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7 years ago  ::  Mar 31, 2011 - 4:05PM #1
Reformbahai
Posts: 31
Baha'is in My Backyard - Full Interview. 2.4 hours.
www.fglaysher.com/bahaicensorship/Bahais...

Given the US Federal Court decisions ruling three times against the Haifan
Baha'i denomination in 2008 to 2010, I believe it is the right moment to make
available this full interview for people researching the Bahai Faith.

I was interviewed for the movie Baha'is in My Backyard on October 18, 2004. The
movie was produced by the Israeli company Belfilms. At the time I had not yet
realized that the 1912 Covenant of Abdul-Baha existed, as documented in the
early Bahai magazine the Star of the West and by Ruth White, as well as other
sources, and was the formative document for the Bahai Movement in the West,
during Abdul-Baha's lifetime, both in the United States and Europe.
Consequently, the 1912 Authentic Covenant of Abdul-Baha is the central document
for the renewed and revived Reform Bahai Faith. Accordingly, some of my remarks
in this interview on Shoghi Effendi would be revised today, as would my
acceptance of approximately a million Baha'is in India, which now appears
actually to be closer to merely 11,000 people, mostly Iranian immigrants,
according to the testimony of an Indian who was a former NSA member. Otherwise,
my opinions and concerns would remain the same today, though perhaps my comments
on the maniuplation of Google search results for Baha'i were more applicable in
2004. Google has increasingly become aware of and responsive to how people and
organizations attempt to manipulate its results.

Please note that I was interviewed by Belfilms for two and a half hours but they
chose a highly selective two minutes to use, carefully arranged and presented,
which distort the full context of my comments and portray me in an unfavorable
light, at best, and in a way that is reminiscent of the tactics of the Haifan
Baha'is themselves. They also violated client confidentiality by making our
contract public, including my persoanl signature, without my permission, and in
a way that casts suspicion upon me. Although required by our mutually agreed
upon contract, Belfilms both failed to notify me before the first public
broadcast of the film and to provide me with a requisite DVD copy until I had
heard of the airing several months after the event and reminded them of their
obligations. The short clip of my interview is further framed with a lead-in and
closing that is meant to present me in a ridiculous and paranoid fashion. I
maintain the fullness of the interview allows the viewer a more comprehensive
perspective on both myself and the manner in which the movie was created, as
well as the issues involved.

While people elsewhere on the Internet have speculated that the Unitarian
Baha'is and Baha'u'llah's great-grand-daughter Nigar Bahai Amsalem may have
funded, or been behind the movie, or the Haifan Baha'is in what would be a
highly characteristic counter-disinformation effort, since much of the movie
simultaneously attempts to diffuse suspicions raised in the film, presenting
Haifans as innocuous, the fact remains that in 2011 it is still unresolved from
whom or where Belfilms received funding for the movie and what was the true
motivation for its production. Others have speculated that the Israeli
government was behind the movie in some way. To a perceptive viewer aware of the
actual historical record of Haifan Baha'is when it comes to religious freedom
and speech, the movie clearly constitutes more than a "mockumentary."

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 1 - Full Interview - Streaming wmv. Naama
Pyritz from Belfilms was the interviewer.

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 2 - Full Interview - Two Israeli cameramen
present throughout the full interview.

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 3 - Full Interview

On Youtube - Excerpts of Full Interview of FG by Belfilms
www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=27E91AB...



Bahais in My Backyard - trailer Youtube - Sets up FG and Juan
Cole as the demons in the paranoid fantasies of the uhj.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPSjw1OdRvs

"Documentary, 54 min. A Belfilms Production Directed by Naama Pyritz & Asaf
Shafir. Belfilms is one of the leading production houses in Israel, producing
drama, documentaries, feature films and commercials, for Israeli and foreign
broadcasters, advertising agencies, and international co-productions. Belfilms
features and documentaries have been screened in the cinema and television
throughout the world and at film and television leading festivals."

Much of the finished movie Baha'is in My Backyard is available on Youtube Playlist - though edited.
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bah...


Reform Bahai Faith
www.ReformBahai.org
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7 years ago  ::  Apr 07, 2011 - 8:55PM #2
Reformbahai
Posts: 31

Mar 31, 2011 -- 4:05PM, Reformbahai wrote:

Baha'is in My Backyard - Full Interview. 2.4 hours.
www.fglaysher.com/bahaicensorship/Bahais...

Given the US Federal Court decisions ruling three times against the Haifan
Baha'i denomination in 2008 to 2010, I believe it is the right moment to make
available this full interview for people researching the Bahai Faith.

I was interviewed for the movie Baha'is in My Backyard on October 18, 2004. The
movie was produced by the Israeli company Belfilms. At the time I had not yet
realized that the 1912 Covenant of Abdul-Baha existed, as documented in the
early Bahai magazine the Star of the West and by Ruth White, as well as other
sources, and was the formative document for the Bahai Movement in the West,
during Abdul-Baha's lifetime, both in the United States and Europe.
Consequently, the 1912 Authentic Covenant of Abdul-Baha is the central document
for the renewed and revived Reform Bahai Faith. Accordingly, some of my remarks
in this interview on Shoghi Effendi would be revised today, as would my
acceptance of approximately a million Baha'is in India, which now appears
actually to be closer to merely 11,000 people, mostly Iranian immigrants,
according to the testimony of an Indian who was a former NSA member. Otherwise,
my opinions and concerns would remain the same today, though perhaps my comments
on the maniuplation of Google search results for Baha'i were more applicable in
2004. Google has increasingly become aware of and responsive to how people and
organizations attempt to manipulate its results.

Please note that I was interviewed by Belfilms for two and a half hours but they
chose a highly selective two minutes to use, carefully arranged and presented,
which distort the full context of my comments and portray me in an unfavorable
light, at best, and in a way that is reminiscent of the tactics of the Haifan
Baha'is themselves. They also violated client confidentiality by making our
contract public, including my persoanl signature, without my permission, and in
a way that casts suspicion upon me. Although required by our mutually agreed
upon contract, Belfilms both failed to notify me before the first public
broadcast of the film and to provide me with a requisite DVD copy until I had
heard of the airing several months after the event and reminded them of their
obligations. The short clip of my interview is further framed with a lead-in and
closing that is meant to present me in a ridiculous and paranoid fashion. I
maintain the fullness of the interview allows the viewer a more comprehensive
perspective on both myself and the manner in which the movie was created, as
well as the issues involved.

While people elsewhere on the Internet have speculated that the Unitarian
Baha'is and Baha'u'llah's great-grand-daughter Nigar Bahai Amsalem may have
funded, or been behind the movie, or the Haifan Baha'is in what would be a
highly characteristic counter-disinformation effort, since much of the movie
simultaneously attempts to diffuse suspicions raised in the film, presenting
Haifans as innocuous, the fact remains that in 2011 it is still unresolved from
whom or where Belfilms received funding for the movie and what was the true
motivation for its production. Others have speculated that the Israeli
government was behind the movie in some way. To a perceptive viewer aware of the
actual historical record of Haifan Baha'is when it comes to religious freedom
and speech, the movie clearly constitutes more than a "mockumentary."

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 1 - Full Interview - Streaming wmv. Naama
Pyritz from Belfilms was the interviewer.

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 2 - Full Interview - Two Israeli cameramen
present throughout the full interview.

Baha'is in My Backyard - Segment 3 - Full Interview

On Youtube - Excerpts of Full Interview of FG by Belfilms
www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=27E91AB...



Bahais in My Backyard - trailer Youtube - Sets up FG and Juan
Cole as the demons in the paranoid fantasies of the uhj.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPSjw1OdRvs

"Documentary, 54 min. A Belfilms Production Directed by Naama Pyritz & Asaf
Shafir. Belfilms is one of the leading production houses in Israel, producing
drama, documentaries, feature films and commercials, for Israeli and foreign
broadcasters, advertising agencies, and international co-productions. Belfilms
features and documentaries have been screened in the cinema and television
throughout the world and at film and television leading festivals."

Much of the finished movie Baha'is in My Backyard is available on Youtube Playlist - though edited.
www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bah...


Reform Bahai Faith
www.ReformBahai.org


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