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Written by Naama Pyritz & Asaf Shafir, Belfilms Production, Enhance TV   
Tuesday, 03 July 2007

Bahais In My Backyard is a documentary film that lifts the curtain on a seemingly "feel good" religion and its involvement in world politics and the military.

A retired Mossad agent, a CIA seducer, a carpenter, a religion expert and a dead scientist, are all characters in this scandalous, yet humorous investigative film, which combines classic straightforward interviews, with unique access to the Bahai gardens.

Bahais In My Backyard offers a rare glimpse into the dealings of the Bahai religion, which plays a prominent role in the current history of Haifa.

World peace is the objective of the Bahai faith - a mysterious and widespread religion. This is an investigative road movie about two overachieving directors, a prophet's great-granddaughter, and a CIA agent. A detective-like quest after the Bahai religion, which originated in Iran some 150 years ago, and ended up building its world centre on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel.

They meet some elderly and sweet Bahais who knew both Kelly and the American CIA agent, but who are uncomfortable giving out 'classified' information.

Asaf grew up next to the beautiful Bahai gardens, staring out of his bedroom window when the Bahais excavated the entire Mount Carmel and built a secret underground city. He shared his thoughts and fears with Naama. They join forces to try and find out what lies beneath the Bahai Gardens - and document it cinematically. The directors' mission begins in their backyard, using their un-polished detective skills to garner as much information about the underground city as possible. They make numerous trips to the Bahai gardens as "tourists", trying to find loop holes which will gain them access them to the floors below. They meet people who have worked for the Bahai under ground, and who are willing to anonymously reveal what lies beneath.

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More information:
Haifa 22nd International Film Festival showing
First Hand Films

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1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 30-07-2007 10:47 - Guest
This "documentary" is absolute nonsense. As someone who has been to Haifa, is thoroughly grounded in Baha'i history and beliefs, and those radical groups which attempt to slander the Baha'i Faith, I can tell you how this is flat out false. 
Any idea of government conspiracies that drive the Baha'i Faith is absurd. That kind of talk was a baseless attempt by fanatic Muslim clerics in Iran in the 19th century to slander the Baha'i Faith. They blamed everything that went wrong on the British, and of all those conspiracy theories the one about the Baha'i's was a drop in the bucket. Such conspiracy theories have been preserved, expanded, and passed down by anti-Baha'i's throughout the years.  
These "filmmakers" have been mislead and misunderstanding every step of the way. Their references in creating the film were the same anti Baha'i's propagating these absurd views. Furthermore, they tactically cut the film and frame people, events, and quotes out of context, and neglecting of retort to their biased and absurd conclusions.
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 30-07-2007 13:01 - Guest
And do you have any evidence for these assertions, Keyvan? I've seen the documentary and it's simply not as you describe. The film-makers are reaonably careful not to frame people, events and quotes out of context. I think they've done a good job of making an entertaining and informative documentary.
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 07-09-2007 07:16 - Guest
Baha'u'llah's Great Granddaughter
I would like, very much, to have contact information for the Great Granddaughter of Baha'u'llah, who appeared in the film. 
Is this possible?

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