While pointing to the heavy burden cinema bears for showing the true face of resistance during an interview with the 16th Resistance Int’l Film Festival (RIFF), Hashemi said that the martyrdom of Iran's top commander Lieutenant General Qasem Soleimani is a special issue in the whole world.
American-born Hashemi, who was detained and imprisoned while back in the United States on unspecified charges, referred to the RIFF as a venue for showcasing the resistance front's works and creating a trend in the mass media atmosphere, “I think the Resistance Int’l Film Festival is playing a useful role in creating trends. For instance, the section which is about General Soleimani is very effective.”
“Media could play a key role in portraying the oppression of this resistance movement's figure all around the world,” she said adding that “the mass media, the cinema, in particular, should use its full potential to portray the dimensions of the resistance movement in the world.”
"Of course, we have produced several works in this field so far, especially on the subject of the war against Daesh terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, but it is not enough. The Islamic Republic of Iran is considered as the center of the resistance front and the whole world is watching us to see what is happening on the resistance line," she said.
Press TV journalist also said that the cinematic works in the field of resistance must be enhanced as the US is utilizing its cinema like a tool for uttering its policies.
Making remarks about the Vietnam War or other wars which the US has been behind, she said, "Washington has produced several films about such subjects and it is quite interesting how the US is shown in these movies as if it was right."
Later in the talk, Hashemi stressed the role of social media in sharing the news to let more people get exposed to the truth.
The annual Resistance festival is an attempt to commemorate the anniversary of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, which is known as the “Sacred Defense” in Iran. To this end, the event runs in two different stages. The first one took place during the Sacred Defense Week from September 21 to 28 in Tehran.
To mark the Basij week, the Resistance fest will launch the second phase on November 21–27, 2020.