Education Under Fire

Education Under Fire

Education Under Fire profiles the growth, struggle, and inspiring spirit of the Baha ́i Institute for Higher Education. Baha ́is in Iran have been subjected to systematic persecution, including arrests, torture, and execution simply for refusing to recant their beliefs. They are also prohibited from going to college. In 1987, the semi-underground Baha ́i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) was formed to give young Baha ́is their only chance for a university-level education. Despite repeated raids and arrests, volunteer teachers and administrators created an independent, decentralized university system that has lifted the lives of thousands of Baha ́i students across Iran. In May, 2011, an organized assault was launched by the Iranian government in an attempt to shut down the BIHE. Over 30 homes were raided and over a dozen BIHE professors and administrators were detained. Several are still in prison for doing nothing more than trying to teach.

One of the most powerful human documentaries I have ever seen, Education Under Fire is sure to galvanize viewers who will be exposed to an outrage that until now has received little attention — the systematic denial of an entire religious community of the right to pursue higher education in their own country.

Elise Auerbach, Iran Specialist for Amnesty International USA