Startseite - Sean Penn im Iran (2005)



Im Juni 2005 bereiste Sean Penn zusammen mit Norman Solomon, mit dem er schon seine erste Irak-Reise unternommen hatte, und dem befreundeten Journalisten Reese Erlich im Auftrag des San Francisco Chronicle den Iran, um über die dort anstehenden Wahlen zu berichten.
Die daraus entstandene Artikelserie ist Sean Penn`s eigene Berichterstattung über das Land Iran, mit Eindrücken der Kultur dieses Landes und seinem Dialog mit Politikern, Studenten und Demonstranten. Sean Penn berichtet im Chronicle in einer fünfteiligen Serie über seine Reiseerlebnisse.


1. Teil - 22.08.2005: Tag Eins - A culture in deep conflict

Ankunft in Teheran – Erste Eindrücke – Teilnahme an den Freitagsgebeten im Stadion der Teheraner Universität

The agent whose large hands had rolled my black-inked fingers and palms over several printing forms barked at me to follow him with a wave of his hand. He led me to a men's room, where he swung open the door and indicated I should go in ahead of him. It was a bit of a ratty hole. Water closets, open. Worn, reflectionless mirrors. Where our standard toilets might sit, these are simply holes in the floor, with dark glimmering puddles beneath, and fluorescent light above. He just stared at me. Neither threateningly, nor warmly. Seconds went by as I stared back. Neither threatened, nor comfortable. "Now what?" I said. 

2. Teil - 23.08.2005: Tag Zwei - A meeting with Rafsanjani`s son

Treffen mit dem Sohn des ehemaligen Präsidenten, Mehdi Rafsanjani – Eindrücke vom Großen Bazar von Teheran

At the same time, I found myself approached with hundreds of opportunities for interviews with all those on the journalists’ circuit of interviewees. I was offered interviews over here, interviews over there. I was even contacted for a potential interview with former president and candidate Rafsanjani himself. But I was a little uninterested in most of it. (…) You begin to lose your clarity, focusing entirely on the power establishment and losing the important story of any land: its people.


3. Teil - 24.08.2005:
Tag Drei - A meeting with the grandson of Ayatollah Khomeini

Geheimes Treffen mit Hassan Khomeini, dem Enkel des Ayatollah – Dinnerparty (ohne Alkohol) mit der Creme de la Creme der iranischen Filmwelt - Fototermin mit Ex-Präsident Rafsanjani

He (Hassan Khomeini ) had been told that I had gone to the Friday prayers, so he began the interview by asking my feelings about that. I told him that while the sea of belief in Islam had been impressive, that the use of seductive rage in the chants of "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" are taken quite literally by mothers and fathers in the United States. I said that it seemed to me a highly destructive and inaccurate representation of the country I had come to learn about. Hassan listened with kind interest. His eyes didn't leave me as the translator made clear my statement. He uttered a very brief sentence in Farsi. He said, "Then we should change it."



4. Teil - 25.08.2005:
Tag Vier - Witness of a demonstration in support of women`s rights

Sean Penn als Teilnehmer einer Studentendemonstration für das Recht der Frauen an der Teheraner Universität

There was screaming and panic. And our bodies were four-walling each other -- you could barely move. It certainly seemed as if some could have been trampled, though as far as I know, that did not occur. But the following describes the irony of oppression: There was a woman among the panicking crowd. She reached her hand toward mine and I took it. Between us, we'd support each other out of this chaos. All of this couldn't have lasted more than 40 seconds, but at the end of it, the force of the police had only forced an illegal touch between a man and a woman. We parted instantly as the police stepped back from the line they had been assaulting.


5. Teil - 26.08.2005: Tag Fünf - Trouble before returning to the United States

Bombenexplosion am Imam Hussein Square in Teheran – Treffen mit Elaheh Kuyai, Sprecherin von Dr. Mostafa Moin, dem Präsidentschaftskandidat der Studenten – Auszeichnung des Iranischen Filmmuseums - Heimreise

The Film Museum of Iran had asked for the opportunity to honor me. I accepted for two reasons: First, I have deep respect for the creative talent in the motion picture business in Iran, and many of them were being pulled away from other engagements or had offered to join in this event. Additionally, it was a way to appease what had been a fairly aggressive and annoying media that I was very interested in boring into the submission of not following me to the airport. So I went. On the drive there, as we were passing under the trees of Mellat Park, there was an announcement on the radio that some arrests had been made in the previous day's bombings. But no details. Later, at the museum, I was given a tour and a trophy. 



Über den `San Francisco Chronicle`

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