The meeting was held alongside a conference titled The Hoax of Hollywood organized by the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
“The conference was held to unify all cultural communities in Iran against the attacks of the west, particularly Hollywood,” said the conference secretary general Mohammad Lesani.
The Hoax of Hollywood conference was programmed to review Hollywood’s plans for the production of anti-Iran movies which promote Iranophobia.
“I will defend Iran against the films like Argo, which are produced in Hollywood to distort the country’s image. I will stand by the Iranian people to inform the world about the dissemination of propaganda against Iran,” said Coutant-Peyre in the conference while making the remarks on the issue.
Many critics believe that Argo is an attempt to describe Iranians as overemotional, irrational, insane, and diabolical while at the same, the CIA agents are represented as heroically patriotic.
Made on a budget of about USD 44 million by the Warner Bros, Ben Affleck’s Argo is replete with historical inaccuracies and distortions in cinematic representation of the 1979 US embassy incident in Iran.
The Iranophobic film Argo as “an arrant instance of Hollywoodism” is a far cry from a balanced narration in which everything is narrated one-sidedly.
This was not the first time Hollywood has pushed a distorted picture of Iran and Iranian culture.
Brian Gilbert’s 1991 family drama Not Without My Daughter chronicles the story of an American woman who is married to an Iranian doctor.
Poking at the Iranian customs and traditions, the movie depicts the couple who live happily in America but once they travel to Iran, the man suddenly changes from a well-bred and highly educated man to a rustic boar who decides to force his wife to stay in Iran.
In 2007, the American movie 300, as Greeks-versus-Persians action flick, also insulted ancient Iranian culture and distorted true Image of Persian civilization.