Oliver Stone: Iran heart of Middle East for me
Tehran, American Oscar winner Oliver Stone said he had spent a lot of time in the Middle East countries and that Iran is the center of the region in his point of view.
Stone made the remarks in a live interview with Nader Talebzadeh on Iran-based TV channel 4 which was held on the sidelines of the 36th edition Fajr international film festival which will be underway until April 27 in Tehran.
He referred to Vietnam and said all the soldiers returned from the war brought nothing but sorrow and grief, adding that US had no chance to win that war because it was the US who occupied their country.
'We had a superficial government supporting the war which had no benefit to our country. It just led to disastrous results and I can say it was the worst war the US could be involved in,' Director of JFK said.
'We have always been involved in wars in the Middle East from Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Iran which has never been off the map. It has always been a target and still is a big target and original plan. We are dealing with the issue of Afghanistan for more than 18 years. Why ?' said Stone.
'America combined with the ISIS and Israel aims to destroy Middle East and make it a parking lot for America; to make it over and I think it is a very destructive plan and it is a tragedy,' American director stated.
'Americans have always been involved in war in different countries, but have never got any lesson from the disastrous results and still plan to start other wars, 'He added.
'I got tired of working drama and wanted to work on documentaries as it shows the reality,' he said as referring to his documentaries.
'I think it makes no difference who the president of the US is. When Obama came, we were hopeful that situation would get better, but nothing changed and now Mr. Trump is here and the same stories are going on again. This octopus will continue its path again and again. Iran is the main target for the US so it will not leave Syria until it gets access to Iran which is a rich country geopolitically. Iran is the key to the Middle East. The US aims to show Iran as a terrorist but it has no proof,' American well-known writer stated in his live interview with Nader Talebzadeh.
As to his presence in Iran Fajr international film festival, Stone said, 'I came to Iran to watch films and I have watched 5 films so far from everywhere.'
He said he would watch as many films as possible during his stay in Iran capital city, Tehran.
Stone hosted a workshop for filmmakers at Tehran University for the students craving to learn more and benefit from the knowledge and experiences of the prominent individuals.
The US inspirational filmmaker paid a visit to the festival venue and in his live interview with Nader Talebzadeh on Iran-based TV channel 4, said Iran is the center of Middle East for him.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA