress Golshifteh Farahani on the Iranian Protests

For weeks, Iran has been rattled by a major protest movement, which was triggered by a 50% increase in fuel prices. Brut met with actress Golshifteh Farahani at the Festival International du Film de Marrakech to discuss the uprising in her home country.

Condemning a "massacre" in her homeland

Since 15 November, Iran has been experiencing a major protest movement triggered by the announcement of a 50% increase in fuel prices. Something’s brewing on the streets in both Iran and Iraq. Widespread protests against poor living conditions, corruption and inequality — in short, the system — have authorities of both countries worried enough that together they have killed more than 400 demonstrators since the protests on gas prices started.

The actress Golshifteh Farahani had to flee Iran in 2008 but remains very close to her country. The actor was well on her way to global fame as a Hollywood star. She has appeared in 35 films, many of which have received international recognition. But her work has forced her into exile from her home country of Iran, where she believes she will never live again. Golshifteh Farahani looks like a model and speaks like a civil rights activist with nothing to lose -- eloquent and passionate in her nearly perfect English. But for Farahani, freedom means no longer having to constantly consider how the things she does might be judged by the morality police in her homeland of Iran.

Exiled Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani has condemned what she called a "massacre" in her homeland, which has been rocked by a wave of deadly protests. Farahani, Iran's first actress to star in a Hollywood film since the 1979 revolution, told AFP in an interview that the Iranian people were "suffering economically, politically and democratically." Farahani -- daughter of the acclaimed director Behzad Farahani -- upset the Iranian authorities when she appeared in Ridley Scott's spy thriller "Body of Lies" in 2008 alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. According to Amnesty International, at least 208 people would have been killed in the repression of demonstrations since November 15th.


12/07/2019 2:57 PM


  • Harry H.
    12/30/2019 05:06

    Cowards rather run and flee their roots then stand up for righteousness! ?!

  • Tyrel D.
    12/30/2019 02:46

    Sad situation ...take it out on citizens after all the rethrick ...

  • Mary E.
    12/29/2019 03:00

    So sorry for the tragedy that is going on in Iran.

  • William F.
    12/26/2019 21:01

    America is at the root of the protest.

  • Ginger D.
    12/24/2019 05:43

    So I would imagine Liberal Leftist Loonies are trying to figure out some way to blame all of this on President Trump.

  • Declan C.
    12/22/2019 16:54

    Have them handle there own business. Have them over throw there radical Muslim government and they could have it good.and the USA would get blamed for it.oh that's right we always get blamed for everything anyway

  • Amgelia J.
    12/22/2019 01:56

    50 %??! WTH!!

  • Marcy E.
    12/19/2019 17:46

    🤲🤲🤲🤲 for PEACE for A-L-L tribes....wherever WE .... are...

  • Daniel R.
    12/19/2019 00:18

    Persian beauty

  • Marty C.
    12/18/2019 00:39

    Well we just open our spickets and use our own they can eat their oil.

  • Rowdy Y.
    12/17/2019 16:41

    Not my monkey not my circus. We have our own issues do deal with.😎

  • Tony W.
    12/16/2019 22:57

    We're glad you came over here in this country where you safe we're sorry to hear that about your people

  • Tony W.
    12/16/2019 22:55

    That's what the Democrats want to do to us Americans the land of the free

  • Sarah W.
    12/14/2019 03:54

    NASA dishonest media bringing putting that s*** up yeah we're talkin about the dishonest media they don't know the truth if it slapped him upside the head they got evil in their veins

  • Sarah W.
    12/14/2019 03:52

    Yeah that's another Democrat commercial they're getting them to do anything to make our country look bad so I can make him look good you ever realized everything that's using on the president is what they actually did that's a Democrat for you a lying piece of garbage

  • Andro L.
    12/13/2019 04:25

    your cruel government needs money for uranium program.

  • Ajdan I.
    12/11/2019 14:52


  • Chuck M.
    12/11/2019 14:43

    Another actress? Isn't there any real people? Like bakers, gas station attendants, etc...????

  • ArtBlog
    12/11/2019 13:15


  • Talha W.
    12/11/2019 07:44

    She’s literally reading from a script look at her

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