“What happens when a regime that openly desires the destruction of nations obtains nuclear weapons?”
The film is an hour-long documentary, featuring terrific cinematography, and narrated by Emmy award-winning Iranian actress Shohreh Aghdashloo.
The film also features interviews with an impressively wide range of Iran experts. Among others, the film interviews Iran experts from the CIA and the Pentagon, Members of Congress, U.S. Ambassadors, Iranian democracy activists, and most impressively, former members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard itself.
IRANIUM goes far beyond the usual discussion of the impact of an Iranian nuclear bomb on Israel, and takes a good look instead at the danger of the Iranian regime and of a nuclear Iran for us here in the United States, and for the Western world at large.
The entire first half of the film, in fact, does not talk about the Iranian nuclear bomb at all. Instead, the film takes the viewer on a journey to understand the Iranian revolution in 1979, and the rise to power of the Islamist mullahs, headed by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. The filmmakers assert that “America has misread the guiding principles of the Islamic Republic,” and go on to show the rise of Islamist rule in Iran, and the expansion of that rule to promoting and orchestrating international terrorist attacks around the world, including the series of deadly attacks on Americans by Hezbollah in the 1980′s.
The second half of the film comes back to that original question: what happens when this regime, which has supported so much violence against the west, gets nuclear weapons?
The film discusses the Iranian nuclear program, and lays out the actual dangers facing the west from Iran. Israel is not even mentioned until about 60% into the film. Instead, the filmmakers lay out the 3 nightmare scenarios that U.S. security services fear from a nuclear Iran:
- Nuclear missiles being fired from ships in open waters at our port cities, like Baltimore, New York, and Washington, DC
- Smuggling a small nuclear bomb into the United States over the Mexican border (which we all know is far from air-tight)
- An electro-magnetic pulse weapon (essentially a small nuke), detonated in the atmosphere over the United States, which would take out all of our electronic infrastructure (from pacemakers to gas pumps), killing 9 out of 10 Americans within a year, from the collapse in infrastructure
Finally, the film discusses the rising democracy movement in Iran, and the stolen 2009 election, which resulted in tens of thousands of Iranians arrested, and hundreds killed, and asks what role the West should play in supporting those who are fighting for their freedom in Iran.
The film also discusses the failure of the 26 years of sanctions, and the folly of relying on “mutually assured destruction” to stop the apocalyptic rulers of Iran, given their obsession with ushering in the end-of-times, and ultimately tries to answer the question:
“What are the risks of not acting?”
If you want to know how important a film this really is, you need only consider the controversy that has arisen around this film in Canada. The planned Canadian screening of the film prompted a formal complaint from the Embassy of Iran about the screening, and the screening was nearly cancelled after threats of violent protests if the documentary was shown. The Canadian government has since ordered the film to be shown, in the face of threatened violence. If this film is important enough for the Iranians to issue formal protests and threaten violence over it, it is important enough to be seen.
In my opinion, for anyone who is interested in what is really going on in Iran, what the Iranian government is really trying to do, and the actual dangers of the Iranian nuclear program for the United States – this film is a MUST SEE!
I read a lot about the Middle East, and about Iran, and I was still struck by the map showing the true extent of Iranian nuclear installations, and by our own leaders’ testimony on the danger nuclear Iran presents to us. If you want to know what we’re really up against – this is definitely the film for you.
So you want to see this film?
IRANIUM will be screened all around the country at the national premiere event this Tuesday, February 8th ONLY!
The Minnesota premiere, sponsored by Minnesotans Against Terrorism, and featuring a speaker from the Iran Democratic Union, will be at the AMC theater in Maple Grove. Pre-ordered tickets are required, and can be ordered here.
For information about other screenings around the nation, please click here.
Watch the trailer below, and click here for more information
Disclaimer: I got to see a pre-release version of the film, in order to write this review. The version I saw may have differed slightly from the final version released to theaters.
[Image Source: IRANIUM Media Kit]