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Iranian filmmakers get bad reviews at home over nuclear deal statement
Iranian filmmakers get bad reviews at home over nuclear deal statement

As part of a broader charm offensive toward the outside world, Iran’s government last month enlisted six of the country’s top filmmakers to help persuade the West to give Iran more lenient terms in negotiations over its nuclear program. The public relations campaign made a big splash abroad. At home, critics savaged it. Since the reformist government of President Hassan Rouhani took office 14 months ago, it has sought to present a more appealing face to the West. Iranian officials hoped they could use the filmmakers’ star power for a people-to-people appeal as a Nov. 24 deadline looms for Iran and six world powers to reach a nuclear deal. On an English-language...

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