Monday, July 6, 2009

Calls for change haven't halted in Iran

Posted By on Mon, Jul 6, 2009 at 2:40 PM

The Twitter stream might be a little quiet, but some Iranian religious and political leaders continue to push for change -- despite the potential for violence.

Iran continues to emit wisps of turmoil at the highest levels. First, there's the unprecedented statement by the Association of Researchers and Teachers of Qom--the religious center of Iraq--in support of the reform movement. This was the group that was at the heart of the movement led by Ayatullah Ruhollah Khomenei that brought about the Islamic revolution of 1979. It could be an indicator of the more significant turmoil that may be taking place inside the Assembly of Experts, which elects and has the power to eject the Supreme Leader.

More from Time Magazine's "Swampland" blog.

While we wait to see what will happen, check out two of HBO's recent documentaries: "The Queen and I" and "Letters to the President."

"The Queen and I" shares a view into the world of Iran's exiled Queen Farah, wife of the late Shah of Iran, through the lens of a documentary filmmaker who participated in Iran's 1979 revolution.

"Letters to the President" offers insight into why the uneducated, rural poor in Iran support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. (Hint: Money and favors.)

It is too late to catch "Letters" on HBO On Demand, but you can watch clips and purchase a copy here.

Here's the trailer for "The Queen and I."

Watch Ahmadinejad talk smack about the U.S. while promising his citizens water.

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