Travel journalist Rick Steves’ film “Iran: Yesterday and Today” will be shown at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in room UCB-100 at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.
“At a time when world powers are urging the U.S. to use diplomacy over military options, the film is a good opportunity to learn about Iran and her people,” said Global Hope spokeswoman Bunny Smith.
The film presents Steves’ finding that Iranians are friendly and welcoming to Americans and very definite about their desire for peace.
“Iran has not invaded any country for over 200 years and has no military bases outside its borders. However, over 40 U.S. bases surround Iran close in outside its own borders. Iranians don’t forget that the U.S., through the CIA, overthrew their democratically elected government in 1953, starting years of repression under the Shah,” said Smith, who lived in Iran during those years.
A United Technologies/National Journal poll found 83 percent of the U.S. public opposes military action against Iran.
For directions to reach the UH-Hilo site of the free program, please check the campus map at http://hilo.hawaii.edu. For more information, please call Smith at 935-0622.