Jahangir Golestan-Parast discusses his new movie Bam 6.6 about the massive earthquake in Iran 2003, and the unfortunate reality that it takes a catastrophe to bring humans together as they should always be, and the need for people to experience other cultures to fully appreciate each other.
MP3 here. (18:55)
Jahangir Golestan-Parast. producer/director of “Bam 6.6”, was born in Isfahan, Iran. An international financier and a student of film making at UCLA, Jahangir’s first documentary “Isfahan, A City Known as Half the World” was based on the city of his birth and released in 1997. Expanding that effort into a series known as “The Essence of Iran Series,“ Iran, A Video Journey” was released in 2000 and captures the life of a typical modern-day Iranian. Both films have achieved critical acclaim and accolades.
As Jahangir was preparing to produce a third video in the Essence of Iran series, the Bam earthquake struck. As he experienced the worldwide outpouring of assistance, Jahangir realized that there was a story to be told. A story, not of devastation, but of hope. A story that could help ease ethnic tensions based on misunderstandings and unfounded beliefs. A story that would transcend geo-political differences.