Exactly two weeks after the Trump administration said it was “officially putting Iran on notice” comes the news that an Iranian filmmaker has made a cg-animated feature about Iranian forces defeating the American military. The film, Battle of The Persian Gulf, is scheduled to open in Iranian cinemas later this month.
Director Farhad Azima, 35, told the news organization Reuters that the timing of his film is coincidental and that the crew at Fatima Zahra Animation Studios has been working on the project for four years. Still, he recognized the good fortune of wrapping the film just as the United States has escalated its saber-rattling toward Iran. “I hope that the film shows Trump how American soldiers will face a humiliating defeat if they attack Iran,” Azima said. “They all sink and the film ends as the American ships have turned into an aquarium for fishes at the bottom of the sea.”
The film, according to Azima, wasn’t intended as a response to the “warmongering” Trump, but rather to the consistent stream of American entertainment that portrays Iranian people in a negative light. Its story begins when the U.S. Army and Navy attack an Iranian nuclear reactor and other strategic locations, and then continues by showing Iran’s dominant response. “Hollywood has created many films against Iran,” he said. “There are many computer games in which U.S. soldiers conquer our country. We made this film as an answer to that propaganda.”