SCF to Host Showing of Film, “To Light a Candle”

(Bradenton, Fla., February 24, 2015) – State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) will host a screening of the film “To Light a Candle,” which examines religious persecution of the Baha’i people in Iran, at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., Building 10, Room 115. The film showing is free and open to the public.

The Baha’i faith is a monotheistic religion that emphasizes the spiritual unity of all humankind. Baha’is are one of the religious minorities in Iran that are persecuted and forbidden by the Islamic regime to study or teach in Iranian universities. In 1987, the Baha’is started an underground university. “To Light a Candle” shows how a small minority has defied the persecution and highlights the role of education in offering hope to the oppressed.

“To Light a Candle” is a film by Iranian-Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist Maziar Bahari, who was arrested and jailed for four months in Iran in 2009 on charges of espionage. He now lives in the U.K. and was the subject of the 2014 film “Rosewater,” written and directed by Jon Stewart, host of “The Daily Show.”

The film showing is sponsored by the Baha’is of Manatee/Sarasota and co-sponsored by the SCF Film Club. Seating is limited and is first come, first served.

For more information, contact Del Jacobs, Director of Film and Media Studies, at 941-752-5593 or Maps and directions are online at

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