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Execution| 4mins
Director: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran | Producer: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: United States
Subject Tags: americas, art, creativity, freedom, freewill, human rights, iran, united states
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
The music video “Execution” by Okhtapus, featuring acclaimed Iranian singers Shahin Najafi and Majid Kazemi, directly confronts the Iranian government’s routine practice of inhumane state executions. Iran has the highest per-capita execution rate in the world and annually executes more people than almost any other country. It is one of very few countries to carry out public executions, and it has been censured by the United Nations for its routine practice of executing individuals convicted of crimes that do not meet minimum international standards for capital punishment. With stark camera work and unflinching verse, Najafi and Kazemi address head on the cruelty of state executions in Iran. They sing of the plight of vulnerable individuals who are put to death despite the condemnation of human rights groups worldwide. They sing of the children who are brought to watch public executions in Iran as a routine form of group entertainment, and the corrupting effect this has on their developing humanity. They sing of the numerous societal problems in Iran that go unaddressed by the government—poverty, unemployment, and corruption—while the authorities resort to ever more aggressive execution policies. “Execution” is a searing call for the rejection of the Iranian government’s policies on capital punishment.

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