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The Long way to Justice: A spark of hope after 4 decades of theocracy

After nearby 40 years of strikt international sanctions against Iran, leaving the popolation of the theocracy in poverty Iranians celebrated the historic accord on Tuesday to limit Tehran’s nuclear ability for more than a decade in return for lifting international oil and financial sanctions. The agreement was reached after 20 month of exhausting negotions on Thuesday.


Iranians celebrate in the streets of Tehran after nuclear talks.


Austria - After the announcement of an agreement on Thuesday people all over Iran startet with celebration after iftar, the evening meal to break the day’s Ramadan fast, and lasted almost until sunrise, when many have another meal to prepare for the next day’s abstinence. The Iranian police demonstrated an unusual degree of tolerance allowing people to gathered outside, drivers honking car horns and people pushing the boundaries to dance and sing in public, in a country where such behaviour is normally banned.




The Iranien cief negotiator Zarif was not only celebrated by the population, but also by the Iranian media. One national wide newspaper, Ebtekar, put his picture on the front page next to the national liberal hero Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran's first democratically elected prime minister who was overthrown by a British and CIA-engineered coup in 1953.

It took 20 months of negotiations to reach this agreement which US-president Barack Obama described as the biggest diplomatic achievement of his presidency. It will have to be ratified by the U.N. Security Council as well as parts of the deal need to be approved by the American Congress which may prove almost as difficult as reaching the agreement with Iran. Nevertheless, Obama made clear he would fight to preserve the deal from critics in Congress who are beginning a 60-day review, declaring he would veto any legislation that prevents the successful implementation of this deal. "Every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off," he said, adding that the deal "offers an opportunity to move in a new direction. We should seize it."

The reached agreement led the Iranian people and the international community to the conclusion that the country will open up and that the strict policies of former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be lifted in the same way as the sanctions. However, under Ahmadinejad's moderate successor Hassan Rouhani censorship is still harsh. The critical filmmaker and this year's Golden Bear winner at the International Berlin Film Festival Jafar Panahi was sentenced to six years in jail and a ban on directing any movies, writing screenplays, giving any form of interview and from leaving the country.

Despite his ban on directing any movies the Iranien Filmmaker produced two films in the last 4 years. In his film "This is not a film" he portrays the deprivations looming in contemporary Iranian cinema.

The movie 'Persepolis' tells the coming-of-age-story of an outspoken young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution and therefore provides en passant en fascinating insight in the country's troubled history. 'Persepolis' was honored with the Cinema for Peace Award for The Most Valuable Movie of the Year 2008.

In his movie 'Argo' Cinema for Peace Honorary Award-winner Ben Afleck tells the true story of a CIA agent who launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980 which marked the beginning of U.S. legal action resulting in economic sanctions against Iran further weakening ties between Iran and the United States.


Trailer of 'Persepolis'