Praised Iranian filmmaker and ex-political prisoner Mohsen Makhmalbaf is calling on the international community not to recognize Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as Iran’s president. Makhmalbaf called for new elections under U.N. supervision and for continued and relentless protests from his fellow Iranians, who should “take to the streets in the day and the rooftops at night, shouting.”


Acclaimed Iranian film-maker Mohsen Makhmalbaf is using his celebrity status to support a campaign by Iran’s opposition to urge the international community not to recognise President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“This wasn’t electoral fraud. This was a coup,” Makhmalbaf told reporters in Rome. “What we ask of foreign governments is to not recognise Ahmadinejad’s government.”

Makhmalbaf, director of films including “Kandahar” and “Boycott”, is one of challenger Mirhossein Mousavi’s most well-known and vocal supporters abroad ever since authorities said Ahmadinejad won the disputed June 12 vote.

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