International Education Is Not a Crime Campaign Launches With Screening of Maziar Bahari’s Film, "To Light A Candle"

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The Education Is Not A Crime campaign helps bring awareness to the persecution of Baha’i students and teachers by the Iranian Government.

Education Is Not A Crime Live 2015

Denying education to anyone for any reason is an international concern which will impact the state of the world now and in the future.

On February 27, 2015, local citizens will join in the launch of the international Education is Not a Crime campaign, with screenings of Maziar Bahari’s new documentary film, "To Light a Candle" to be held at The Ace Hotel Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, California at 8pm with special guest speakers: Actors Rainn Wilson and Eva LaRue, Entertainers Andy Grammer, Ozomatli, KC Porter, Luke Slott and Director Maziar Bahari.

The Education Is Not a Crime campaign is designed to bring awareness to the persecution of Baha’i students and teachers in Iran and show the vital role of education in building communities and sustaining hope. The film, "To Light A Candle" is a documentary aimed at exposing social injustice and religious intolerance through personal stories and rare footage – often smuggled out of Iran at great personal risk.

“Denying education to anyone for any reason is an international concern which will impact the state of the world now and in the future,” Says Emilia Sadeghi, public information officer of the Laguna Niguel Baha’i community. “We encourage all educators, students and local citizens to come show their support and help bring attention to the crime which is the denial of education to Baha’is of Iran.”

The screening of "To Light a Candle" will be held at The Ace Hotel Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles at 8pm on February 27, 2015 and will feature special guest speakers: Actors Rainn Wilson and Eva LaRue, Entertainers Andy Grammer, Ozomatli, KC Porter, Luke Slott and Director Maziar Bahari. Tickets for the event are $40 and can be purchased by visiting http://www.educationisnotacrime.me/content/live-event.

Another Education Is Not A Crime event will be held in Orange County, California on March 14, 2015 at 3pm at the Baha’I Center located at 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, CA 92672. The film "To Light A Candle" will be screened and a panel of well-respected professors and former students, who were part of the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education program in Iran, will be talking after the films end. This event is free to all whom attend.

These grassroots screenings are part of Education Is Not a Crime Day: February 27, 2015. The campaign website, educationisnotacrime.me, will feature voices of support from citizens around the world, and will tell a comprehensive story of the Baha’is in Iran, a religious minority that has overcome severe persecution to build solidarity, fortitude and hope among its people through its passion for education.

For more information please visit http://educationisnotacrime.me/ or go to https://www.facebook.com/educationisnotacrime

For additional information, please email Emilia Sadeghi at emiliasadeghi(at)gmail(dot)com

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