The haunting strains of Dubliner Luke Slot’s song ‘A Hundred Thousand Veils’ will swell to the rafters of Trinity College next Friday evening when the ordinary men and women of Dublin join Senator David Norris in support of a worthy human rights cause. Senator Norris will be the key note speaker at a screening of the Maziar Bahari film To Light a Candle.
Senator Norris, a notable human rights supporter, will be joined by other politicians and dignitaries, all joining their voices to that of Archbishop Desmond Tutu who himself has spoken out in support of the persecuted Bahá’ís in Iran.
The film which will get its first screening in Ireland on Friday night documents the prolonged and widespread persecution of the Bahá’í Faith in Iran but focuses in particular on the systematic and institutionalised ban on Bahá’í access to education.
‘Bahá’ís are banned from teaching in universities, and Bahá’í students are not given access to third level education,” said Ligia McGill of the organising committee for this week’s Trinity screening. Mr. Bahari’s film is a heartfelt response to the state sponsored persecution of members of the Baháí Faith who in addition to the education bar, have also been tortured and imprisoned on spurious charges.
Admission to the screening of the film is free, and all are welcome to the Global Room, Hamilton Building, Trinity College, Dublin on Friday February, 27th between 5.00 and 7.00p.m.