Film: Education Under Fire
2014 Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week
Saturday, March 29
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Baer-Fuller Lecture Hall
Sponsored by: Interfaith Alliance, Atlas Planning Committee
The event will be a showing of Education Under Fire, a short documentary that focuses on the situation of thousands of young people who are followers of the Baha'i Faith in Iran that are denied formal university education due to their religious or ideological beliefs. In the face of systemic oppression of this fundamental right to belief, education and human dignity, the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was founded in 1987 as a response to the Iranian government's continuing campaign to deny Iranian Bahá'ís access to higher education. It's an organic and peaceful resistance to the regime's oppression. The format of the event will be a short introduction about the film (raise awareness about BIHE and how institutions can respond to the situation), followed by the showing of the film and a Q&A session with Iranian Baha'is in the St. Louis community. The documentary tells the compelling narratives of BIHE (Baha'i Institute for Higher Education) students.