Imam Khamenei

Denying the existence of a soft war against Islam is itself a soft war trick

Following the meeting of a group of filmmakers, producers and actors with the leader of the Islamic Revolution held on November 15, 2018, Ayatollah Khamenei wrote a message that includes additional points to the ones his Excellency made during the meeting as the meeting was closed down as scheduled, leaving no time for the additional points to be articulated. The website of KHAMENEI.IR publishes the text and the photo of the handwritten letter of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution -- as the points raised by the Supreme Leader can be of interest and guiding for all the members of the community of artists. The message encloses essential focal points regarding the duties of the members of the art community in response to the pervasive soft war staged against the country by the enemies. The following is the full text of the letter:

In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,

What was planned to be articulated during the speech made during last night’s meeting with dear filmmakers, producers, and actors but not mentioned due to shortage of time:


-The pervasive soft war staged by the enemy today is undeniable.


- However, some deny it, hence themselves forming a part of the soft war.


- In this war, artists and intellectuals resemble the armed forces in an actual military war.


-Some individuals pass by this national event indifferently; some side with the enemies and help them; the first group are irresponsible and the latter are on the side of the enemies. Compared to the armed forces in a military war, one can identify the culpability of both groups.


- Today, in the country, there is a large number of the people who take a responsible position and make great endeavors; this should increase day by day. 

- Defending the magnificence of Iran, the Iranian culture, the Iranian family, the glorious movement by the Iranian nation, etc. cannot be achieved merely through rhetoric and letters. Arts must take up the arena.

- The role of movies and TV series is very prominent in this regard.

- Attend to national issues in the series you produce; promote cultural themes such as the dear martyrs; the Sacred Defense; the Islamic Revolution; the Islamic lifestyle; the spiritual, faithful motives of the nation and their manifestations; their resistance against the super criminals and global corrupts; the Arbaeen walk and so forth. Articulate the greatness, independence, courage, scientific and practical capacities of this nation through the language of arts.


- The proper and artistic processing of these themes can be very attractive and popular, both within the country and among other countries and nations.


- Your remarks last night indicated that you share the same concerns. I ask Allah the Great to bestow prosperity on you.

November 16, 2018


  • arts
  • Cinema
  • Islamic Revolution
  • sacred defense