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The film’s female lead, Leila Hatami, gave an interview to Hebrew-language daily Yediot Aharonot several months ago at a film festival in Morocco. The actress said that Iranians don’t necessarily approve of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, but that the country’s true animosity for Israel comes from the regime, not the people. She paused the interview at one point to ask her translator if she would get in trouble at home for speaking to an Israeli reporter, but decided to press on.

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