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TEHRAN — The son of U.S. filmmaker Oliver Stone, Sean, who recently converted to Shiism, was the guest of honor, in mid-February, at the 30th Fajr International Film Festival.

Stone converted at the office of Shia cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Nasseri Dowlatabadi in the city of Isfahan.

On receiving his award, Stone expressed his thanks to Iranians and hoped to make joint films to help improve relations between Iran and the United States, the Persian service of ISNA reported in late February.

In a recent interview, Stone, of Jewish background, gave his views on the potential attack on Iran: “My issue, really, is I don’t want to see our country go to war, and, you know, if it’s going to be over the potential threat that Iran is to Israel, I would say that’s a complete lie,” explained Stone. “We are in a very dangerous situation – precarious situation – right now, if Israel gets the green light, and attacks preemptively Iran, the way that we preemptively attacked Iraq. That’s what I’m most concerned about.”

As reported by Mehr News, Stone has traveled to Iran searching for suitable locations for his film which he explained as a project focusing on Rumi and Persian mysticism. He said that he needs to study Persian culture to get a proper feel for its civilities, rituals and traditions.

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