Terrorists Stormed In The Iranian Mall For Film Promotion
Terrorists Stormed In The Iranian Mall For Film Promotion: Screams were heard and there are reports people were running out of the building when a group of men dressed like a terrorists stormed a shopping Centre in Iran’s capital Tehran with fake guns, bullets and swords, with one even riding a horse, causing panic and fear among the visitors.
As per footage posted on social media showed the men wearing the clothes radical terrorists would normally wear, and shouting slogans. These men were actually actors, who appeared on behalf of Iranian filmmaker Ebrahim Hatamikia, to promote his upcoming feature Damascus Time.
The footage showed some bystanders clearly knew it was a stitch-up, smiling at the actors while filming on their phones. But the stunt has been largely criticized on social media, with many saying it was in poor taste considering the threat posed by Islamic State.
Two terror attacks were carried out in Tehran only a year ago, targeting the Iranian Parliament building and the Mausoleum of Ruhollah Khomeini. The incidents left 17 civilians dead and 43 wounded.
Hatamikia, film director, later apologized to the public and said he had no intention of creating fear among the people present in the mall with this stunt. He thought a person with a red beard (like ISIS militants) is going to stand outside the mall and let the fans take selfies with him. He was unaware that there would be horses, screams, and crowds inside the mall.
Tehran police chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi told Iranian news organisation INSA that authorities were not aware of this stunt in Koroush mall and what happened in the mall was against the law and had not been coordinated with the police.
The film’s producers Owj Arts and Media Organisation downplayed the incident, posting images of smiling shoppers taking photos with the actors in the shopping center.
About Damascus Time
Ebrahim Hatamikia’s thriller “Damascus Time” was screened at the Cannes Film Market. It was the film’s international premiere at one of the largest film markets in the world at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival, May 8-19, Cinema ticket reported.
The movie is about the so-called Islamic State terror group in Syria, where two Iranian pilots flying humanitarian aid from Iran to war-ravaged Syria are taken hostage by the Salafist organization (aka Daesh and ISIS) at Damascus Airport. Iranian actors including Babak Hamidiyan and Hadi Hejazifar are in the cast along with Syrian and Lebanese actors.
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