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Hussein, Who Said No

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Someone should upload this video in english




He%20who%20said%20No.jpgA still from the Iranian historical epic He Who Said No

The depiction debate

The issue appears far from clear-cut. Mohammad Taghi Fezel Meybodi, a lecturer in seminary of Qom and former adviser to ex-president Mohammad Khatami, told Middle East Eye: “There is no religious restriction to obstruct the depiction of great figures, unless showing the faces of the figures are regarded as an insult by people.

“There is no narrative in Islam or verse of the holy Koran forbidding the portrait of the great figures,” he added.

Bahzad Farahani, a well-known Iranian actor, director and screenwriter, told MEE that he was surprised the movie ran foul of some religious figures.

“There should be no problem for the movie to be screened, if Abulfazl bin Abbas isn’t insulted in the movie. But if his holiness Abulfazl bin Abbas is offended, the modifications should be applied.”

Jananti has also come out in favour of the movie. “No distortion of the history has been made in the movie,” he said back when it first stirred controversy in 2014.

A compromise was eventually agreed that Darvish would edit the three-hour movie down by an hour.  

“Some grand ayatollahs sent their representatives and saw the movie, and their logical and scientific opinions were applied on the film; besides, the other reason for shortening the movie was due to the cinemas, which aren’t able to show a movie that is 3 hours and 10 minutes long,” Darvish said.

“Therefore, we decreased the length of the movie to two hours and 10 minutes.”

After the edit, He Who Said No obtained authorisation to be screened in cinemas across Iran. However, once the screenings began in July, a group of protesters, believed to have political motives, gathered before the culture ministry building and some of the cinemas.

The protest was so intense that one woman, who was later apprehended, sliced her head open with a sword in protest. The incident caused so much of a stir that the ministry pulled the movie yet again.

The culture ministry has since said that the movie will not be shown as long as the grand ayatollahs do not give their blessings.

Amid the controversy, Deputy Culture Minister Hojatollah Ayyubi said: “Some political groups are enlarging and magnifying the issue of He Who Said No movie.”

Meybodi said: “I believe the information about the movie may have passed to the grand ayatollahs wrongly as many of them haven’t objected to the film.”

Political tool

According to him the only way that the movie could have provoked such deep controversy is if it was being used as a political tool by the hardliners in Iran who were seeking to descredit President Hassan Rouhani and his more moderate politics.

“My understanding is that the woman hitting herself in the head during protests was a sign that they are politically motivated,” Meybodi said.

“This kind of protests isn’t normal, and they just want to disrupt the activists of the ministry.”

Kouroush Narimani, a theatre director, also told MEE that he believed the Ministry of Culture should support artists and directors more than in the past.

In a statement, Darvish also said that He Who Said No had been the victim of a political deal.

He has blamed the culture minister for retreating in the face of protests, but not all supporters of the movie feel that the blame should rest with the ministry.

“The Ministry of Culture has done everything they could, the issue is not in the hands of the minister,” Farhani said.

The ministry has since scrambled to find yet another compromise.

“The solution we have found for the film and have passed it to the director is that they should put a halo of light around the faces of His Holiness Abolfazl bin Abbas and Ali Akbar bin Hussein, so that they can screen their movie in the cinemas,” the culture minister said in a statement in July.

But after all the twists, turns and concessions it remains to be seen whether Darvish – a well-known member of the so-called reform camp – will agree to this.

He has yet to make a comment on the offer, with the movie’s fate continuing to hang in the balance. 



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I read on line that an English dubbed version was in the works. I am assuming there is at least an English subtitled version.  Was this released anywhere on DVD or streaming outside of Iran? 

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English and +20 Subtitles!!

Hussein, Who Said No

‣ Created by: Ahmad Reza Darvish

‣ Runtime: 129 minutes

‣ Genre: History

In the name of God, the merciful and compassionate

After the death of Mu'awiyah, Yazid as the caliph of the Muslims, took control of the caliphate and wrote a letter to the governor of Medina asking him to take allegiance to Imam Hussein. Bukair, who has been chosen as the special courier of the Damascus court, is commissioned to deliver Yazid's letter to Medina. He is a passionate young man in search of the truth.

Download the movie from either of these links

Google Drive: https://bit.ly/35Y07bj

Yandex: https://bit.ly/3IasCQ2

[PLEASE READ] Subtitle Directions

1. Download the movie 

2. Install VLC Media Player (other media players can work as well) 

3. Inside VLC, find the movie file and open it 

4. English subtitles will already be set 

5. If you want to change the subtitle, navigate to the subtitle tab

If you encounter issues with subtitles, make sure you install VLC Media Player.


There are a total of 20 subtitles which consist of: English, Arabic, Azeri, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Kurdish, Kyrgyz, Nepali, Pashto, Persian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Turkish and Urdu.

Note: subtitles besides English may not be accurate.

Special thanks to Shia Traditionalist for translating the entire movie.

His Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shiatraditionalist/

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^ I have not clicked the download link.

But I have clicked the reddit link, which does take you to reddit and a discussion about the film. The link given there is the same as the one here. One of the reddit comments is as follows:


this movie has several problems in narrating the story of Ashura and what happened in Karbala as well as showing the faces of Hazrat Abbas, Hazrat Ali al-Akbar and Hazrat Ali al-Asqar so it was banned in Iran where it was produced.

followed by:


They released it last week after cutting those particular scenes.


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