50 Iranians, One Question: 'If You Could Do Anything You Wanted, What Would You Do?'

By Golnaz Esfandiari
Ali Molavi/YouTube

"If you could do anything you wanted, what would you do?"

That's the question Iranian artist Ali Molavi asked 50 people in Tehran, including a young man dressed as a fan of heavy metal music who says he would destroy the world if he could.

Another man has a more altruistic wish: "I would fix our country's problems, the unemployment of youth," he says. 

Still another first asks whether what he says will be censored.

After apparently receiving an assurance that his comments won't be subjected to censorship, he touches on a sensitive subject: "I will fix [Iran's] relations with America," he says, adding that he would remove the sanctions that are in place against Iran over its nuclear program. (Click on the CC button to enable English subtitles.)

Molavi produced another video last year, called "Wish," in which he asked people in the Iranian capital about their wish for that day:

Molavi's videos offer a unique opportunity for a taste of the wishes and thoughts of ordinary Iranians, those who don't have much of a say in their own country and are not often heard from in Western media.


This post appears courtesy of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

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