TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION

BY MATTHEW REISZ

A new film will form part of a major campaign to highlight persecution of the Baha’i community in Iran and its continuing struggles to maintain the “underground” Baha’i Institute for Higher Education.

Privately screened in London last week, To Light a Candle is a documentary by Maziar Bahari. Iranian by birth, he returned there to work as a journalist. Despite avoiding “red-line” issues such as the treatment of the country’s several hundred thousand Baha’is, he was arrested in 2009 and jailed for four months. Once he was released and left Iran, he decided to tackle head-on all the topics that had hitherto been taboo.

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