Leader Urges Continuous Artistic Work to Remember Sacred Defense

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei called for the employment of different branches of art, including cinematic projects, to introduce the great job the Iranian people did during eight years of Iraqi imposed war against Iran in the 1980s.

Leader Urges Continuous Artistic Work to Remember Sacred Defense

Ayatollah Khamenei had a meeting with the cast and crew of the Iranian movie “Track 143” on June 16, 2014.

The newly released details of the meeting reveals the Supreme Leader’s great emphasis on the need for more works of art to explain the “magnificent phenomenon” of the Sacred Defense, a term used to refer to the Iraqi imposed war on Iran.

Track 143 tells the story an Iranian mother who waits for years to once again meet her son, a soldier that goes missing in action during the war and his body is found after 15 years.

During the June meeting, Ayatollah Khamenei praised the film’s director and actors for their good performance in illustrating the “values” of the Sacred Defense.

The Leader, however, stressed that Iran’s motion picture industry has not sufficiently used the “great capacity” of the war in the movies.

The Supreme Leader made a reference to the foreign cinematic projects that use the world wars as the main theme, saying the US and many other countries still make war movies 100 years after the World War One began in 1914.

“We enjoy such a great glory (the Sacred Defense), the whole world fought with us… the entire military powers somehow stood in the front against the Islamic Republic establishment in the imposed war during eight years, and the Islamic Republic overcame, it emerged victorious … This is a very important event in the history of a nation,” Imam Khamenei explained.

On September 22, 1980, Iraq, under control of executed dictator Saddam Hussein, invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country until 1988.

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