Under the Staircase


Kimia Ferdowsi is a young Baha’i artist and filmmaker. Currently a candidate for an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, she is a 2009 winner of the NYAXE Gallery Competition. Below one can access a short film Kimia has created about the persecution of the Baha’is in Iran, with an emphasis on the death of her grandfather at the hands of the Islamic Republic soon after the Iranian Revolution.

[vimeo width=”480″ height=”320″]http://vimeo.com/9012015[/vimeo]


21 Responses

  1. Jason Stewart

    January 28, 2010 9:08 pm

    Such a beautiful, touching and heartwarming video. Thank you for doing this, Kimia. It is a reminder of the urgency of our work as Bahá’ís. What an exemplar soul you have in your family.

    God bless you,


  2. Doug Hartman

    January 29, 2010 7:35 am

    What a touching video showing the world the patience our Persian Baha’i brothers and sisters have shown in the face of countless tests and difficulties. Thank you for sharing this video with all of us!


    Doug Hartman
    Vancouver Island, B.C.

  3. Foad

    January 29, 2010 8:08 am

    Dear Kimia, Your grand father and many others sacreficed their lives for the betterment of the world, Your work is a reminder of our responsibility to follow their path.

  4. Ajit Giani

    January 29, 2010 8:50 pm

    Kimai Joon,

    I am truly moved by this video. While I have heard the story from your Dad and from Faran, this makes the story come alive for me.

    Thank you

  5. sb

    January 29, 2010 10:15 pm

    Despite the heritage of persecution in the families of these gentlemen, no discernible trace of bitterness exists in their commentary. What honor they bring to the name “Baha’i.” Thank you for this moving tribute .

  6. Ismail Obura

    January 29, 2010 10:40 pm

    Dear Kimia, what a heartfelt and touching video about the persecution on Iran and in particular your Grandfather.

    Ya’ Baha’u’l-Abha’

  7. lapiz

    January 30, 2010 6:01 am

    dear kimia:

    an old proverb says: if you sleep with a dog you’ll wake up with flees. i say if you contribute to political campaigns of (in this case the Democrats) you wake up two days before the arrival of ahmadinejad, finding your lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge.
    iri was not designated as a supporter of terrorism until 1984 according to the ruling, however in 1979, 52 u.s. staff of the embassy were taken hostage for 444 days. wasn’t that an act of terror?
    do some reading and make a film about the dirty politics of washington d.c.

  8. Richard

    January 30, 2010 5:30 pm

    Forgotten history

    Terrorism is not a new thing it has been around for thousands of years.
    The word “terrorism” is a new word.
    It is not even in the 1970 Webster’s dictionary
    In 1979 they were called “hostage takers”
    Carter (democrat) was cautious about getting the hostages killed if he used military force.
    Regan (republican) paid the “hostage takers” 8,000,000,000.00 as ransom.
    That is 8 Billion U.S. dollars
    Then Regan (republican) gave the Iranians a large shipment of 50 Hawk missiles and 2,504 BGM-71 TOW antitank missiles for one hostage, Benjamin Weir.
    Not to mention Regan (republican) smuggling Cocaine into the US to support the Contras.
    You remember the Iran Contra affair.

    But this is about Baha’is not republicans

  9. Richard

    January 30, 2010 5:49 pm

    Forgotten history

    Oh! And the name of the Iranian “terrorist” who took possession of the missiles

    Mir-Hossein Mousavi

  10. Dave Schornagel

    February 8, 2010 2:27 am

    Such a beautiful and touching video. We watched it at our unit convention today and it touched the hearts of everyone in attendance.

    Thank you for making such a wonderful video. One day we will view this video and rejoice in the fact that these atrocities are no longer ocurring

    Dave Schornagel, Cranbrook, British Columbia


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