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An Iranian Filmmaker Made A CGI Feature About Destroying The U.S. Military

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.”

Here is a clip from the film:

Azima explained to Reuters that the feature was self-funded and did not have any input from the Iranian government, though the lead character in the film is modeled on the current military general Qasem Soleimani, who leads the Revolutionary Guards, the branch of the Iranian military that is featured in the film. “Our animators are not working for money, but for their beliefs and their love of the country,” the director said. “Thank God, everyone is surprised that we’ve managed to create such high-quality production under this poor condition.”

It should be pointed out that the film’s game-like graphics are not representative of the quality of work being produced by other contemporary Iranian animation studios. At least two other animated features are being released this year in Iran: Release from Heaven and The Last Fiction, both of which have much higher production values.

Further, these other features, along with the vast majority of tv and web animation we see coming out of Iran, do not contain the kind of incendiary rhetoric seen in Battle of The Persian Gulf. In these ways and others, Battle can be seen as an outlier in Iran’s animation scene, though a fascinating one at the intersection of politics and animation art.

  • Max

    Pretty weird!

  • Steven Bowser

    I guess we DO have a lot of movies featuring Middle Eastern people as baddies, so I guess one film about American baddies isn’t unwarranted.

  • CountvonCount

    I don’t know whether I should be impressed or scared.

  • Pedro Nakama

    Sounds like great fantasy movie.

  • Teddy K.

    WAIT WAIT WAIT

    I thought Iran was now our friend? We blow off international pressure to dissuade them from building nukes, ship ’em a few billion in cash, and hey, we’re instant buds, right? The most impressive foreign policy accomplishment of the previous administration, right?

    Uh, right…?

    *coughcough*

    • Hankenshift

      Actually, the money was LONG OWED to Iran–beginning with ronnyboy reagun’s treasonous and illegal selling of arms to terrorists to fund an illegal terrorist war in Central America as ransom for American consulate employees in Iran. President Obama just returned their money that had been frozen in U.S. banks.

      Iran is a beautiful country, with incredible sites–not to mention super nice, very well educated people. It’s a shame their government has been shaky. But Americans don’t have much to brag about now, either, do they?

      • Edwin Rodriguez

        You forgot to drop your Mic Hankenshift.

      • Thalesourus

        I’ve worked with a lot of excellent Iranian folks who came here after
        the Islamic revolution as refugees. Los Angeles is home to quite a
        number of such folks. They were less than amused by a former President’s pandering to a despotic undemocratic theocracy who didn’t raise a finger to help the green revolution there.

  • Too Many Cooks

    Props to Amid for writing “Trump administration” instead of “Trump regime.”

    • AmidAmidi

      We’ve never written “Trump regime” in a story on the site.

      • Too Many Cooks

        I was trying to make a joke, but I guess it didn’t scan.

  • Edwin Rodriguez

    Being married to an person of Iranian descent, I cannot count how many times she has gotten upset because she hears people in games like Call of Duty, and Battlefield, always speaking some kind of middle eastern language. It’s really offensive to literally be killing people of that specific country in a video game. I’m not saying this animation is okay, but there is a lot of movies and games that take place in the middle east making those countries out to looks really really bad.

    • Greg Sharp

      I had a funny dinner party once when the American citizen sitting at the table suddenly realised that their country had bombed the countries of ALL of the other guests over the years. All laughs though, we had a great night and the food was delicious.

      • Edwin Rodriguez

        That is funny, but sad at the same time. I wish all the world’s problems could just be solved over food. Then everyone would be in a good mindset for negotiations lol

    • Slim Cognito

      Those countries’ governments are oppressive and bad. Not all the citizens are.

      • Netko

        How about the US attack Saudi Arabian government then, one of the most oppressive regimes in the world, instead of selling them copious amounts of cluster bombs to use on civilians?

  • Slim Cognito

    I don’t know if you should be promoting that

    • David

      Amid is not promoting it. Besides, by your rationale we shouldn’t promote Robocop remake, which features the US occupying Iran in a very idiotic scene.

  • Landon Kemp

    The guy that made this must be highly delusional. It is ridiculous that every Middle-Easterner is portrayed as a bad guy nowadays, but seriously, this is like an Internet troll trying to rub someone the wrong way.

    • Socius

      Actually, war game simulations done right here by US generals have resulted in the total destruction of the US naval fleet within 7 minutes of engaging in military conflict with Iran. There’s a reason both sides talk tough but never escalate. Both have too much to lose, with little to benefit from destroying the other one.

  • DJ CrowPickle

    Sweet, destroyed my eardrums that’s for sure. Do they have volume control in Iran?

  • Strong Enough

    i mean American films have blown up every part of the world like its a playground. makes sense iranians would do the same.

  • Deep Throat

    He’s lying about the budget. The money for this film was “donated” to them by a branch of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance as “helping young filmmakers” so even though it wasn’t directly marked to produce the film, everyone knew why it was donated.

    Also, I truly hope that people who see this kind of propaganda understand that the majority of people in Iran are anti-war, anti-dictatorship and don’t mean any ill toward US or other countries.